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True Believer (1989)

 -  Drama | Crime  -  17 February 1989 (USA)
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A cynical former civil liberties attorney now reduced to "specializing" in defending drug dealers becomes transformed by an eight-year-old murder case.

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Eddie Dodd is a burnt out former civil rights lawyer who now specializes in defending drug dealers. Roger Baron, newly graduated from law school, has followed Eddie's great cases and now wants to learn at his feet. With Roger's idealistic prodding, Eddie reluctantly takes on a case of a young Korean man who, according to his mom, has been in jail for eight years for a murder he did not commit. Written by <Vertigus@aol.com>

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When evidence leads to murder, sometimes it takes a dangerous man to free an innocent one.

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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

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$8,742,750 (USA)
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Trivia

The character of Eddie Dodd was modeled after famed civil rights lawyer Tony Serra. See more »

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Beneath his mugshot, Chucky Loeder's name is spelled with a "y", however, in the credits it is spelled "ie". See more »

Quotes

Robert Reynard: Why did I think I could reason with a man who defends coke pushers for free?
Eddie Dodd: No, no: coke dealers pay cash! That subsidizes the pot possession cases; they're free!
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La Marea
Written and Performed by Rubén Blades
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Believe in the Cause
16 October 2000 | by (SAn Francisco) – See all my reviews

True Believer is certainly a compelling film. James Woods turns in another fine performance as Eddie Dodd, a former civil rights lawyer now dealing mostly with drug cases.

Robert Downey, Jr. arrives on the scene to rekindle Eddie's flames for justice as he takes on the case of a young Korean man accused of a jailhouse murder. Eddie decides to retry the original murder that jailed the young man for which he claimed he was not guilty.


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