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True Believer (1989)

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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Art Esparza
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Vincent Dennehy
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Maraquilla Esparza
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Chuckie Loeder
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Ortega (as Luis Guzman)
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Dean Rabin
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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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Someone Got Away with Murder ... Until Now. See more »

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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

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Das dreckige Spiel  »

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$8,742,750 (USA)
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Although much is made of Shu Kai Kim's supposedly distinctly Korean facial features, he is played by Yuji Okumoto, a Japanese-American actor. See more »

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When showing the original murder in flashbacks, the killer is standing five feet or more away from the body when he shoots him. When Dennehy tells Dodd and the flashback is shown beneath the bridge, the gun is aimed only a few inches from the previous bullet hole. A gun fired that close would leave burn marks and gunpowder residue on the victim's head, which would be incongruous with the eyewitness accounts of the actual murder. See more »

Quotes

Roger Baron: Art Esparza killed Jimmy Chin... the killer wasn't Chinese! Cecil Skell was right!
Eddie Dodd: [ecstatic] Everybody else was wrong, the one fucking lunatic was RIGHT!
Roger Baron: Does this mean the phone company killed Kennedy?
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La Marea
Written and Performed by Rubén Blades
Courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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