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True Believer (1989)

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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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Art Esparza
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Vincent Dennehy
Sully Diaz ...
Maraquilla Esparza
Misan Kim ...
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Chuckie Loeder
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Ortega (as Luis Guzman)
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Tony Haney ...
Montell
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Dean Rabin
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Storyline

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. See more »

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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das dreckige Spiel  »

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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 »

Goofs

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

Shu Kai Kim: My mother find you?
Eddie Dodd: That's right.
Shu Kai Kim: [disgusted] Figures.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Homer and Apu (1994) See more »

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Amazing Grace
(1779) (uncredited)
Written by John Newton
Sung during prisoner chapel service
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Found it, at last!
11 January 2005 | by (New York State, US) – See all my reviews

Finding this film after 13 or 14 years makes me a True Believer in Google!

Having forgotten both the names of this film, and the lead actor, I have remembered the character portrayals and plot lines for all this time, and have been scouring video stores and film catalogs for years, trying to recall some scrap of identifying info so I could rent it again, or even buy it.

On an usually quiet day today, I just happened to stop at a Blockbuster two doors from a public library. When I received the usual "Sorry, can't help you without a title," from the Blockbuster clerk, I came over to the library computer and Advance-Googled "courtroom drama Asian suspect" entering years between 1980 and 1990, and VOILA!!!!! Guess where I'm going when I log off . . . Anyone into the courtroom drama genre should enjoy this film tremendously. After 15 years, I'm finally going to see it again! YAYYYYY!


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