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A Murder of Crows (1998)

A disbarred lawyer takes credit for a late friend's book, which becomes a smash hit but the tables turn on him sooner than he suspected.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lawson Russell
Clifford Dubose
Elizabeth Pope
Thurman Parks III
Prof. Arthur Corvus
Janine DeVrie
Judge Wiley Banning
Billy Ray Richardson
Jeremiah Black ...
Derek Broes ...
Agent Manning
Gaelle Comparat ...
Thurman's Girl (as Gaelle Compart)
Tara Crespo ...
Young Woman
Clerk (as Anastasia Drake)


After a lawyer gets disbarred, he goes off to write a book about his experience. He meets a man who lets him read his manuscript. The man dies and the lawyer passes the book off as his. Just when the book becomes a big success. He gets arrested for the true life murders of the five lawyers in his book. He then finds himself, trying to prove that he is innocent of the murders. Written by Anonymous

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lawyer | book | murder | louisiana | killer | See All (41) »


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Rated R for language, nudity, a scene of strong sexuality and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nido de cuervos  »

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The 2009 Bollywood movie "Fox" starring Arjun Rampal and Sunny Deol is inspired by this movie. See more »


When Russell is holding the two guns, he is panicked by the thought that his fingerprints are on a murder weapon. A halfway decent defense lawyer would also realize that there would be no gunshot residue on him. See more »


Lawson Russell: Drink, detective?
Clifford Dubose: Nah. Never touch it. Makes me happy.
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References The Warriors (1979) See more »


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Vengeance is Mine saith the LORD
24 April 2005 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** "A Murder of Crows" starts off interesting enough with New Orleans defense attorney Lawson Russell sitting in his home and just about to be assassinated by this guy dressed in a Devil costume on Fat Tuesday evening.

Russell is told to get of the case he's presiding on that involves New Orleans defending blue-blood Truman Parks III. The mask man is told by Russell that if he refuses to defend Parks he can kiss his career in law good-by; this seemed to have caused the killer to change his mind in doing in Russell.

Never the less Russell purposely tries to lose the case for his client Parks and is then disbarred from practicing law for life. Lawson Russell then goes to live in his late fathers home in Key West to start a new career as a writer and part time tourist guide. It's there that he meets this old eccentric Christopher Marlow who after having a ride with him on his boat gives his this manuscript "A Murder of Crows" to read and tell him later what he thinks of it. It must have been a very good story since Russell read in overnight and when he came back to Marlow's hotel room he finds out that he died the night before.

Deciding to have the book "A Murder of Crows" published under his name it soon becomes an overnight best seller and Russell is all over the press as one of the most talented young writers in America. But the book is more then just a good novel what it's about, the murder of five prominent defense attorneys, is true and true enough for the police to suspect that Russell murdered them! In the fact that he knows things about the murders that only the killer who murdered them and the police who investigated the case knew.

Cuba Goding Jr. as fugitive Lawson Russell was like a bouncing ball on the screen bouncing from New Orleans to Key West and back with the police in both those cities, and all points in-between, not being able to catch him. He seemed to be invisible where almost no one recognized him! Which is very improbable with him being wanted for five murders and having his picture in all the papers and on the TV news and also being the author of the biggest best seller in the country!

Looking for the elusive Christopler Marlow Russell comes across a phone connection in New Orleans that somehow puts him, Marlow, there and in Key West Russell soon finds out that the man was a fraud and never existed! And that he, and his cohorts, somehow set up and framed Russell for the murders that Marlow wrote in his book.

It would have been so easy for Russell to prove his innocence by proving that he wasn't in the places, that were all across the southern US, where the murders in the book "A Murder of Crows" were committed. Also how did Marlow know that Russell would later have burnt the manuscript, that would have proved Russell's innocence, that he gave him and later had it publish under his name implicating him in the murders?

Tom Berenger as New Orleans Det. Clifford DuBose did his best to be over-the-top in his actions as a gong-ho type who liked to do things "His Way". So much so that he kept the FBI out of the loop and almost caused the case of the "dead defense attorneys" to go cold. And thus have the killer get away due to his selfish and unprofessional actions.

The ending was just too much to take taking away any believability at all that the movie had left up until then with Russell ending up just like the clients of the five defense lawyers did in the book "A Murder of Crows" as well as Truman Parks III in real life.

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