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True Crime (1999)

Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate's innocence just hours before his execution?

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Steve Everett, Oakland Tribune journalist with a passion for women and alcohol, is given the coverage of the upcoming execution of murderer Frank Beachum. His attractive colleague Michelle died in a car accident the night before. Bob Findley, Steve's boss and husband to Steve's current affair, wants him dead and gone as soon as possible. When Steve stumbles across the possibility of Frank Beachum being innocently on death row, Bob feels his time to have come. Now Steve only has a few hours left to prove the innocence of Frank and to be right with this theory, as he definitely will be history if he's not. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,276,109, 21 March 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,635,339, 23 May 1999
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Currently, this is the last time Eastwood used the aspect ratio 1.85:1. See more »

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When Steve calls information to be connected to Dale Porterhouse at Stokes and Whitney; he gives his pager number to the receptionist, he then sets the prop phone down on the table without pressing the button to hang up the call. The type of handset used has a button to place and end calls. See more »

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Dr. Roger Waters: [examining Beechum] Blood pressure: 120 over 70. Normal. All right, open wide. Looks fine. Healthy as a horse. Just one more thing, Luther.
Warden Luther Plunkitt: You got to whiz in the cup, Frank. Then we're done.
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Little Drummer Boy
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Hurrah for Clint
25 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

No C.E. movie can ever be a complete disappointment but this one came close. Clint kissing a girl almost 50 years younger, Clint with a kid, while he could be her grand-grandfather etc. These are hopeless scenes, to be forgotten as quickly as we can. But with James Woods and is his pursuit for the truth it is still the good-old Clint Eastwood.

Unfortunately the story isn't strong enough to tip the balance. The film drags on till a ridiculous ending that fits in every Hollywood tradition, but is just a little bit too optimistic about the working of the judicial system for my taste. Oh, what the heck, I still had a good evening in front of the tv.


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