True Crime (1999)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  19 March 1999 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Everett (as Francesca Fisher-Eastwood)


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 <>

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

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True Crimes  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,276,109 (USA) (19 March 1999)


£592,486 (UK) (4 June 1999)

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Clint Eastwood's twelfth film as a producer and his twenty-first as a director. See more »


When picking the lock to Michell's door, it is a full steel door in a street, but when he enters he comes in through a glass door from a backyard. See more »


Steve Everett: OK, Lets play speed zoo!
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Fair thriller
23 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another fairly dreary thriller from Clint Eastwood based on a best-seller. As a broken down reporter hoping to redeem himself by saving an innocent man from death row, Eastwood might have been able to make something out of his role, but his insistence, at age 68, to play a ladies man, one who is even seen shirtless, sabotages the effort, as does his decision to play Steve Everett (which sounds like the name of a character Elvis would have played in one of his race car movies) as a chain smoker. Like Dustin Hoffman in "Straw Dogs" and Kevin Costner in "The Untouchables," just the way he holds the cigarette convinces a smoker like myself that health nut Clint is a pretender to the nicotine habit.

Still, unlike "Absolute Power," his previous starring vehicle, "True Crime" manages to work up a fair amount of suspense as Eastwood races against the clock to save a man's life and to save his own career. There's also a fine cast. Unlike his potboilers of the 70s and 80s in which the supporting roles were usually filled by good actors whose careers had nonetheless seen better days, here, as in most of his films from the 90s, Eastwood is surrounded by other "name" actors, including James Woods and Dennis Leary, both of whom have enough intensity to keep Eastwood awake.

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