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Writers (WGA):
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19 March 1999 (USA) See more »
Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate's innocence just hours before his execution? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Clint Eastwood ... Steve Everett

Isaiah Washington ... Frank Louis Beechum

LisaGay Hamilton ... Bonnie Beechum

James Woods ... Alan Mann

Denis Leary ... Bob Findley

Bernard Hill ... Warden Luther Plunkitt

Diane Venora ... Barbara Everett

Michael McKean ... Reverend Shillerman

Michael Jeter ... Dale Porterhouse

Mary McCormack ... Michelle Ziegler

Hattie Winston ... Angela Russel

Penny Bae Bridges ... Gail Beechum

Francesca Eastwood ... Kate Everett (as Francesca Fisher-Eastwood)

John Finn ... Reedy

Laila Robins ... Patricia Findley

Sydney Tamiia Poitier ... Jane March (as Sydney Poitier)

Erik King ... Pussy Man

Graham Beckel ... Arnold McCardle

Frances Fisher ... D.A. Cecilia Nussbaum

Marissa Ribisi ... Amy Wilson

Christine Ebersole ... Bridget Rossiter

Anthony Zerbe ... Henry Lowenstein
Nancy Giles ... Leesha Mitchell

Tom McGowan ... Tom Donaldson

William Windom ... Neil
Don West ... Dr. Roger Waters

Lucy Liu ... Toy Shop Girl (as Lucy Alexis Liu)

Dina Eastwood ... Wilma Francis
Leslie Griffith ... TV Anchor
Dennis Richmond ... TV Anchor
Frank Somerville ... Afternoon News Anchor
Dan Green ... Field Producer
Nicholas Bearde ... Reuben Skycock (as Nicolas Bearde)

Frances Lee McCain ... Mrs. Lowenstein
Cecil Williams ... Reverend Williams (as Rev. Cecil Williams)

Casey Lee ... Warren Russell

Jack Kehler ... Mr. Ziegler

Colman Domingo ... Wally Cartwright
Linda Hoy ... Counter Woman at Pocum's Grocery
Danny Kovacs ... Atkins

Kelvin Han Yee ... Zachary Platt

Kathryn Howell ... Nurse
Beulah Stanley ... Female Guard

George Maguire ... Frederick Robertson
Bill Wattenburg ... Radio Reporter
Cathy Fithian ... Nancy Larson
Roland T. Abasolo ... Guard (as Roland Abasolo)
Michael Halton ... Guard

Jade Marx-Berti ... Waitress
Velica Marie Davis ... Purse Whacker
John B. Scott ... Colonel Drummond
Edward Silva ... Colonel Hernandez
Jordan Sax ... Colonel Badger

Rob Reece ... Executioner
Walter Brown ... Beechum Family Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carmen Molinari ... Couple in Park (also archive footage)
Bob Dini ... Editor (uncredited)

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
Writing credits
Andrew Klavan (novel)

Larry Gross (screenplay) and
Paul Brickman (screenplay) and
Stephen Schiff (screenplay)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Tom Rooker .... executive producer
Lili Fini Zanuck .... producer
Richard D. Zanuck .... producer
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
Cinematography by
Jack N. Green 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
Art Direction by
Jack G. Taylor Jr. 
Set Decoration by
Richard C. Goddard 
Makeup Department
Patricia DeHaney .... key hair stylist (as Patricia Dehaney-Le May)
Tania McComas .... key makeup artist
James Lee McCoy .... makeup artist
Carol A. O'Connell .... key hair stylist
Jennifer Zide .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Art Levinson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Lorenz .... first assistant director
John M. Morse .... second second assistant director
Tom Rooker .... second assistant director
Dodi Lee Rubenstein .... second assistant director
Louis Paul Tocchet .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Margaret Cox .... art department researcher
Jimmy Garrett .... greensman (as Jim Garrett)
Chuck Herrmann .... assistant property master
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. .... lead set designer (as Joe Pacelli)
Clarence Lynn Price .... construction coordinator (as Lynn Price)
Sandra Renfroe .... leadperson
Mike Rutgard .... leadperson (as Michael Rutgard)
John Schacht .... leadperson
Michael Sexton .... property master (as Mike Sexton)
Wayne Smith .... stand-by painter
Dean Backer .... local lead man (uncredited)
Jann K. Engel .... set designer (uncredited)
Lawrence Hornbeck .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Dave McComb .... construction estimator (uncredited)
Robert L. Peden .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Steven M. Saylor .... set designer (uncredited)
Louis Visco .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bub Asman .... supervising sound editor
Mitchell B. Boyce .... cable person (as Mitchell Boyce)
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... dialogue editor
Flash Deros .... boom operator
Mike Dobie .... sound effects editor
Juno J. Ellis .... supervising adr editor
Donald Flick .... sound effects editor
Matthew Harrison .... foley editor
Denise Horta .... adr editor
David L. Horton Jr. .... foley editor (as Dave Horton Jr.)
David M. Horton .... sound effects editor (as Dave Horton Sr.)
Doug Jackson .... sound effects editor
Scott D. Jackson .... foley editor (as Maxwell Spencer Jackson)
Stephen Janisz .... adr editor
Adam Johnston .... sound effects editor
Jason King .... sound effects editor
Gary Krivacek .... sound effects editor
Darrin Martin .... assistant sound editor
Victoria Martin .... foley supervisor
Walt Martin .... sound mixer
James Matheny .... dialogue editor
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Craig Nolan .... assistant sound editor (as Craig L. Nolan)
Kim Nolan .... assistant sound editor (as Kim Nolan-Morrell)
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Ruiz .... assistant sound editor
Scott Shadden .... assistant sound editor
Karen Spangenberg .... supervising dialogue editor
Paul C. Warschilka .... assistant sound editor
Karen G. Wilson .... dialogue editor (as Karen Wilson)
Bob Wishnefsky .... assistant sound editor
Eric Gotthelf .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Mark Johnston .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Casey Stone .... additional recording engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jack Davis .... special effects
Howard Frazier .... special effects
John Frazier .... special effects coordinator
Matt Heron .... special effects (as Matthew Heron)
Tim Moran .... special effects
Joe Pancake .... special effects
Steve Riley .... special effects
Dominic V. Ruiz .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
LaFaye Baker .... stunts
Dan Bell .... stunts
Rocky Capella .... stunts
Liisa Cohen .... stunts
Jeffrey Eith .... stunts (as Jeff Eith)
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts
Jack Gill .... stunts
Ted Grossman .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Tim Meredith .... stunts
Jeff Mosley .... stunts
George Orrison .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunts
Samantha Roth .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator
Debbie Evans .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Andy Gill .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Steve Kelso .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Tim Meredith .... stunt driver (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
Timothy Roberts .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Tony Vella .... stunts precision driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stewart Barbee .... additional camera operator
Ken Bazal .... additional second assistant camera (as Kenneth Bazal Jr.)
Stephen S. Campanelli .... Steadicam operator
Stephen S. Campanelli .... camera operator
Bill Coe .... first assistant camera
Sam Emerson .... still photographer (as Sam Young Emerson)
Maurice Freeman .... additional camera operator
Jan Gould .... best boy
Peter N. Green .... second assistant camera
Frank Helbig .... assistant chief lighting technician
Doug Hunt .... additional first assistant camera (as Douglas W. Hunt)
Vance Piper .... additional first assistant camera
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Michael Santy .... additional camera operator
Tom Stern .... lighting consultant (as Thomas Stern)
Kevin Thompson .... chief lighting technician
Charles W. Wayt .... dolly grip (as Chuck Wayt)
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: SpaceCam (uncredited)
Heather Green .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Casting Department
Olivia Harris .... casting associate
Nancy Hayes .... additional casting
Jennifer Van Horn .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ann Culotta .... set costumer
Lynda Foote .... key costumer
Sybil Gray .... set costumer
Deborah Hopper .... costume supervisor
Rebeka L. Roberts .... costume ager/dyer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Michael Cipriano .... assistant film editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Gary Roach .... assistant film editor
Don Roth .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Robert Fernandez .... music scoring mixer (as Bobby Fernandez)
Donald Harris .... music editor (as Don Harris)
Transportation Department
Pete Bianco .... transportation captain
Keith Dillin .... transportation coordinator
Karen K. Chang .... transportation office coordinator (uncredited)
Dillin Craig .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Gaskill .... driver (uncredited)
John R. Lopez .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Edward Allen .... assistant production accountant
Kokayi Ampah .... location manager
Jon Bachmann .... production aide
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Brenda Berrisford .... assistant: Mr. Zanuck
Mark Bosia .... first aid
Karen K. Chang .... production aide (as Karen Chang)
Louise DeCordoba .... production accountant
Kitty Douglas .... set production aide
Tamsin Foster .... production aide
Lance Hoffman .... location staff assistant
Craig Hosking .... helicopter pilot
Edward Hunt .... production secretary
Joy Kaplan .... assistant: Mrs. Zanuck
Don Kincade .... location liaison: Oakland
Joy MacFarlane .... technical advisor (as Lt. Joy MacFarlane)
Kerry Lyn McKissick .... script supervisor
Dan Miller .... set production aide (as Daniel Miller)
Danny Morris .... craft service
Todd Paonessa .... location staff assistant
Joe Roddey .... set production aide
Melissa Rooker .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Dominic V. Ruiz .... set production aide
Eric D. Shain .... assistant production accountant
Leslie Silvey .... assistant production office supervisor
Andrew White .... production office supervisor
Tony Kerum .... caterer (uncredited)
Tom Sellitti .... assistant: Mr. Leary (uncredited)
Jim Swidarski .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language and some violence
127 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Denis Leary stated that he had never watched this movie, believing that his head would explode if he saw himself acting in a scene next to Clint Eastwood.See more »
Continuity: When Everett is speeding on the highway past a rental bus on his left headed to to the governors house he runs along the guardrail creating large sparks from the collision. Later in the chase, after avoiding the pursuit vehicles, he spins his Mustang around and there is no damage whatsoever to the right side of his car.See more »
Steve Everett:You're right, pal. Santa Claus rides alone.See more »
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27 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Clint soars again with a good cast, adding lustre to routine story., 19 March 1999
Author: Ian Harrison from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

I'll be perfectly frank; it's difficult for me not to have bias in my reviews of Clint Eastwood films because I admire his persona as a actor and director a great deal. However, saying that, I never shy away from giving credit when credit is due. I praised "Bridges of Madison County," raved "In the Line of Fire," okayed "Absolute Power," and failed to see the point of "Midnight in the Garden..." Clint's latest effort, entitled TRUE CRIME, is another good mystery that can be added to Clint's stellar works of the nineties. I will admit that it doesn't necessarily give us a story that we haven't seen before, or give us a Clint that we failed to notice previously, but the acting is so top-notch and the story is very well-paced, it's very hard to knock this film. Clint is a journalist for an Oakland paper who is famous for turning print media into crime-solving reports. He is also far from saintly, sleeping around with various women of assorted age groups (one of them happens to be his supervisor's wife), and of course, he drinks up a storm. Amidst all these turn-offs, he still has the guts to prove that a young black man (Isaiah Washington, in a fine performance) is not guilty of killing a convenience store clerk in cold blood. He has less than a day to prove it because, it so happens, Washington is to be executed by lethal injection at San Quentin by a minute after midnight, that very night! Sound familiar? What does work very well in TRUE CRIME is the way in which the film is paced. Clint cuts right to the chase, giving us just the facts, keeping the suspense taut throughout the whole film, and maintaining our interest. His cast is well chosen as always. Washington is a fine new talent, doing an effecting acting job here. James Woods appears in a few entertaining scenes as the head editor of the paper, humorous and stylish as usual. Denis Leary, very subdued this time, is Eastwood's protege. Frances Fisher even turns up briefly as the district attorney who handled Washington's case six years before. TRUE CRIME is a good thriller, told with quick pacing, effective acting, and good direction as always by Eastwood. The only major problem I have is that it doesn't provide us with any new plotlines or intricate complications. But then again, how often do we get something like this from Hollywood anymore? It is certainly not a lot. Rating: Three stars.

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