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True Crime -- Clint Eastwood stars as a troubled investigative reporter whose searches for the truth provides the only hope for a convict wrongly condemned to death in this fast-paced thriller.
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Writers (WGA):
Andrew Klavan (novel)
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Release Date:
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 ... Herself - 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)
Marcus J. Oliver ... Basketball kid (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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The film was made and released about two years after its source novel of the same name by Andrew Klavan had been first published in 1997.See more »
Errors in geography: The crime the plot centers on takes place in Richmond, in Contra Costa County. The prosecutors Everett tangles with in an effort to free the condemned man are at the Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland. A murder in Richmond would be tried in Superior Court there or at the Contra Costa County seat in Martinez.See more »
Steve Everett:OK, Lets play speed zoo!See more »
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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
1999's best film thus far, 20 March 1999
Author: Sean Rutledge ( from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

"True Crime" was a real surprise for me. I expected a good movie, but I didn't expect an excellent movie, and excellent movie is what I got. Clint Eastwood is a truly gifted individual, both as an actor and as a director. This is by far one of his best achievements, and is the best film of 1999 so far.

The film is the story of a sexually promiscuous journalist, Steve Everett played by Clint Eastwood, who is assigned to interview a man just before his execution. The man on death row insists that he is innocent, and Steve having a "nose" for sniffing when something is astray, believes him and desperately begins an investigation with the hope of saving his life. At first, the film seems to be trying to send a message about the death penalty, but soon we realize that this is not the case. There are many other integral issues being explored. I mentioned earlier that Steve is promiscuous in that he has had sexual relations with a number of his coworkers. He describes himself as "searching for love". Considering that he is married, he seems like a lonely man. There are a number of crude sexual innuendos thrown around the office at the Tribune and at first they don't seem to make sense. At points, they are incredibly funny, but they seem out of place, but it becomes evident that this is a further reflection of Steve's lonely character. He is a lonely man who lives in the articles that he writes for the Oakland Tribune. Perhaps this is why he gets so involved in them. Here he wants to save a man from being executed, a year before he tried to prove that a man who had committed rape was innocent. Steve seems to live in this sort of reality. In a heartbreaking scene, Steve's wife says that she is not one of his articles.

One of the most interesting aspects of "True Crime" is the references to Santa Claus. We see a homeless man on the street trying get get some money and sex. We later see him in a Santa Claus outfit, and he says that if you're going to be Santa Claus "you're going to be alone" What is is that Santa Claus supposedly does? He gives us presents, right? The figure of Santa becomes a metaphor for Steve's life as a journalist. He gives people their presents by writing good articles, but is in fact alone. In an earlier scene one of his coworkers tells him that he can't be Santa because he doesn't exist. Metaphorically however, he can exist, and Steve represents him as a journalist. One may ask, why use Santa as this metaphor. I suspect it's pure irony. Santa Claus is typically seen as bringing people together at the joyous time of Christmas, but maybe one could view the mythological being as someone who is also lonely because he spends so much time trying to make other people happy. But the whole notion of Santa is mythological and even spiritual, so one can conceive of him as doing things only for other people and being happy, but human beings like Steve have a need to pursue their own happiness, and it is here that Steve's character is torn, thus creating the tension with significant others in his life.

Ultimately, the film is about loneliness, and I must say that it is one of the only films that I have seen that has effectively implemented both humor and tragedy in a useful way. The story in itself is is no way funny, but there are many moments of hilarity that work effectively. Unlike other films, the humor is not used to distract us from the tragedy of the events that occur in the plot, but rather are a clever representation of Steve's character and the irony of the situation.

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