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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)
Larry Gross (screenplay) ...
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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)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Errors in geography: When the execution begins, the prison guard reads an order saying that the defendant was convicted in Alameda County Superior Court. The crime took place in Richmond, California which is located in Contra Costa County. Therefore the order would come from the Superior Court in Contra Costa County.See more »
Steve Everett:[driving to the Governor's mansion, to try and get a last-minute reprieve for a condemned man] We go fast!See more »
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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Good character driven story – but usual `race against the clock' conclusion, 2 May 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

When his colleague is killed in a car crash, worn out journalist Steve Everett inherits her story – a human interest piece on a man due to be executed at midnight that night. Everett tries to balance his collapsing personal life with his feeling that the condemned man, Beachum, is innocent. He begins to search for the vital evidence that will prove his feeling correct.

This sounds like you know where it's going – a worn out journalist (alcoholic), an innocent man on death row, an investigation etc etc….but for the majority this manages to avoid all the usual pitfalls. It does this by being very well written, instead of caricatures we have characters. Everett is a mess, and Eastwood lets us see this – we're used to seeing rogue cops and journalists sleeping around, drinking etc, but here we see the consequences of this. Likewise we are made to feel for the Beachum family and get a feel for the human stories that exist in the support characters. However, with 30 minutes to go, we have the usual twist and countdown thriller conclusion that spoils it a lot, but not completely.

Eastwood is excellent as a director, but he's even better here as a actor. At times he plays it too light, but for the majority we can see him weighted down by the pressure of his quest but also the self inflicted collapse of his personal life. This is not an ego-driven project. Washington however steals the show with a great performance, you can't help be moved by his dignity – Denzel is not the only Washington who is under-rewarded. Lisa Gay Hamilton is also superb and works really well with Washington – together they take some scenes that could have been soapy or melodramatic and make them powerful and emotional. Woods is good and has good banter with Eastwood, but a times feels out of place with the mood of the film – but he does provide some humour. Leary is great in a non-comedy role, he is the representation of Everett's selfishness. Diane Venora is OK in a small role as Everett's wife (the casting director had clearly seen her similar role in Heat). And we have small roles for McKean and a strange role from Lucy Liu – very small considering she had already done a few big movies.

We get some `jobs for the boys' but they don't affect the quality – Eastwood has his wife (at time of writing!) Dina Eastwood and his daughter Francesca in side roles.

Overall, it may fall into the usual crime thriller cliché of a big twist, but up till then it is an assured character driven piece that is very enjoyable to watch.

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