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(1999)

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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.
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Daughter Francesca Eastwood, her mother Frances Fisher, her father Clint Eastwood, and his wife Dina Eastwood, all appeared in the movie.
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Playing Kate Everett, daughter of Steve Everett (Clint Eastwood), was Francesca Eastwood, the real life daughter of Eastwood.
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The movie was a failure at the box-office earning back less than half of its production cost and making it Clint Eastwood's second worst performing picture of the 1990s after White Hunter Black Heart (1990).
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Appearing in the movie as D.A. Cecilia Nussbaum is Frances Fisher, the former partner of Clint Eastwood. The pair's relationship ended in 1995 and the two worked together four years later on this film.
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Clint Eastwood's twelfth film as a producer and his twenty-first as a director.
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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.
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The name of the newspaper Steve Everett (Clint Eastwood) wrote for was "The Oakland Tribune". The name of the paper he use to write for was "The New York Times".
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As Steve Everett, Clint Eastwood played a recovering alcoholic. Eastwood previously played a heavy drinker in Honkytonk Man (1982).
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Second of two Clint Eastwood pictures co-starring actress Diane Venora who had played Chan Parker in Eastwood's Bird (1988) around eleven years earlier.
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Debut feature film as an actress for Dina Eastwood, wife of Clint Eastwood. Eastwood and television journalist Dina Ruiz married in 1996. This was the first of two of Eastwood's films that Dina has appeared, the second being in Blood Work (2002).
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When Warner Bros. first optioned the book, they were considering George Clooney for the lead. Script difficulties held-up the production and Clooney went on to other roles.
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Although the original novel is set in St Louis, Clint Eastwood decided to relocate it to his native California as he was more familiar with the territory.
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In the novel, the death-row inmate was white. Clint Eastwood changed his race for the film to "make it more relevant". The book author deliberately choose to make the inmate white because it would be more believable that people would fight for him as witnessed in the Illinois State Freedom Project.
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