A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Weir ...
Matty - Age 4
Rudy (as John MacLaren)
Ed Evanko ...
Warren (as Edward Evanko)
Bruce Campbell ...
Bartender At Party
Yuppie Man
Angela Schneider ...
Yuppie Girl
Gillian Barber ...
Rebecca Tingely
Coast Guard Officer
David Jacox ...
Deputy Ben


When Nick Parsons appears to be murdered his wife Libby is tried and convicted. Six years later Libby is paroled and with the help of Travis Lehman (her parole officer) she sets out to find her son and the truth behind the "murder". Written by Les MacDonald at <mcmac@mb.sympatico.ca>

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Murder isn't always a crime.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, a scene of sexuality and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 September 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doble riesgo  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,162,542 (USA) (24 September 1999)


$116,735,231 (USA) (17 March 2000)

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Writing team David Weisberg and Douglas Cook are childhood friends. See more »


Double jeopardy only applies to crimes tried by the same state or the federal government. If a murder occurred in a different state, it is tried independently of what may have occurred in another state. In practice, if it is discovered that the crime for which a person was convicted did not occur, the conviction would be vacated. See more »


[first lines]
Libby Parsons: [Libby fishs with her son Matty] I'm pretty hungry. Hope we catch some fish soon.
Matty - Age 4: Me, too.
Libby Parsons: [Libby winds the fishing line back in] Okay, help me wind.
Matty - Age 4: Wind back?
Libby Parsons: Can we turn this one? Slowly. Slowly, slowly, slowly, slowly.
Matty - Age 4: I am doing it slowly.
Libby Parsons: [Libby smiles] Okay, you got it.
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Thanks God for Tommy Lee Jones.
7 May 2001 | by (Luoyang, China) – See all my reviews

Double Jeopardy is an interesting enough thriller, but it just isn't as satisfying as you would expect a movie with this premise to be. Ashley Judd is just annoying for the first hour or so of the film, and it isn't until the fugitive style chase begins that the movie gets really interesting. And this, of course, is where Tommy Lee's excellent acting is the most entertaining and fun. He has unfortunately been somewhat typecast since his spectacular performance in The Fugitive, but at least he has been typecast in a role that is always fun to watch and that he can always pull off excellently.

I think it's pointless to try to argue whether or not the whole double jeopardy law can truly be handled in the way that it was described in the film, but as a crime film Double Jeopardy was pretty good. Judd's husband in the film is one of those characters that's easy to hate, and not only because of what he did in the movie. You just look at this guy and you immediately don't like him. That's good casting, but it also completely voided any effectiveness that his `auction' might ever have had. And how about that coffin scene! Who cares that no one gets buried in a coffin that has plenty of room for two! That was one of the creepiest things I've seen in a movie in years.

Clearly, there is nothing spectacular about Double Jeopardy. It's not going to win any awards and it probably won't be remembered for very long. But it has a certain charm that can unfortunately only be appreciated if you're in the right state of mind when you watch it. Don't expect it to be as good as The Fugitive just because Tommy Lee Jones is in it (really, are any movies as good as The Fugitive?). I mean, let's face it, Double Jeopardy isn't even as good as Under Siege, but as far as a moderately entertaining crime thriller to kill a couple hours, you could definitely do a lot worse.

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