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Double Jeopardy (1999)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  24 September 1999 (USA)
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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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Travis
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Benjamin Weir ...
Matty - Age 4
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Bobby
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Nick
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Rudy (as John MacLaren)
Ed Evanko ...
Warren (as Edward Evanko)
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Angie
Bruce Campbell ...
Bartender At Party
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Yuppie Man
Angela Schneider ...
Yuppie Girl
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Cutter
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Rebecca Tingely
Tom McBeath ...
Coast Guard Officer
David Jacox ...
Deputy Ben
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Storyline

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.


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

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Doble riesgo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Tommy Lee Jones played a similar role in The Fugitive, in which he also tries to capture someone who was wrongfully convicted of murdering their spouse. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in the Lafayette cemetery, we see that Libby has been put in a mausoleum and then put in a coffin with a body. This is a factual error since burials at the Lafayette cemetery do not involve actually burying people by themselves in a coffin that stays that way forever. The burial process involves putting someone in a very simple wooden box and letting them decompose with other members of family who have been buried before hand. Also the process to open a mausoleum is considerably harder than just opening a door. Bricks and mortar and usually a name plate/stone must be removed to get into a mausoleum. Also under the same line there is not a single mausoleum within the cemetery that would have a window in it. Burials also usually involve the traditional catholic mourning period of 366 days before the mausoleum is opened again, so even if someone had just been recently buried the body that Libby is put next to would not be as un-decomposed as shown in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Skolowski: So you just repeat after me, "If I could trade places with my husband, I would."
[after making a sighing noise and very unenthusiastically]
Elizabeth 'Libby' Parsons: If I could trade places with my husband, I would.
Evelyn Lake: That's good. Now, throw in a lot of that born again Jesus stuff... they like that
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.90 (2012) See more »

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Clarinet Marmalade
By Larry Shields & Henry Ragas
Performed by The Alliance Hall Dixieland Band
Under license from Platinum Entertainment, Inc.
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great Drama thriller
23 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie by Australian director is now a weekly DVD but definitely worth seeing. Ashley Judd plays Elizabeth "Libby" Parsons who loses her husband, Nick, during a Yachting trip with him. During the police investigation it is discovered that Nick was in a financial crisis at the time of his death but left a two million dollar life insurance policy collect. Suddenly a whole set of evidence is produced to reinforce the allegation that she had a motive to murder her husband and she is convicted of murder. There is a plot problem that in reality she would have to wait seven years if he went missing from a boat before the claim was paid and it would be unlikely she would be convicted of murder without corroborating witness testimony from an independent party. Nonetheless somehow she is convicted of her husbands murder and it provides the intrigue.

In prison Libby studies law in order to prove her innocence and when she phones her friend Matty who has custody of her 4 year son she accidentally stumbles on the fact that her husband may still be alive. The insurance claim has been paid to her son and her friend can use the money in his care apparently. Libby also learns that once convicted of murder of someone that you cannot be sent to trial again over the same murder and its called "Double Jeopardy" in legal terms. Libby is determined to hunt down her Husband for what he has done when she is released.

Libby is released into supervised sentence under parole officer Travis Lehman ( Tommy Lee Jones) but escapes custody and sets out to track down her husband to prove her innocence.

There is lots of action and Ashley Judd is such a great actress that you become emotional attached to her battle through the film.

Tommy Lee Jones also performs well in his role as he breaks ranks to assist Ashley in quest to be reunited with her son in freedom.


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