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Double Jeopardy (1999)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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24 September 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Pay phones in prison do not take coins. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References Bitter Vengeance (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

That's Enough Of That Stuff
Written & Performed by Marcia Ball
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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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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