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The Criminal (1999)

 -  Action | Drama  -  January 2001 (UK)
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A musician is plunged into a world of femmes fatales, espionage, deceit, state-ordered executions and trial by media.

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Jasper Rawlins
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Det. Insp. Walker
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Peter Hume
Natasha Little ...
Sarah Maitland
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Mason
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Det. Sgt. Rebecca White
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Harris
Jana Carpenter ...
Grace
Justin Shevlin ...
The Barker
Barry Stearn ...
Noble
Norman Lovett ...
Clive
Timothy Bateson ...
Thomas
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Arsey Barmaid
Matthew Blackmore ...
Guy
Ingrid Bradley ...
Scantily dressed woman
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Jasper Rawlins, a none-too-successful musician, finds himself chatting with a beautiful woman at his neighborhood bar. She goes home with him, direct and frank in answer to his nervousness. During the night, someone breaks into his flat and cuts her throat. He runs into the arms of the police, who dismiss his story, but release him while they search for the weapon. He investigates the crime, and over the next few days, meets a knowing pornographer, hit men, and other schemers. As dead bodies pile up wherever he goes, the police are soon looking for him with guns drawn. As he discovers secrets about a shadowy corporation, the police close in. Can he find someone to trust? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Innocence Is No Protection

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Rated R for pervasive language, violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Peter Hume: The refugees, genocide... they're just a sideshow, distracting everyone from the real agenda: power and influence.
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This is the type of film Britain should be making...
27 August 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Okay, it may not have the budget of Enemy of the State, but Julian Simpson's first film was undeniably enjoyable nonetheless. The Criminal, withstanding a few minor glitches, is one of the most likeable British films I've seen in ages. I must admit that I am slightly biased as I love conspiracy films but this had all the right ingredients: the innocent everyman hero on the run, spies, femme fatales, plot twists etc. It occasionally felt as if some scenes could've been cut to quicken the pace, but as it is it's still very entertaining.

Bernard Hill, the Captain from Titanic, was brilliant as the foul-mouthed bad-tempered policeman, and Steven Mackintosh was believable as the everyman hero, without resulting to cliche's. The rest of the cast was made up with faces from TV, but this didn't matter as they were all great.


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