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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
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Noble
Norman Lovett ...
Clive
Timothy Bateson ...
Thomas
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Arsey Barmaid
Matthew Blackmore ...
Guy
Ingrid Bradley ...
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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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Another Criminal waste of film
3 October 2000 | by (Bath, England) – See all my reviews

Oh dear, British films, what happened? I saw this little slab of nastiness just under a year ago (Oct 99) and it still isn't out today (Oct 00) - and really it is no surprise. Debuting at the London Film Festival to lukewarm response, The Criminal appears to be a hark back to the dark days of late fifties Brit crim flicks where everyone got in too deep for their own good and co-incidentally came across a superfluous American character to help the thing get distributed in the US. Only this boy's been watching too many Brit gangster films. Although a cinematographically a worthy first pop by the debut director, the story is a seen-it-all-before-with-bells-on stab at a conspiracy theory movie with one minor exception...whereas you'll normally side with the beleagured protagonist in this genre, ten minutes in and you really stop caring what happens to the unsympathetic little git. For most people, the chance to see Eddie Izzard in a straight role will be the main bait, but even he's dead ropy in it, and all in all this spiteful little drain on a couple of hours of your life really isn't worth missing the soaps for. Be warned - if the police are stationed in a building that plush and majestic there really must be something dodgy going on.


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