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High Crimes (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  5 April 2002 (USA)
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High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who she thought was Tom Kubik, is arrested and is revealed to be Ron Chapman. Chapman is on trial for a... See full summary »



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High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who she thought was Tom Kubik, is arrested and is revealed to be Ron Chapman. Chapman is on trial for a murder of Latin American villagers while he was in the Marines. Claire soon learns that to navigate the military justice system, she'll need help from the somewhat unconventional Charlie Grimes; meanwhile, Claire's sister, Jackie, is falling in love with wet-behind-the-ears Lieutenant Embry assigned as the official defense lawyer. And most of the eyewitnesses have rather too conveniently died. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Everything you trust. Everything you know. May be a lie...

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crimen en primer grado  »

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Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,005,550 (USA) (5 April 2002)


$490,529 (Italy) (9 May 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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One element of the novel is inexplicably changed: the characters "Chapman" and "Kubik" have their names exchanged. See more »


When the man from the bar makes Claire get out of the car, the tail-lights are left on. While they are talking a security guard drives up and the man runs to get back into the car, but the tail-lights are off. See more »


Salvadoran Man: Lawyers are a waste of oxygen.
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Features Sanford and Son (1972) See more »


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Far better than what I was expecting.
1 January 2003 | by (Chicagooooooo) – See all my reviews

KISS THE GIRLS stars Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman reunite in HIGH CRIMES, a movie that turned out to be a lot better than I was expecting. The previews made this movie look like a high powered suspense thriller, but I was weary about the plot and I was suspecting a thousand different plot holes. But, I was wrong. This movie is executed wonderfully. Yes, there are the usual thriller cliches, but once you get past all that, this movie is really entertaining. The acting is not all that bad either. Judd is great and Freeman is perfect as always (the only thing about him is that I am still a little hazy as to the gold earring that he totes on his right ear). The supporting cast includes Jim Caviezel, Adam Scott, the very hott Amanda Peet, Bruce Davison and Tom Bower. All of whom do an exceptional job.

This may look like just another one of those 'trial' movies, but this isn't. It is actually quite good if you just look past the typical plot and watch it. Other recommendations include A FEW GOOD MEN and RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. They are both a little different, but still go along the same lines.

This film is for people who appreciate good, old-fashioned suspense thrillers. These kind of movies are the kind people need to show us that looks can be deceiving and that people are not always what they appear to be.


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