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 <jreeves@imdb.com>

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

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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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$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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In early versions of the script, Ashley Judd's character was to be a Harvard law professor. See more »


When shooting pool, Tom (Ron) has a shot to make the 13 ball off of the 5 ball in the corner pocket. In the first view, the 15 ball is between the cue ball and the 13 ball. When he shoots, the 15 ball has disappeared. See more »


Claire Kubik: Lieutenant, I am an attorney. May I please see the charging document?
Lt. Embry: We call it a charge sheet.
Claire Kubik: Fabulous. May I see it?
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High Crimes: 7/10
10 October 2002 | by (Anywhere, USA) – See all my reviews

In High Crimes, director Carl Franklin shows us an ideal life gone wrong. Claire Kubik is one of them. She's happily married to husband Tom (Jim Caviezel). In fact, he's such a great husband that we don't find out his occupation. Claire, who is played actually well by Ashley Judd, couldn't love Tom more. Until he gets arrested for something that he supposedly didn't do. Did he or did he not? An hour and a half is spent contenplating the fact.

The acting is surprisedly well, especially by Caviezel. I didn't understand why he had that "outburst" at the end, but that's a minor detail. Judd is equally good as Claire, except she seemed to be too slow at some parts. So did the pacing. It seemed to drag on a little, and the genre seemed to be more like a courtroom drama instead of a crime thriller.

Morgan Freeman is OK as the lawyer Claire hires. His acting seemed a little forced at times, though. The plot, though nothing new, was one of those that were predictable, but I was enjoying it too much to care. It's very entertaining if you just sit back and watch it instead of scrutinizing every little detail of it.

But, at the end, after the final court scene, it seems to continue on for a little long after spending an hour and a half leading up to that part. The running time was a little long. And the ever-lovable Amanda Peet plays a role where she could have gotten more time and shown off her acting ability. If you sit back for two hours and leave your mind on hold, it's a very entertaining yarn.

My rating: 7/10

Rated PG-13 violence and some language.

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