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High Crimes (2002)

 -  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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$42,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$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 »

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In the hallway after the pre-trial hearing, Charlie Grimes adjusts his tie twice. See more »

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Jackie: I just don't believe it. I refuse.
Charlie Grimes: My assistant now used to say 'truth is less fun than fiction'.
Jackie: Terry would never do that!
Claire Kubik: Oh, you're screwin' him so you know him?
Jackie: Excuse me, Mrs RON CHAPMAN!
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Written by Robert J. Walsh and Michael Parnell (as Michael William Parnell)
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Ultimately unfulfilling
12 January 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Claire Kubrik (Ashley Judd) is an attorney whose relationship with her husband Tom (Jim Caviezel) is turned on its head. Tom is arrested for the murder of innocent civilians during a covert army operation 15 years earlier. Claire has been kept in the dark about her husbands past, but despite her doubts she still believes his innocence and takes it upon herself to act as his defence attorney with the help of a disgraced military lawyer (Morgan Freeman)

The film is both suspenseful and intriguing, with very fine performance from all the cast. Most of the film is quite interesting and even compelling at times, as the mystery builds and then as it begins to unravel. The surprise ending however, lets the movie down; when with more attention to detail it could have been quite impressive and really could have made the movie.

By the end you are left feeling a bit unfulfilled, mainly due to all the smoke and mirrors used to make the ending a shock.

6/10 should have been better, but it's watchable


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