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12 September 2003 (Ireland) See more »
Eliminate Crime! See more »
Marty Rockman, the notorious producer of the hit reality-TV show "So Sue Me", has a brand new concept: "Citizen Verdict"... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Armand Assante ... Sam Patterson

Jerry Springer ... Marty Rockman

Roy Scheider ... Governor Bull Tyler
Justine Mitchell ... Jessica Landers

Raffaello Degruttola ... Ricky Carr
Dorette Potgieter ... Carlene Osway
Clive Scott ... Judge Thomas Halvern
Lynn Blades ... Tawny Scott

Andre Jacobs ... Jack Hamilton

Langley Kirkwood ... Vince Turner
Danny Keogh ... Lt. Joe Cook

Nicole Sherwin ... Didi Rey
Louw Venter ... Jay
Terry Norton ... Dolly Hamilton

Brendan Pollecutt ... Bob White
Bo Petersen ... Anna Patterson (as Bo Peterson)
Natasha Napoli ... Sarah Patterson
Adrien Fernandez ... Jack Hamilton's son
Sarah Martinez ... Jack Hamilton's daughter

Douglas W. Miller ... Teddy Hoyt

Adrian Galley ... William Doby
Anthony Fridjhon ... Troy Carter (as Anthony Fridjohn)

Patrick Lyster ... Governor Charlie Behr

Grant Swanby ... Chucho's manager
Brett Goldin ... Michael Kraus
Peter Butler ... Bailiff
Peter Spiropoulous ... Warden (as Peter Spyropoulos)
Peter Krummeck ... Prison official

Gideon Emery ... Larry Grimes
Jenny Stead ... Production assistant

Hakeem Kae-Kazim ... Boniface Thiberge
David Crichton ... Father Humphrey Gleen
Victoria Bartlett ... Carol Burke
Philippe Vidal ... French journalist
Michael Dube ... Tyler's advisor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Deborah Smith Ford ... Citizen (uncredited)
Gary Green ... Photographer (uncredited)

Tessa Jubber ... Student (uncredited)

Sheri Schifter ... TV interviewee (uncredited)

Paul Wilson ... Chet Salway (uncredited)

Directed by
Philippe Martinez 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tony Clarke  writer
Kristina Hamilton-Grobler  (as Kristina Hamilton)
Philippe Martinez  writer
Frank Rehwaldt  writer

Produced by
Donald A. Barton .... executive producer
Karinne Behr .... executive producer (as Karinne Martinez)
Helmut Breuer .... producer
Ian Burlingham .... executive producer
Luc Campeau .... co-producer
Luc Campeau .... line producer
Karen Alison Hamilton .... executive producer
Andreas Kamm .... co-producer (as Andrea Kamm)
Alan Latham .... co-producer
Kim Leggatt .... executive producer
Emerson Machtus .... associate producer
Philippe Martinez .... producer
Stéphanie Martinez .... co-producer
Douglas W. Miller .... executive producer
Juan Montilla Eslava .... executive producer
Monika Musialik .... associate producer
Terence S. Potter .... commissioning producer: Aquarius Films (as Terence Potter)
Terence S. Potter .... executive producer
Felix von Keudell .... associate producer
Original Music by
Guy Farley 
Cinematography by
Michael Alan Brierley  (as Michael Brierley)
Film Editing by
Kristina Hamilton-Grobler  (as Kristina Hamilton)
Production Design by
Zack Grobler 
Art Direction by
Fred Du Preez  (as Fred du Preez)
Costume Design by
Reza Levy 
Makeup Department
Beverley House .... chief makeup artist and hair stylist
Marisa Lourens .... makeup artist
Simone Stubbs .... assistant hair stylist
Simone Stubbs .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Bruce Dennis .... production manager: Canada
Kristina Hamilton-Grobler .... post-production supervisor (as Kristina Hamilton)
Jens Müller .... post-production supervisor: Germany
John Stodel .... production manager: South Africa
Oscar Verhoeve .... post-production supervisor: Germany
Paul Wilson .... unit production manager: Florida unit (as Paul Burton Wilson)
Kay Schrödelsecker .... post-production supervisor: Germany (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Grant Nale .... second assistant director
Gabriel Williams .... first assistant director (as Ronnie Williams)
Steven R. Monroe .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mark Auret .... property master
William Boyes .... stand-by props
Cuan Eveleigh .... assistant stand-by propman
Tyrone Keogh .... assistant set dresser
Tracy Moseley .... art department coordinator (as Tracty Dee Moseley)
Tracy Perkins .... set dresser
Boris Rivett-Carnac .... assistant property master
Boris Rivett-Carnac .... property buyer
Camina Turgel .... set dresser
Liz van den Berg .... scenic painter
Hamish Whitecross .... assistant art director
Raymond Wilson .... set construction
Kevin Fraser .... set painter (uncredited)
Etienne Harris .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Greg Albert .... sound synching
Martijn Beekers .... dialogue editor
Gerald Cronauer .... assistant sound mixer
Gerald Cronauer .... dialogue editor
Gerald Cronauer .... sound supervising assistant
Hans Dreijer .... adr director
Hans Dreijer .... sound re-recording mixer
Hans Dreijer .... sound supervisor
Alan Gerhardt .... sound mixer
Josh Harris .... sound recordist: Florida
Dieter Hebben .... foley artist
Marina Lerchs .... assistant sound mixer
Achim Rhinow .... sound designer
Achim Rhinow .... sound editor
Marcel Schleibaum .... foley editor
Marcel Schleibaum .... foley recordist
Alexander Vitt .... sound designer
Alexander Vitt .... sound editor
Rob Whitehurst .... sound recordist: Florida
Aidan Harper .... sound recordist (segment) (uncredited)
Nick Watson .... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Juergen Jensch .... visual effects production manager: triple-e
Barbara Oeben .... digital effects management (uncredited)
Matthias Schulze-Kirketerp .... digital colorist (uncredited)
Antony Stone .... stunt coordinator
Leander Lacey .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven Caddie .... grip assistant
Justin Fouche .... camera operator
Graham McFarlane .... focus puller
Hugo Lang .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Sarel Pretorius .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kendra Black .... casting coordinator: Canada
Janet Meintjies .... casting: Cape Town
Liora Reich .... casting: UK
Christa Schamberger .... casting: Johannesburg
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Barras .... wardrobe assistant (as Susan Pollard)
Hetta Burger .... assistant wardrobe standby
Jayne Forbes .... assistant costume designer
Joanne Walter .... assistant wardrobe standby
Editorial Department
Uta Frey .... first assistant editor
Burdette Anderson .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Music Department
John Boughtwood .... music supervisor
Christopher Slaski .... conductor (uncredited)
Christopher Slaski .... music arranger (uncredited)
Christopher Slaski .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Peter Ndifon .... transport assistant
Ben Van Vuuren .... transport manager
Ilze Kitshoff .... production driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Shawn Boyachek .... location scout: Florida
Justin Donoghue .... script editor
Terry Fletcher .... script supervisor
Pierre Guevremont .... location accountant
Joline Laarman .... assistant to director
Louise Mycielski .... production coordinator
Judy Phillips .... dialogue coach
Hugh Spurling .... assistant: Mr. Latham
Lester Sweetman .... unit/location manager
Philippe Vidal .... script editor
Jeanne Watson .... extras coordinator
Marco Assante .... assistant: Armand Assante (uncredited)

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Rated R for language, sexual content and violence
UK:97 min
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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
What if ... ??, 4 January 2006
Author: Anthony Youell from Brisbane, Australia

The film ostensibly has an outrageous plot. For the last few years, TV audiences have been swamped with "reality shows". As Armand Assante's character Sam Patterson says: "You're not voting someone off an island: you're not evicting someone from a dormitory: you're banishing someone from the planet!". It is illusion versus reality. It is the ultimate "what if" proposition. What if the citizenry were to be able cast a vote on guilt or innocence in the manner that a jury does? I have problems with the basic hypothesis and hence with the film itself. You may as well have "Citizen Surgery", "Citizen Psychiatry" or "Citizen Dentistry" (I hope they're not going to be sequels - they'd have to be comedies if they're ever made) where anyone could put in their $19.95's worth. First and foremost, you would be allowing people who might not be fit for all sorts of reasons to cast a vote, the only criterion being of whether the person in question can muster up $19.95 on their credit card to enable them to vote! People may be racially motivated; be prejudiced against a certain profession e.g. teachers. They may be mentally unfit and so on. That's why juries are screened as you can see in "The Devil's Advocate" (Al Pacino, Keannu Reeves). True that's open to manipulation but it's better than open slather. The story fails on its basic premise. It's interesting to revolve it as a speculation but no more than that. I sense the film-makers expected us to take it a little more seriously. One of the previous reviewers, nitatestock35 made a comment to the effect that he suspected that some of the people were not actors. The clue to an answer to this is in the final credits where it is revealed that Armand Assante himself was the interviewer. Most likely real interviews were conducted by Assante (probaly as an afterthought) which were then melded into the storyline to give the film a sense of verisimilitude which it desperately needed. There was indeed a judge in the interviews but also a defence lawyer as well as a District Attorney and a smattering of 'ordinary folk' with their various prejudices.

American jurisprudence is not my long suit but I cannot imagine any jurisdiction in the world allowing a court of first instance to be the final arbiter of a capital case. Any decision rendered by a single judge of lower would be taken to an appellate court. No lawyer/attorney/solicitor/barrister worth his salt would be content with an adverse verdict and would appeal the decision perhaps all the way to the Supreme Court of America or in Australia's case, the High Court. Is this one of the "loose story threads" mentioned by others. Of course the 'deus ex machina' employed by the scriptwriters in introducing damning videotape (which it is also suggested would have been inadmissible under those circumstances in a real court case) obviates the more subtle nuances of court procedure. The tape brings the trial to a grinding halt and we don't have to think about the byways of the appeal process.

Raffaelo Degruttola gave a sterling performance as a violent schizophrenic time-bomb whose cloak of calmness is easily torn away. But if he hears voices, as he says he does after admitting to the murder, should not psychiatric evaluation been available to him. Are schizophrenics executed regardless in America? The execution scene is harrowing. One of the most interesting characters was Carlene Osway played by Dorette Potgieter, a beautiful blonde girl in the Finnish style, whose outer beauty is counterbalanced by an inner moral bankruptcy and void. Bad people are almost always the most interesting. Indeed ironically she uses her beauty to further her ignoble pursuits first turning up unannounced to Sam's yacht (please don't tell me it's a ketch or yawl, I'm not strong on boats either) dressed like "stripper" to help him but who eventually ends up in Marty Rockman's spa-pool and bed. This is a girl who wants to get to the top in the shortest time possible. She definitely 'stoops to conquer'. I don't watch the Jerry Springer Show for reasons you can guess at. I thought, despite other comments to the contrary that his performance (and he's no stranger to the camera lens) was creditable ending in his penultimate scene where his diatribe on his perceptions of reality are summarised as he declares TV to be the present God. The scene is skilfully edited into a melange of overlapping and interlocking images reinforced by the crescendo of clashing music chords giving the viewer a surreal insight into the distempered mind of a megalomaniac corrupted by power and money.

The film was entertaining enough but I cringe at the preachy proclivities of some American directors. After delivering a speech to law graduates on the incorruptibility of law (ha-ha!), Sam sails off in his 'boat' emblematic no doubt of the American ship of state on the vast blue ocean of hope and promise. But just in case we didn't get the point, or perhaps it was slipped in gratuitously for us foreigners, we are treated to the strains (and I do mean strain, the tenor barely made the high notes) of "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming of the Lord" and I was seriously wondering whether I was expected to stand up in my lounge-room and put my hand over my heart. Well! that's it! Having sung that, we're all better now! Nothing could ever go wrong again, they would have us believe. But it doesn't work. For all its imperfections, it is still a mild diversion which really doesn't offer any answers and if you can as Coleridge exhorts to bring yourself to accept a "willing suspension of disbelief for the moment which constitutes poetic faith", then the film viewed as an diversion rather than a didactic vehicle, stands the test as entertainment.

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