A former defense lawyer, now working as a divorce lawyer is asked to represent her best friends husband who has been accused of her murder.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Grace
Devon Major
Kirsten Sorensen
Mark Fairfield
Marg Anderson
Ingrid Torrance ...
Angela Major (as Ingrid Torrence)
Judge Greenwood
Kate - 911 Operator
Police Officer #1
Police Officer #2
Shawn Reis ...
Booking Guard
Andrew McIlroy ...
Prison Guard #1
Philip - Technician
Julius Chapple ...
Reporter #1 / Reporter #4
Reporter #2


Although he was the one to make the 911 call alerting the authorities to the situation, high profile businessman Devon Major is charged in the stabbing death of his ex-wife, Angela Major, the two who only recently got divorced. His story is that he received a telephone call from her to visit - he hoping that it was to reconcile - when he found her in her new home with a knife in the abdomen. Devon makes the surprise move of asking Angela's friend and divorce attorney Susan Grace, a former criminal lawyer, to defend him. His rationale is that he wants her to believe his story and as such when she tells the world of his innocence, it will truly absolve him in the eyes of the world without public skepticism. Although she still does see many of the reasons that Angela divorced him including that he uses his charm on women to do what he wants, Susan does believe him and does agree to defend him, largely to protect Angela's memory. District Attorney Kirsten Sorensen decides to try the case ... Written by Huggo

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Crime | Thriller





Release Date:

2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amour et préméditation  »

Box Office


CAD 1,100,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Must agree in part with caa821
31 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

IMDb member Caa821 felt the comments were more entertaining than the movie. I think Caa821's comments were more entertaining than the movie.

"Criminal Intent" follows the Lifetime TV template to a 'T': familiar stars (Vanessa Angel and Linda Purl), with the rest of the cast being not only unfamiliar but fairly poor actors; filmed in Canada; derivative; moves slowly; predictable.

Angel plays a defense attorney turned divorce attorney whose good friend is murdered, with the woman's ex-husband being accused. He wants her to go back to her defense roots and represent him, even though she handled their divorce. She agrees and comes up against a tough DA (Purl).

There is a twist in the story, but I don't know who's comparing this to Alfred Hitchcock. The acting is lethargic, and Angel's collagen lips are distracting.

As I mentioned in a previous post, these mindless Lifetime movies are great for a Sunday afternoon or when you're trying to sleep, and they give work to formerly prolific actors like Purl. I have to commend Lifetime for hiring 40+ actresses who find themselves "aged out" of Hollywood.

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