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An attorney, intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute.

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Storyline

Wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous Ted Crawford, a structural engineer in Los Angeles, shoots his wife and entraps her lover. He signs a confession; at the arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot who's soon to join a fancy civil-law firm, told by everyone it's an open and shut case. Crawford sees Beachum's weakness, the hairline fracture of his character: Willy's a winner. The engineer sets in motion a clockwork crime with all the objects moving in ways he predicts. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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J'ai tué ma femme. Prouvez-le. (I killed my wife. Prove it.) [France] See more »


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Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »

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20 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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£851,289 (UK) (20 April 2007)

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$39,004,700 (USA) (20 July 2007)
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Trivia

When Willy Beachum is in his office, the boxes behind his desk are labeled "People .vs. Morgenthau" - Kramer Morgenthau was the cinematographer for the film and another box reads, "People .vs. Beaupre" - Steven F. Beaupre was the second assistant director See more »

Goofs

When facing the window and asking the difference between Italian and English, Willy is holding his cell phone in his right hand. In the next cut, the phone instantly moves to his left hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Crawford's Secretary: The NTSB guys are here about that bulkhead problem.
Ted Crawford: OK, thanks.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits, rather than merely superimposed on the background, cast shadows and have reflections as if they exist in the scene. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Nite Becomes Day
Written by Citizen Cope (as Clarence Greenwood)
Performed by Citizen Cope
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Not a very smart movie with unpleasant characters
25 March 2008 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

When you begin watching this movie you think you're in for something good. You think you're going to see a smart thriller with some unpredictable plot twist. The plot twist never comes.

At some point I was hoping there would be some moral twist. For example a radical change in either Anthony Hopkins character or the young obnoxious lawyer character. No, nothing happens. The film doesn't even take a moral stance. Its just like a Columbo episode.

As to the film's morals. It is really strange. The characters who cheat on their spouses are portrayed as normal people, while a husband who kills his wife for cheating is portrayed as a coldblooded killer.

Anthony Hopkins was as usual enjoyable to watch, but the other actors just annoyed me throughout the film


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