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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Moran
Ciro (as Carlos Cervantes)
Dr. Marion Kang


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 <>

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I shot my wife... prove it. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crimen perfecto  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£851,289 (UK) (20 April 2007)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


By the expert's testimony in court we are informed that Ted Crawford's bullet pierced through the frontal cortex in the temporal lobe coming to rest upon the upper side of the brain against the skull. Yet when we see wife Jennifer's head hit the floor for a brief moment in a close-up, there is no injury visible at all. Furthermore in another scene Ted points to his left cheek bone when he describes where he shot his wife. Such an injury is very different from that described during the trial. The shot was fired at close range with a powerful .45, which makes it very unlikely that the bullet would come to rest within the skull. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Allemaal film: Verander de wereld (2007) See more »


Ombra Fedel Anch'io
Composed by Riccardo Broschi
Performed by Vivica Genaux (as Vivica Geneaux)
Pianist Paul Floyd
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User Reviews

Great chemistry
30 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought the intellectual chess game between Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling was pure joy. What a pleasure to watch the two play mind games with each other -- with the audience in on the action. Thought the pace was good, the direction suspenseful. The only aspect of the movie that I would say was less than A+ was the love interest between Ryan Gosling and Rosamund Pike. I thought it a bit confusing that she was both his boss and his love interest. Not sure they needed the full love interest in the plot. All in all, a most entertaining movie. Other than that, the plot line of the legal case was engaging, understandable and realistic. I highly recommend it to those interested in movies that make you think.

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