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Criminal Law (1988)

A lawyer defends a killer, but soon after he wins, he finds out that the killer is guilty.

Director:

Martin Campbell

Writer:

Mark Kasdan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Oldman ... Ben Chase
Kevin Bacon ... Martin Thiel
Tess Harper ... Det. Stillwell
Karen Young ... Ellen Faulkner
Joe Don Baker ... Det. Mesel
Sean McCann ... Jacob Fischer
Ron Lea ... Gary Hull
Michael Sinelnikoff ... Prof. Clemens
Karen Woolridge Karen Woolridge ... Claudia Curwen (as Karen Wooldridge)
Ali Giron ... Isabel Fuertes
Rob Roy Rob Roy ... Ethan Parks
Terrence Labrosse Terrence Labrosse ... Judge (as Terrence La Brosse)
Barbara Jones Barbara Jones ... Sandra Massina (as Barbara Ann Jones)
Jeannie Walker Jeannie Walker ... Mrs. Monroe
Tyrone Benskin ... Jackson
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Storyline

A rising young attorney successfully defends a man accused of murder, only to have the same type of murder then happen again. Right away the previously defended man hires the attorney again, and although the attorney is quite certain that he is the killer, he agrees to again defend him... much to the consternation of his friends. However, he explains that by being his attorney he will be better able to catch the man in a mistake... and on this the rest of the film develops, with the killer playing a cat and mouse game with the attorney until, at last, they both must recognize that they are not all that different. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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A killer is back on the streets. The only one who can stop him is the lawyer who set him free. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

First of two movie collaborations of Martin Campbell and actor Joe Don Baker, who would later both work on the James Bond film GoldenEye (1995). The pair had previously collaborated on the English television series Edge of Darkness (1985). See more »

Goofs

When the defense attorney places the glass of water on the jury box rail for the second time, it is gone in the next view of where it had been placed. See more »

Quotes

Martin Thiel: I love the rain... it washes everything away... makes it clean.
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Connections

Referenced in Resident Alien (1990) See more »

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Give Credit Where Credit is Due...
2 December 1999 | by studiojudioSee all my reviews

As the last review (by a Mr. J. Sommersby) states, there are some dramatic flaws with Martin Campbell's direction of this film, and, hence, the story line. But if it's got ANYTHING, it's got the magnificence of an early Gary Oldman performance, which is worth just about anything to see. Gary Oldman may play a character who is not very well developed, but he plays him with his usual genius. No matter what movie Gary Oldman is in, he improves it completely.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Criminal Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,636,091, 30 April 1989

Gross USA:

$9,974,446

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,974,446
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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