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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 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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"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster." - Nietzsche. See more »

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Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Frauenmörder See more »

Filming Locations:

Québec, Canada See more »

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Gross USA:

$9,974,446
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Fuel pumps display amounts in liters even though the location is supposed to be in Massachusetts. See more »

Quotes

Martin Thiel: I love the rain... it washes everything away... makes it clean.
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Great actors in not-so-great film!
18 December 2000 | by the amorphousmachineSee all my reviews

I really wanted to like this film because it had two of my favourite actors in it- Gary Oldman and Kevin Bacon. Their performance is great, as with some of Martin Campbell's (Goldeneye) direction, but it is the story-line that ruins this film comprising of some decent scenes but overall the plot is unbelievable and ridiculous.

See this film if you're a huge fan of either Gary Oldman and Kevin Bacon! 'Criminal Law' has got some good moments but it equally has it's tedious ones due to a poor storyline and unbelievable plot! Visually, director Martin Campbell has a unique style and the performances from it's two leads are very good and intense in parts, but unfortunately doesn't save this film! 'Criminal Law' gets a **1/2 out of *****!


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