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Criminal Law ()


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

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Ben Chase
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Martin Thiel
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Det. Stillwell
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Ellen Faulkner
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Det. Mesel
Sean McCann ...
Jacob Fischer
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Gary Hull
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Prof. Clemens
Karen Woolridge ...
Claudia Curwen (as Karen Wooldridge)
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Isabel Fuertes
Rob Roy ...
Ethan Parks
Terrence Labrosse ...
Judge (as Terrence La Brosse)
Barbara Jones ...
Sandra Massina (as Barbara Ann Jones)
Jeannie Walker ...
Mrs. Monroe
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Jackson
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Hal Keeter (as Jon Cuthbert)
Claire Rodger ...
Thiel Nurse
Rebecca Hall ...
Grade teacher
Tracy Ray ...
Janet
Bill Haughland ...
Newscaster
Howard Schwartz ...
Newscaster
Mitzumi Takahashi ...
Newscaster
Carolyn Davine ...
Law secretary
Ilana Linden ...
Frowning woman
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Cop Tony
Anna MacCormack ...
Clinic receptionist
Irene Kessler ...
Librarian Peggy
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Reporter
David Gow ...
Reporter
Susan Glover ...
Reporter
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Reporter
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Reporter
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Reporter
Sam LeMarquand ...
Reporter (as Sam Le Marquand)
Lois Dellar ...
Reporter
Linda Rona ...
Reporter
Mike Bucci ...
Reporter
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Dr. Sybil Thiel

Directed by

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Martin Campbell

Written by

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Mark Kasdan ... (writer)

Produced by

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John Daly ... executive producer
Derek Gibson ... executive producer
Ken Gord ... co-producer
Hilary Heath ... producer
Robert K. MacLean ... producer (as Robert MacLean)

Music by

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Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematography by

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Phil Meheux ... director of photography (as Philip Meheux)

Film Editing by

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Chris Wimble

Editorial Department

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Tony Tromp ... second assistant editor (as Tony Tromp Jr.)
Liz Webber ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton
Lynda Gordon

Production Design by

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Curtis A. Schnell ... (as Curtis Schnell)

Art Direction by

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Michael Devine

Makeup Department

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Jocelyne Bellemare ... makeup artist
Lucille Demers ... assistant makeup artist
Debra Fleming ... assistant hair stylist
Derek Howard ... assistant special effects makeup
Nicole Lapierre ... assistant makeup artist
Serge Morache ... hair stylist
David Robin ... assistant hair stylist
Ronald J. Rolfe ... hair designer
Gordon J. Smith ... special effects makeup artist

Production Management

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Hélène Boulay ... unit manager (as Helene Boulay)
Dennis Chapman ... production manager
Gilbert Lucu ... assistant unit manager
Randy D. Thornton ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Carole Dubuc ... second assistant director
Tommy Groszman ... first assistant director
David Hood ... first assistant director
Ron Mezey ... third assistant director (as Ronald Mezey)

Art Department

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André Boisvert ... painter (as Andre Boisvert)
Ryal Cosgrove ... set props
Charles Dugas ... assistant set dresser
Ronald Fauteux ... set dresser
Simon Fauteux ... assistant set dresser
Alain Giguère ... scenic artist (as Alain Giguere)
Christopher Gilmore ... assistant set props
Dominique Le Grand ... assistant set dresser (as Dominique LeGrand)
Mario Racicot ... assistant set dresser
Mario Santini ... painter
Tim Thompson ... art department trainee
François Vaillancourt ... painter (as Francois Vaillancourt)

Sound Department

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Peter Bond ... dialogue editor
Michael A. Carter ... dubbing mixer
Peter Dansie ... foley editor
Collette Desilets ... trainee sound
Ian Fuller ... sound editor
Graham V. Hartstone ... chief dubbing mixer
Nicolas Le Messurier ... dubbing mixer
Peter Shewchuk ... sound recordist
Jim Thompson ... boom operator (as James Thompson)
Penny Woolley ... assistant sound editor
Barney Cabral ... supervising sound editor (uncredited)

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Bob Carrol ... special effects (as Bob Carroll)
Yvon Charbonneau ... special effects
Jacques Godbout ... special effects co-ordinator
Francis Youri ... special effects

Stunts

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Marco Bianco ... stunt coordinator
Ted Hanlan ... stunt performer
Dennis Lundin ... stunt performer (as Dennis Christensen)
Tony Morelli ... fight coordinator
André Racette ... stunt performer (as Andre Racette)
Alison Reid ... stunt performer
T.J. Scott ... stunt performer
Dawn Stofer-Rupp ... stunt performer (as Dawn Stofer Rupp)
Shelley Cook ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jean-Paul Auclair ... generator operator (as Depin Paul Au Clair)
Sylvain Bergevin ... electrician
Michel Canuel ... generator operator (as Michel Camuel)
Pierre Charpentier ... dolly grip
David Crone ... steadicam operator
Gilles Fortier ... best boy
Jacques Fortier ... gaffer
Serge Ladouceur ... camera operator: second unit
Emmanuel Lepine ... key grip
Larry Lynn ... camera operator: second unit
Glen MacPherson ... camera operator: second unit / first assistant camera
James M. Muro ... steadicam operator (as James Muro)
Denis Ménard ... electrician (as Denis Menard)
Andrew Nevard ... second assistant camera
Mario Roussy ... third grip
Jean-François Sauvageau ... assistant grip (as Jean Francois Sauvageau)
Takashi Seida ... stills photographer
Nathalie St-Pierre ... camera trainee (as Natalie St.Pierre)
Paul Tremblay ... grip
Jonathan Wenk ... stills photographer

Casting Department

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Vera Miller ... casting: Canada

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sophie Beasse ... wardrobe mistress
Ellen Garvie ... assistant wardrobe
Daniele Leger ... assistant wardrobe

Location Management

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Jeffrey Barmash ... location manager
Françoise Boulay ... location assistant: Quebec (as Francoise Boulay)
François Sylvestre ... location manager (as Francois Sylvestre)

Music Department

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Bruce Botnick ... score mixer
Kenneth Hall ... music editor
Jerry Goldsmith ... musician (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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François Allard ... driver (as Francois Allard)
Neil Bibby ... transportation co-ordinator (as Neil Allan Bibby)
Fernand Boudrias ... picture vehicle co-ordinator
Sylvain Bélanger ... driver (as Sylvain Belanger)
Heather Devine ... driver
Gilles Emond ... driver
Peter Helm ... driver
Pierre Lambert ... driver
Tim Parkinson ... driver
Don Poole ... driver
Ken Rich ... driver

Other crew

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Frans J. Afman ... motion picture banking
France Cadieux ... craft service
Andrew Campbell ... gun handler
Carla Clarke ... production assistant
Lucie Drolet ... assistant accountant
Marc Furtado ... production assistant
Edward Greenspan ... legal advisor
Joanne T. Harwood ... script supervisor (as Joanne Harwood)
Andrea Jaffe ... publicity consultant
Robert Jellen ... insurance
Josée Lachance ... production secretary (as Josee Lachance)
Denise Lafontaine ... craft service
Tim Monich ... dialogue coach: Mr. Oldman
Michael Perkal ... auditor
David Seide ... legal advisor
Richard Shadley ... legal advisor
Ame D. Vaughan ... production attorney
Kathy Wolf ... production co-ordinator
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster." - Nietzsche. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La loi criminelle (France)
  • Der Frauenmörder (Germany)
  • Ley criminal (Spain)
  • Mroczny cien sprawiedliwosci (Poland)
  • Inocente o culpable (Uruguay)
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  • 117 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia First use of an American accent in a movie by English actor Gary Oldman. See more »
Goofs Fuel pumps display amounts in liters even though the location is supposed to be in Massachusetts. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Miss Firecracker/K-9/Criminal Law/Scandal/84 Charlie Mopic (1989). See more »
Quotes Martin Thiel: I love the rain... it washes everything away... makes it clean.
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