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True Believer (1989)

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A cynical former civil liberties attorney now reduced to "specializing" in defending drug dealers becomes transformed by an eight-year-old murder case.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eddie Dodd
... Roger Baron
... Kitty Greer
... Shu Kai Kim
... Robert Reynard
... Cecil Skell
... Art Esparza
... Vincent Dennehy
Sully Diaz ... Maraquilla Esparza
Misan Kim ... Mrs. Kim
... Chuckie Loeder
... Ortega (as Luis Guzman)
... Sklaroff
Tony Haney ... Montell
... Dean Rabin
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Storyline

Eddie Dodd is a burnt out former civil rights lawyer who now specializes in defending drug dealers. Roger Baron, newly graduated from law school, has followed Eddie's great cases and now wants to learn at his feet. With Roger's idealistic prodding, Eddie reluctantly takes on a case of a young Korean man who, according to his mom, has been in jail for eight years for a murder he did not commit. Written by <Vertigus@aol.com>

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When evidence leads to murder, sometimes it takes a dangerous man to free an innocent one. See more »

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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das dreckige Spiel  »

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$8,742,750
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1.85 : 1
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The film was released in Australia as "Fighting Justice." See more »

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During the prison knife fight, Kim stabs the Nazi in the chest. The knife then alternates between still being in the Nazi's chest to being (correctly) taped to Kim's hand. See more »

Quotes

Roger Baron: [after Eddie was beaten up by ex-Aryan Army member] I can't believe we're going to see a bunch of Nazis... at night!
Eddie Dodd: There's no one else to talk to! The tattoos are phony!
Roger Baron: So?
Eddie Dodd: So, no upstanding member of the Aryan Army would paint them on. They take those teardrops very seriously. They're badges of honor, of courage! Only their most vicious, sadistic, cruel killer elite get to wear them!
Roger Baron: I feel *much* better now.
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Spin-off Eddie Dodd (1991) See more »

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Busload of Faith
Written and Performed by Lou Reed
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Very Cool Movie
18 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Very cool movie. Excellent plot. Robert Downy Jr plays an excellent new attorney. James Woods is in top form as the experienced attorney. In fact, he is the movie and steals the show. Excellent court room drama, action, and comedy all rolled up in one movie. True Believer is definately worth owning.


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