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Criminal Justice (1990)

Denise Moore is robbed and her face is slashed as she is leaving a crack house. At the police station she picks Jessie Williams mug shot and ID's him at a line up. Jessie Williams says he ... See full summary »

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Andy Wolk

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Andy Wolk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Jessie Williams
Anthony LaPaglia ... David Ringel
Rosie Perez ... Denise Moore
Jennifer Grey ... Liz Carter
Tony Todd ... Detective Riley
Saundra McClain ... Loretta Charles
Joe Lisi ... Detective Lane
Stephen Pearlman ... Judge Ratner
William Cameron William Cameron ... Mitchell
Chuck Cooper ... Judge Whitney
Bill Dalzell Bill Dalzell ... Ratner's Clerk (as Bill Dalzell III)
Charles Sanders Charles Sanders ... A.D.A. Crosley
Alex Coleman ... Bridge Man
Larry John Meyers Larry John Meyers ... Court Officer
Don Brockett ... Judge Mulino
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Denise Moore is robbed and her face is slashed as she is leaving a crack house. At the police station she picks Jessie Williams mug shot and ID's him at a line up. Jessie Williams says he didn't do it. From that point on, everyone is pushing him to make a deal, and plea to a lesser crime, to avoid a possible long term sentence. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Nothing Cuts Deeper See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bűnös vagy ártatlan See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Forest Whitaker and Tony Todd previously appeared in Platoon (1986). See more »

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A Plodding Process
15 August 2012 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Dry account of the procedural path from crime to arrest to trial. This made for HBO movie is OK if not totally engaging.

The major fault does not lie in the execution of the realistic portrayal but in the realistic problem of the overloaded court system. It is not overstated or made to be entertaining and so we have a picture as plodding as the procedure.

The ending is bit of a letdown, however, as the stats show before the credits roll, ultimately right on realistic. It is that realism that handcuff this from being any more than a chronological account of an inherently involved process that leaves little to the imagination and a lot to the non-exciting plea bargain processes.

A good primer for pre law students but at best an easy homework assignment for the rest of us.


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