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True Crime (1995)

Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has an addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alicia Silverstone ... Mary Giordano
Kevin Dillon ... Tony Campbell
Bill Nunn ... Detective Jerry Guinn
Michael Bowen ... Earl Parkins
Ann Devaney ... Sherry Tarnley
Joshua Schaefer Joshua Schaefer ... John Giordano
Marla Sokoloff ... Vicki Giordano
Jennifer Savidge ... Celia Giordano
Tara Subkoff ... Liz McConnell
David Packer David Packer ... Sergeant Collins
Alissa Dowdy Alissa Dowdy ... Kathleen Donlevy
Aimee Brooks ... Margie Donlevy
Brian Wankum Brian Wankum ... Roger
Melissa DeLizia ... Girl #1
Tiombe Lockhart Tiombe Lockhart ... Girl #2 (as Tiombe Anika Lockhart)
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Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has an addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which inspire her to do her own detective work. When she starts snooping around on the case of a murderer of teenage girls, it gets her in hot water with her mentor Detective Jerry Gunn. But it also starts a team up with police cadet Tony Campbell. The two work together to find the murderer. But the closer Mary gets to solving the murder, the more danger she puts herself in of being the next victim. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Rated R for psychopathic violence, strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1996 (Spain) See more »

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Trimark Pictures See more »
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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Despite this film being released on video in 1996, this is one of the three films starring Alicia Silverstone that was released in 1995. The other two films are Clueless (1995) and The Babysitter (1995). See more »

Goofs

When Mary reads the case file after breaking into the police office, the word "HOMICIDE" is misspelled "HOMOCIDE". See more »

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Referenced in True Detective: After You've Gone (2014) See more »

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....an entertaining story worth seeing
20 August 2001 | by blue hermitSee all my reviews

I searched out this one after seeing the hilarious and linguistically challenging "Clueless" (1995), perhaps Alicia Silverstone's best known effort from early in her film career. "True Crime" has Kevin Dillon, which should be helpful in improving most film projects. In fact everyone in the cast does a good job . The only disappointment I think the movie has for me is an awkward "feel" to some of the scenes, coming from the need to run a quite uncompromising, grown up theme as part of what in tone starts out as a schoolgirl adventure.

Alicia Silverstone is pretty good in this one. She carries off well the naive enthusiasm and growing unease that affects Mary Giordano as she manoeuvres towards the truth behind the serial murders. I reckon her characterization of MG has some mileage in it too. The inference of the story line is that she goes on to a career in law enforcement. It could be really interesting for an older Silverstone to revisit Giordano at a time of crisis later in the officer's life. Just a thought!

"True Crime" shows its director in a good light. Pat Verducci also has the writing credit. I don't know of any other film work PV has done. I can only wonder what happened after such a promising start.

Like most productions, this one has a largely unknown supporting cast, although Bill Nunn (Detective Jerry Guinn) is hardly that. Over the past decade he seems to have been able to secure an impressive number of screen appearances. I recall seeing him recently in "Carriers" (1998), a made for TV presentation with a military theme. Bill Nunn played "Captain Arends". Fans of the classic US TV comedy show "Who's the Boss" may also have an interest in "Carriers" because the leading player is Judith Light, remembered with affection by many because of her lengthy involvement with the show.

"True Crime" could easily not have worked, but it does OK. I think it is an entertaining story worth seeing.


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