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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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Pat Verducci

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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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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »

Also Known As:

True Crime See more »

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Production Co:

Trimark Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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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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True Crime here is the waste of talent

I'm an Alicia Silverstone fan. She has that most memorable masterpiece that is CLUELESS to her credit. I didn't know about this title until searching for THE BABYSITTER on Amazon spewed this out as a related title that I might like.

Unfortunately, I am quite disappointed. Movie is kinda lame in a dull way. There's not enough to make you feel something for the character. Nothing bright. Alicia needs a chirpy script. EXCESS BAGGAGE, though way inferior to CLUELESS, does a whole lot better.

If we don't feel for the character, it is all to no avail. Movie seems like just an excuse to have a few gory scenes that, in any case, seem totally out of place in such a tepid little flick. Too much wallowing in referring to 'scattered body parts' reveals a sadistic bloodthirsty Freudian slip of the scriptwriter. The hanging corpse was another dud of a scene. I'm in such a bad mood after just watching this, that my review is just filled with negativity, so if it sucks, it's because the film was so bleak I'm still recovering.

I absolutely know Alicia would have been up to portraying a much-more upbeat character had there been a better script. I've studied the 18 other reviews and why some of them are so positive about Pat Verducci I just can't fathom. Maybe he bribed them? Maybe he is their uncle? Maybe they stand to inherit? Maybe they want to be cast in his next (????) movie?

No involvement, no magic, that's the cause of death, the true crime of TRUE CRIME. With hindsight, I'd have made this movie with Alicia cast as a fashion-conscious Nancy Drew with a weakness for some Questionable Type, but this Kevin Dillon, she'd have wrinkled her nose and said "As if...!" So sue me, Amy Heckerling!


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