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True Crime (1995)

Mary, a precocious high school senior, longs to be a cop. When a classmate dies and the case remains unsolved, Mary becomes obsessed and gets involved in the investigation.


Pat Verducci


Pat Verducci




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 Jennifer Savidge ... Celia Giordano
Tara Subkoff ... Liz McConnell
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)


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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Trust no one

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


This film is sometimes confused with True Crime (1999), starring Clint Eastwood. That film came out four years after this film. See more »


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

Alternate Versions

A pg-13 version with the title "Dangerous Kiss" has been showed on cable, This version cuts out most of the violence, sex and some of the stronger profanity. See more »


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


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Alicia Silverstone: Teen sleuth
30 April 2018 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

RELEASED TO VIDEO IN 1995/1996 and written & directed by Pat Verducci, "True Crime" (aka "Dangerous Kiss") is a mystery/crime/teen/romance starring Alicia Silverstone as a Catholic school senior in California who befriends a police cadet (Kevin Dillon) to solve a case of serial killings of young women. Their investigations lead them to a traveling carnival. Bill Nunn plays the girl's detective friend and the cadet's boss.

This came out right after Alicia's breakthrough flicks "The Crush" (1993) and "Clueless" (1995) and, while entertaining for what it is, it pales by comparison. The main problem isn't the cast, locations or excellent percussion-oriented score, but rather the script; and, more specifically, who the killer turns out being. With just a couple imaginative tweaks this could've been a very satisfying teen mystery à la Nancy Drew, but with considerable edge. Still, Silverstone makes it agreeable, along with the other highlights noted. If you like those other two flicks, this is a must.

THE MOVIE RUNS 1 hour, 34 minutes and was shot in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA.


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Release Date:

25 July 1996 (Spain) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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