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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 overview, first billed only:
... Mary Giordano
... Tony Campbell
... Detective Jerry Guinn
... Earl Parkins
... Sherry Tarnley
Joshua Schaefer ... John Giordano
... Vicki Giordano
... Celia Giordano
... Liz McConnell
David Packer ... Sergeant Collins
Alissa Dowdy ... Kathleen Donlevy
... Margie Donlevy
Brian Wankum ... Roger
Melissa DeLizia ... Girl #1
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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25 July 1996 (Spain)  »

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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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Performed by Machine Head
Written by Robb Flynn, Logan Mader, Adam Duce, Chris Kontos
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very good
21 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw True Crime when it was first released back in the mid-nineties and I have watched it many times since. It is a great mystery about Mary (played by Alicia Silverstone), a high school senior in a California town who's classmate's younger sister was tortured and killed by an unknown murderer. Mary meets Tony (played by Kevin Dillon), a police cadet who sees how bright she is and they decide to work together to try to find the killer.

Many suspects in this one. True Crime feels very "true" or real to me. I read a newsgroup review where someone wrote that total suspension of disbelief is present here and it is so true. Alicia Silverstone is perfect in this role and Kevin Dillon and Bill Nunn do a great job, as do the other actors. The locations are right on and the writer/director, Pat Verducci, really captures some of the realities of teenage life and of Mary's loneliness (see the scene where Mary awakens from the dream sequence after having viewed the photos she took of Tony). I wish Verducci would make more movies.

I have not seen any other movie quite like True Crime. 10/10


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