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A Murder of Crows (1998)

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A disbarred lawyer takes credit for a late friend's book, which becomes a smash hit but the tables turn on him sooner than he suspected.

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... Lawson Russell
... Clifford Dubose
... Elizabeth Pope
... Thurman Parks III
... Prof. Arthur Corvus
... Janine DeVrie
... Judge Wiley Banning
... Billy Ray Richardson
... James
Jeremiah Black ... Bailiff
Derek Broes ... Agent Manning
... Detective
Gaelle Comparat ... Thurman's Girl (as Gaelle Compart)
Tara Crespo ... Young Woman
... Clerk (as Anastasia Drake)
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After a lawyer gets disbarred, he goes off to write a book about his experience. He meets a man who lets him read his manuscript. The man dies and the lawyer passes the book off as his. Just when the book becomes a big success. He gets arrested for the true life murders of the five lawyers in his book. He then finds himself, trying to prove that he is innocent of the murders. Written by Anonymous

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Caw the Case. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for language, nudity, a scene of strong sexuality and some violence | See all certifications »

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6 July 1999 (USA)  »

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Nido de cuervos  »

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The 2009 Bollywood movie "Fox" starring Arjun Rampal and Sunny Deol is inspired by this movie. See more »

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When Russell is holding the two guns, he is panicked by the thought that his fingerprints are on a murder weapon. A halfway decent defense lawyer would also realize that there would be no gunshot residue on him. See more »

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Lawson Russell: There's an old saying: Money talks. The only thing I ever heard it say was "Goodbye".
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Put My Faith In You
Performed by Shane August
Written by Shane August
Courtesy of Lavender Hope Music/ASCAP
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Criminally overlooked, highly original thriller
29 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Really like this film, it's criminally overlooked as far as I'm concerned. Cuba Gooding plays a lawyer who gets disbarred shortly after he lets his conscience get the better of him and he moves to Key West Florida, hoping to start a writing career. Once there, he meets and old man who happens to have written a damn fine novel. Ahhh, I don't want to reveal more, but from that point on things get very interesting.

This thriller has a genuinely original plot and is very well written. The plot twist isn't easily spotted and will definitely have viewers guessing for a long time. It's fast paced and well directed by Rowdy Herrington, who's really a director to look for (made another little known James Spader flick that's very good as well).

I've always like Cuba Gooding and he does a good job in the lead, proving he can well handle dramatic parts as well (if not better) than comedic ones. Tom Berenger does well, as always, in a relatively small part as a tough detective.

It's a rare thing these days that a film, particularly a thriller, comes up with a really fresh and original idea and executes it well. A Murder of Crows is a suspenseful and thoroughly entertaining thriller that deserves to be better known.


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