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True Crime (1999)

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Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate's innocence just hours before his execution?

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Clint Eastwood

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Andrew Klavan (novel), Larry Gross (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Steve Everett
Isaiah Washington ... Frank Louis Beechum
LisaGay Hamilton ... Bonnie Beechum
James Woods ... Alan Mann
Denis Leary ... Bob Findley
Bernard Hill ... Warden Luther Plunkitt
Diane Venora ... Barbara Everett
Michael McKean ... Reverend Shillerman
Michael Jeter ... Dale Porterhouse
Mary McCormack ... Michelle Ziegler
Hattie Winston ... Angela Russel
Penny Bae Bridges ... Gail Beechum
Francesca Eastwood ... Kate Everett (as Francesca Fisher-Eastwood)
John Finn ... Reedy
Laila Robins ... Patricia Findley
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Storyline

Steve Everett, Oakland Tribune journalist with a passion for women and alcohol, is given the coverage of the upcoming execution of murderer Frank Beachum. His attractive colleague Michelle died in a car accident the night before. Bob Findley, Steve's boss and husband to Steve's current affair, wants him dead and gone as soon as possible. When Steve stumbles across the possibility of Frank Beachum being innocently on death row, Bob feels his time to have come. Now Steve only has a few hours left to prove the innocence of Frank and to be right with this theory, as he definitely will be history if he's not. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

True Crimes See more »

Filming Locations:

Cotati, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,276,109, 21 March 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,635,339, 23 May 1999
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Trivia

The name of the newspaper Steve Everett wrote for was "The Oakland Tribune". The name of the paper he used to write for was "The New York Times". See more »

Goofs

When the execution begins, the prison guard reads an order saying that the defendant was convicted in Alameda County Superior Court. The crime took place in Richmond, California which is located in Contra Costa County. Therefore the order would come from the Superior Court in Contra Costa County. See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Roger Waters: [examining Beechum] Blood pressure: 120 over 70. Normal. All right, open wide. Looks fine. Healthy as a horse. Just one more thing, Luther.
Warden Luther Plunkitt: You got to whiz in the cup, Frank. Then we're done.
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Why Should I Care
Written by Clint Eastwood, Carole Bayer Sager and Linda Thompson
Produced by David Foster and Tommy LiPuma
Performed by Diana Krall
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
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Effective Thriller supported by great cast
7 January 2001 | by SwatchDogSee all my reviews

Clint Eastwood has still got it after all these years, and True Crime is proof. This effective thriller follows journalist Steve Everett in his hunt to free a man from execution. It is Eastwood's directorial flair that soars the film from a mediocre thriller into a highly original, sensational Oscar-worthy vehicle. The rest of the cast are also of top standard with Isaiah Washington playing the accused and Lisa Gay Hamilton as his distraught wife. Both co-stars give sensational, gripping performances and are indeed the film's highpoint (even shadowing Eastwood). James Woods also soars as Everett's strict yet sleasy employer. Penny Bae Bridges & Francesca Ruth Eastwood also give breakthrough performances as the daughters of Eastwood & Washington respectively. The extremely tense finale keeps audiences on the end of their seats impatient for the truth to revealed. Overall an extremely well-paced, gripping thriller guaranteed to intrigue audiences. 9/10


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