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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

Writers:

Andrew Klavan (novel), Larry Gross (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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 (Clint Eastwood), Oakland Tribune journalist with a passion for women and alcohol, is given the coverage of the upcoming execution of murderer Frank Louis Beachum (Isaiah Washington). His attractive colleague Michelle Ziegler (Mary McCormack) died in a car accident the night before. Bob Findley (Denis Leary), 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 Louis 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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An innocent man has only 12 hours to live...


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

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Second of two Clint Eastwood movies featuring Diane Venora, who had played Chan Parker in Eastwood's Bird (1988). See more »

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When Steve calls information to be connected to Dale Porterhouse at Stokes and Whitney; he gives his pager number to the receptionist, he then sets the prop phone down on the table without pressing the button to hang up the call. The type of handset used has a button to place and end calls. See more »

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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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Performed by Kenny Burrell
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one of the surprisingly good suspense films of 99
14 June 2000 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood's True Crime shows how even at the ripe old age of 69 (or 70) he can still make a film that has an equal level of skill and practical entertainment value to his older ones. It's nothing great as art, however, and I doubt that it'll be put along the ranks of his great westerns of really chilling cop thrillers. But I remember seeing it twice in the theater (the second time as it was the only movie I could see as being worth seeing among the lot of movies that were out in the theater that time of the year), and thinking well enough of it both times. It's a perfunctory, suspenseful look at a flawed-man though hard-edged journalist (Eastwood) who is trying to find the truth of a death years earlier to save a man's life on deat5h row (Isaiah Washingon is convincing as this man). Denis Leary and James Woods give their all for Eastwood here as co-stars, and there's always a sense of other good character actors in the mix as well (Michael Jeter anyone?). With moments of sorrow mixed with touches of dark comedy, and a finale we all know is coming but keeps us biting the nails all the way, it's not bad at all. If I wouldn't rank it right up there with the best of Eastwood's it might be because of its pat predictability and somewhat lack of interest in the core case in the story. B+


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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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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,276,109, 21 March 1999

Gross USA:

$16,649,768

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,649,768
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1.85 : 1
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