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High Crimes (2002)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 5 April 2002 (USA)
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High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who has been living under a false name, is arrested by military police and placed on trial for the murder of villagers while he was in the Marines.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Claire Kubik
... Charles W. Grimes
... Tom Kubik / Sgt. Ron Chapman
... Lt. Terrence Embry
... Jackie
... Brig. Gen. Bill Marks
... FBI Agent Mullins
... Maj. James Hernandez
... Maj. Lucas Waldron
... Col. Farrell
... Salvadoran Man
... Troy Abbott
... Lie Detector Coach
... Lola
... Gracie
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High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who she thought was Tom Kubik, is arrested and is revealed to be Ron Chapman. Chapman is on trial for a murder of Latin American villagers while he was in the Marines. Claire soon learns that to navigate the military justice system, she'll need help from the somewhat unconventional Charlie Grimes; meanwhile, Claire's sister, Jackie, is falling in love with wet-behind-the-ears Lieutenant Embry assigned as the official defense lawyer. And most of the eyewitnesses have rather too conveniently died. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Everything you trust. Everything you know. May be a lie...


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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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5 April 2002 (USA)  »

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Crimen en primer grado  »

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Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,005,550, 7 April 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,543,207, 18 August 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,781,100
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When they find the bug in the room after Troy Abbott's (Michael Shannon) disappearance, Jackie (Amanda Peet) says: 'Is that a b...?!' never saying the word 'bug' out loud. Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon starred later in Bug (2006). See more »

Goofs

When the man from the bar makes Claire get out of the car, the tail-lights are left on. While they are talking a security guard drives up and the man runs to get back into the car, but the tail-lights are off. See more »

Quotes

Salvadoran Man: Lawyers are a waste of oxygen.
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Featured in High Crimes: FBI Takedown Union Square (2002) See more »

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Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from Nutcracker Suite
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky)
Performed by New Symphony Orchestra of London
Courtesy of Chesky Records and Manhattan Production Music
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High tensions and mystery.
30 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, after starring in 1997's Kiss the Girls, reunite in this story about powerful attorney Claire Kubik (Judd), who finds her husband Tom Kubik (Jim Caviezel) arrested for the murder of Latin American villagers while he was in the Marines, with the name of Sgt. Ron Chapman. Claire teams up with Charlie Grimes (Freeman) to navigate through the military justice system in attempts to clear Tom, all while dealing with the deaths of key eyewitnesses.

Like Kiss the Girls, this movie is full of mystery and tension that will captivate an audience and keep the movie's pace going strong despite its simple and predictable plot. Freeman is a calm yet dynamic actor, which is perfect in his role as he teams up once again with Judd, who herself gave an energetic and dramatic performance in her attorney role. Jim Caviezel gave a strong and mysterious performance as the accused Tom, whose unknown background will leave the audience guessing.

With some good suspense and tension, it's a worthy courtroom drama for a popcorn movie night.

Grade B-


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