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High Crimes (2002)

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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.

Director:

Carl Franklin

Writers:

Joseph Finder (novel), Yuri Zeltser (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Judd ... Claire Kubik
Morgan Freeman ... Charles W. Grimes
Jim Caviezel ... Tom Kubik / Sgt. Ron Chapman
Adam Scott ... Lt. Terrence Embry
Amanda Peet ... Jackie
Bruce Davison ... Brig. Gen. Bill Marks
Tom Bower ... FBI Agent Mullins
Juan Carlos Hernández ... Maj. James Hernandez
Michael Gaston ... Maj. Lucas Waldron
Jude Ciccolella ... Col. Farrell
Emilio Rivera ... Salvadoran Man
Michael Shannon ... Troy Abbott
John Billingsley ... Lie Detector Coach
Dendrie Taylor ... Lola
Paula Jai Parker ... Gracie
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Storyline

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...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimen en primer grado See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe River, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

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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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One element of the novel is inexplicably changed: the characters "Chapman" and "Kubik" have their names exchanged. See more »

Goofs

Even though Claire is a criminal law attorney it is highly unlikely Claire can learn even the basics of military law in such a short time period. Both practices are vastly different. See more »

Quotes

[Charlie and his dog Delilah's answering machine]
Charlie Grimes: This is C.W. Grimes and associates. If you wanna talk to Charlie you should leave a message after the beep. I you wanna talk to Delilah, you should get your head examined!
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Connections

References Kiss the Girls (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Stripper Bar Groove
Written by Robert J. Walsh and Michael Parnell (as Michael William Parnell)
Courtesy of FirstCom Music, Inc.
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Far better than what I was expecting.
1 January 2003 | by Jack the Ripper1888See all my reviews

KISS THE GIRLS stars Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman reunite in HIGH CRIMES, a movie that turned out to be a lot better than I was expecting. The previews made this movie look like a high powered suspense thriller, but I was weary about the plot and I was suspecting a thousand different plot holes. But, I was wrong. This movie is executed wonderfully. Yes, there are the usual thriller cliches, but once you get past all that, this movie is really entertaining. The acting is not all that bad either. Judd is great and Freeman is perfect as always (the only thing about him is that I am still a little hazy as to the gold earring that he totes on his right ear). The supporting cast includes Jim Caviezel, Adam Scott, the very hott Amanda Peet, Bruce Davison and Tom Bower. All of whom do an exceptional job.

This may look like just another one of those 'trial' movies, but this isn't. It is actually quite good if you just look past the typical plot and watch it. Other recommendations include A FEW GOOD MEN and RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. They are both a little different, but still go along the same lines.

This film is for people who appreciate good, old-fashioned suspense thrillers. These kind of movies are the kind people need to show us that looks can be deceiving and that people are not always what they appear to be.

HIGH CRIMES: 5/5.


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