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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 10 July 2009 (Spain)
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Remake of the 1956 film noir film "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" in which a writer's plan to expose a corrupt district attorney takes an unexpected turn.


Peter Hyams


Peter Hyams (screenplay), Douglas Morrow





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Metcalfe ... C.J. Nicholas
Amber Tamblyn ... Ella Crystal
Michael Douglas ... Mark Hunter
Joel David Moore ... Corey Finley
Orlando Jones ... Ben Nickerson
Lawrence P. Beron ... Lieutenant Merchant (as Lawrence Beron)
Sewell Whitney ... Martin Weldon
David Jensen ... Gary Spota
Sharon K. London Sharon K. London ... Judge Sheppard (as Sharon London)
Krystal Kofie Krystal Kofie ... Taieesha
Randal Reeder ... Survivalist Man (as Randel Reeder)
Ryan Glorioso ... Animal Shelter Attendant
Jon McCarthy Jon McCarthy ... Detective Rawley
Grant James ... Aaron Wakefield
Eric Gipson Eric Gipson ... Allen


High profile lawyer Mark Hunter has an impeccable record putting criminals behind bars and is a shoe-in for governor in the upcoming election. But when ambitious rookie journalist, C.J. Nicholas begins investigating Hunter for tampering with evidence to secure his convictions, the district attorney's perfect record is up for scrutiny. Commencing a risky game of cat and mouse with Hunter, C.J. frames himself as a murder suspect to catch the corrupt D.A. in the act. Romantically involved with C.J. but unaware of his assignment, assistant D.A. Ella Crystal becomes caught between her boss's political ambitions and C.J.'s dangerous expose. As mounting evidence stacks up against both men, Ella's own life becomes threatened when she discovers incriminating proof that puts the fate of both C.J's innocence and Hunter's reputation in her hands. Written by karon

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Why would a man frame himself... for murder?

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a sex scene, violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 July 2009 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Más allá de la duda See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Canada See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,164, 13 September 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,409, 27 September 2009
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The garage scene contains far too many unbelievable sequences, such as pyrotechnics without any discernible cause and the weapon car stopping alongside the intended victim instead of simply turning into her. See more »


When in the shop to buy a switch-blade, between 31:25 and 31:45, some shots show Corey Finley holding his bag with his left hand and some other shots show his left hand hanging down. See more »


References The Mask (1994) See more »


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Dopey crime drama, very amusing though
7 February 2010 | by Samiam3See all my reviews

The career of director/cinematographer Peter Hyams has been one of slow decent into mediocrity like Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, which has just a slight improvement over his previous entry A Sound of Thunder. This movie is arguably the dopiest courtroom drama of the decade (at least). It is a story that lives purely on coincidence and contrivance. It feels rushed and ends on an anti-climactic note. Sounds pretty bad huh? Actually it wasn't. There is something kind of amusing about the idiocy of Beyond a Reasonable Doubt which may be just enough to keep you watching. Sometimes it gets actually fairly tense.

C. J. Nicholas is an investigative reporter in Missouri who is convinced that the district attorney, has been faking evidence for the last 17 murder cases he has taken on. In order to expose him, C. J. comes up with a crazy scheme which involves framing himself for a murder, getting arrested and hoping that Nicholas tries to pin something on him. Sounds good, but something goes very wrong.

Not for a moment is the story believable, and it takes too many ways out of conflict, including rushing scenes, throwing in cheap surprises, and also a deus ex machina to conclude the whole thing. If you are not bothered by this, you may find something to salvage from Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. There are some quirky scenes here and there and a few good Hyams shots

Well, it could have been worse I suppose, the movie was better than I expected, but I think I may be giving it more generosity than it deserves.

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