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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

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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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

Gross USA:

$16,649,768

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,649,768
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The car used to shoot the last scene where Steve Everett's going to the Governor's mansion was an 1980's Mustang with a Chevy engine in it with a cameraman seat mounted to the front left of the car. The car was left sitting on Redwood Road in the Oakland Hills for a few days. See more »

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When Michelle drives away from the bar in her car, she turns on her lights. Then, in the next shot, she turns them on again. 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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Featured in True Crime: True Stories (1999) See more »

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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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Slow build-up to a clock ticking climax...
21 September 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

TRUE CRIME is a sophisticated crime thriller that takes time to delve into its lead character--CLINT EASTWOOD--who promptly turns out to be very much like the Eastwood character we've already seen in a dozen or so films--boozy, insolent, direct, and relentless when he's on the trail of a killer or playing detective with everyday citizens.

It isn't until his newspaper partner is killed in a driving accident that his conscience takes over and he decides to pursue the case that intrigued her--a case involving a man she believes is innocently awaiting sentence in California's death row.

He pleads with his newspaper boss (JAMES WOODS) to give him more time to insert himself into the case and track down the real killer. This leads to a black woman who inadvertently gives him a clue he's been searching for and to their desperate attempt to reach the governor in time to stop the execution. Scenes of the state preparing step by step to begin the process are cross-cut with Eastwood's car chase to alert the authorities in time. It makes a smashing, riveting climax.

Basic storyline seems awfully familiar for anyone who has seen a movie from the '40s, CALL NORTHSIDE 777, all about one man's attempt to save a man from the chair whom he believes is totally innocent. And there too, the clue depended on a piece of evidence seen by the naked eye.

Eastwood's acting and direction is above reproach--he's fine and totally in control in both departments. In fact, all the supporting roles are extremely well played. Well worth viewing--and has something to say about race relations too.


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