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Double Jeopardy (1999)

A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him.

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writers:

David Weisberg, Douglas Cook (as Douglas S. Cook)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Travis
Ashley Judd ... Libby
Benjamin Weir Benjamin Weir ... Matty - Age 4
Jay Brazeau ... Bobby
Bruce Greenwood ... Nick
John Maclaren ... Rudy (as John MacLaren)
Ed Evanko Ed Evanko ... Warren (as Edward Evanko)
Annabeth Gish ... Angie
Bruce Campbell Bruce Campbell ... Bartender At Party
Brennan Elliott ... Yuppie Man
Angela Schneider Angela Schneider ... Yuppie Girl
Michael Gaston ... Cutter
Gillian Barber ... Rebecca Tingely
Tom McBeath ... Coast Guard Officer
David Jacox David Jacox ... Deputy Ben
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Storyline

When Nick Parsons appears to be murdered his wife Libby is tried and convicted. Six years later Libby is paroled and is pursued by Travis Lehman (her parole officer) as she sets out to find her son and settle the score with Nick. Written by Les MacDonald at <mcmac@mb.sympatico.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Murder isn't always a crime.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, a scene of sexuality and some violence | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Double Jeopardy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,162,542, 26 September 1999

Gross USA:

$116,741,558

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,841,558
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Michelle Stafford. See more »

Goofs

When Libby enters the BMW dealership and asks the salesman to run a credit check on Angela Greene, the salesman returns and provides her with a current address. However, in the next scene, when Libby attempts to find Angela in Colorado, a neighbor informs Libby that Angela died three years earlier. Therefore, there would have been no available credit report and current address for a person who had been dead for three years.

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Quotes

[first lines]
Libby Parsons: [Libby fishs with her son Matty] I'm pretty hungry. Hope we catch some fish soon.
Matty - Age 4: Me, too.
Libby Parsons: [Libby winds the fishing line back in] Okay, help me wind.
Matty - Age 4: Wind back?
Libby Parsons: Can we turn this one? Slowly. Slowly, slowly, slowly, slowly.
Matty - Age 4: I am doing it slowly.
Libby Parsons: [Libby smiles] Okay, you got it.
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Rumblin' Reeds
By John 'Juke' Logan, David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano & Jerry Angel
Performed by John 'Juke' Logan
Courtesy of Razor & Tie Entertainment
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mediocre piece of pop fiction tripe
25 February 2000 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

If "Double Jeopardy" succeeds at all as entertainment, it is thanks to two basic elements: the luminous, feisty performance by Ashley Judd and the fact that the story taps into a pair of sure-fire emotional grabbers - the attempt by a falsely convicted person to prove his or her innocence and the wrenching spectacle of a mother being unduly separated from her child.

This trite revenge melodrama is, otherwise, a fairly mediocre piece of pop culture trash, short on solid character development and long on credibility-defying illogic. Judd plays the wife of a multimillionaire businessman who is framed for the murder of her husband (an ersatz murder, by the way, whose logistics are never explained either to Judd or to the audience), spends six years behind bars and then, when released, goes in search of not only the husband she now knows is alive and well but the son whom she has not seen in all that time. Tommy Lee Jones co-stars as her parole officer who, at first, attempts to inhibit her search then, becoming convinced of her truthfulness, joins her in her effort to exact proper revenge.

The film sets up its framework on a very shaky premise. We are expected to believe, idiotically, that Judd is free to murder her husband for real this time with full impunity, covered by the double jeopardy legal argument that one cannot be tried twice for the same crime. Any film that believes its audience is that gullible is unlikely to win over too many converts. Similarly, are we really to swallow the fact that a man as professional as Jones' parole officer appears to be would leave the keys in the ignition while his prisoner sits in the car handcuffed to the door handle while he goes looking for a cup of coffee? And would a man who has managed to eliminate two wives so successfully and establish himself as a pillar of the community under several different aliases allow himself to be fooled so easily into confessing his crime into a concealed tape recorder? Such lapses in logic permeate this entire film.

The movie does deserve credit for keeping the Judd/Jones relationship a strictly platonic one, thereby avoiding the romantic cliches that could truly overwhelm the proceedings. And Jones nicely underplays a role that, in other directorial hands, might have lent itself to hyperbole and bombast.

All told, however, I'm afraid that one's enjoyment of "Double Jeopardy" is predicated mostly on how willing one is to suspend critical judgment and go with the facts as they are presented. Unfortunately, the film is not tightly edited or suspenseful enough to allow the audience to ride over all these crests of incredibility. The result is a watchable, but neither compelling nor memorable, piece of pulp fiction tripe.


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