True Believer

Directed By: Joseph Ruben Starring: Robert Downey James Woods

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Powerful thriller about a former civil rights attorney and his idealistic young associate who re-open an eight year old murder case.


Studio Sony
SKU 40149168
UPC 043396058491
UPC 14 00043396058491
Format DVD
Release Date 5/13/2008
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note James Woods stars as a William Kuntsler-style lawyer in this tale of injustice and renewed dignity. In the 1960s, idealistic advocate Eddie Dodd courted controversy by defending outspoken youths and free spirits. Alas, in the 20 years since, he has succumbed to cynicism. Nowadays, perpetually stoned, he protects coke dealers who pay for his services with paper bags full of cash. Then Eddie takes on an assistant, Roger Baron, who brings to his attention the case of a wrongly imprisoned Asian man. Suddenly Eddie's conscience is sparked, and he sets out to clear the man's name. As Eddie investigates the crime, he encounters on-the-take police officers, dirty D.A.s, and even neo-Nazis every step along the way. Eddie not only must help an unjustly accused man but salvage his own self-confidence--and stay alive--as well. TRUE BELIEVER, directed by Joseph Ruben, features terrific performances by James Woods and Robert Downey Jr.
Plot Summary
Summary Once an acclaimed civil rights attorney, Eddie Dodd is now an embittered cynic defending lowlifes. But his passion for justice is rekindled when an idealistic young associate urges him to reopen an eight-year-old murder case.
New York Times "...TRUE BELIEVER has made a powerful impression even before the opening credits are over....Woods's performance is crackling and passionate..." 02/17/1989 p.C10
USA Today "...[The film] gives us one of those irresistible underdog situations out of THE VERDICT..." 02/17/1989 p.6D
Joseph Ruben
Robert Downey
James Woods
Cast & Crew
James Woods - Actor
Margaret Colin - Actor
Robert Downey, Jr. - Actor
Yuji Okumoto - Actor
Joseph Ruben - Director
John Lindley - Director of Photography
Brad Fidel - Musical Score
Walter F. Parkes - Producer
Lawrence Lasker - Producer
Wesley Strick - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1989
Catalog ID 05849
UPC 00043396058491
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 103 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Woods,James
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...entertaining all the way.
Desson Howe, Washington Post James Woods....makes True Believer a legal blast.

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