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True Believer (1989)

Director: Joseph Ruben     Starring: Robert Downey James Woods
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40149168
UPC: 043396058491
UPC 14: 00043396058491
Category Keywords: Law/Lawyers  Suspense  Theatrical Release  Thriller
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"...entertaining all the way.  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"James Woods....makes True Believer a legal blast.  Desson Howe, Washington Post

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/13/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 103 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1989
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 05849
Video UPC UPC: 00043396058491
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1/4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info James Woods
Video Cast Info Margaret Colin
Video Cast Info Robert Downey, Jr.
Video Cast Info Yuji Okumoto
Video Cast Info Joseph Ruben - Director
Video Cast Info John Lindley - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Brad Fidel - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Walter F. Parkes - Producer
Video Cast Info Lawrence Lasker - Producer
Video Cast Info Wesley Strick - Writer
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Woods,James
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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