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True Crime (1999)

Director: Clint Eastwood     Starring: Isaiah Washington
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Format: DVD
Sku: 214573536
UPC: 883929107636
UPC 14: 00883929107636
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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?
Editor's Note
In TRUE CRIME, based on Andrew Klavan's novel, Clint Eastwood plays Steve Everett, a capable reporter who's nearly destroyed his career with alcohol and philandering. When he's assigned to do a human interest sidebar on Frank Beechum (Isaiah Washington), who's about to be executed for murder, Everett casually looks into the crime and quickly begins to see how shaky the evidence against Beechum is. As a director, Eastwood is a confident old hand here, and before he builds up the suspense (and don't worry, he will), he takes the time to delve deep into the lives of his characters and explore the sharp contrast between the cynical Everett, who neglects his family for his job, and the circumspect Beechum, whose greatest torment is not the proximity of his own death but the trauma he's causing his loving wife and daughter. Eastwood gives a wonderfully rich performance, and his rapport with James Woods and Denis Leary, as his newspaper bosses, gives the movie a welcome comic jolt. But the scenes of Beechum's family dealing with his fate are where the movie's overwhelming power lies. Eastwood and his screenwriters pull no punches, and it's difficult to bear witness to the painful, simple truth expressed in these scenes.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/28/2010
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1999
Video UPC UPC: 00883929107636
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Michael Jeter
Video Cast Info James Woods
Video Cast Info Michael McKean
Video Cast Info Mary McCormack
Video Cast Info Bernard Hill
Video Cast Info Marissa Ribisi
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood
Video Cast Info Isaiah Washington
Video Cast Info Denis Leary
Video Cast Info Diane Venora
Video Cast Info Lisa Gay Hamilton
Video Cast Info Stephen Schiff - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Lili Fini Zanuck - Producer
Video Cast Info Jack N. Green - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Joel Cox - Editor
Video Cast Info Andrew Klavan - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Lennie Niehaus - Composer
Video Cast Info Larry Gross - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Paul Brickman - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood - Producer
Video Cast Info Henry Bumstead - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Richard D. Zanuck - Producer
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood - Director

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...A gleeful, cigar chomping performance from James Woods..." 06/??/1999 p.53-4

Entertainment Weekly
"...[A] cannily Eastwood-flattering justice drama..." -- Rating: B 04/16/1999 p.43

New York Times
"...Quietly poignant....TRUE CRIME is directed by Mr. Eastwood with righteous indignation and increasingly strong momentum..." 03/19/1999 p.E13

USA Today
"...This is one of Eastwood's most fully realized performances..." 03/19/1999 p.13E

Chicago Sun-Times
"...A wickedly effective thriller....TRUE CRIME has a nice rhythm....Eastwood gives the movie a nice slow curve and fast break..." 03/19/1999 p.31

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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