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Criminal Law


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  • Actors: Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tess Harper, Karen Young, Joe Don Baker
  • Directors: Martin Campbell
  • Writers: Mark Kasdan
  • Producers: Derek Gibson, Hilary Heath, John Daly, Ken Gord, Robert K. MacLean
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OPOAPM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,294 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Criminal Law" on IMDb

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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: R
Release Date: 12-JUN-2007
Media Type: DVD

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Gary Oldman, hot off his success in Sid and Nancy and Prick Up Your Ears, went Hollywood with this stenciled thriller, which came minus many thrills. The most impressive thing about it is his American accent. Otherwise, there's not much to recommend this Martin Campbell film. Oldman plays a hotshot defense attorney in Boston who, in a highly publicized case, gets rich playboy Kevin Bacon acquitted of murder--only to realize afterward that Bacon is not just guilty, but a serial killer who has gone on a spree again. So the lawyer takes the law into his own hands and finds himself overmatched in a battle of wits with the murderer. But then, this whole movie is overmatched in the wits department. --Marshall Fine

Customer Reviews

I found this movie too predictable.
Lie2me
This is a fine thriller with Gary Oldman and Kevin Bacon turning in excellent performances.
C. A. Luster
I would recommend the movie to friends and family.
Shaylin Vasquez

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gus Mauro on June 23, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is a thriiler worthy of high ranking Gary oldman plays the defense attorney who gets psycho Kevin Bacon aquitted of murder charges and then soon realizes the big mistake he made when his cilent starts taunting him by killing again and again. Noteworthy performaces all around and backed up by a memorable film score. If you want to see Kevin Bacon in a different role that expands his acting capabilties see this film, as for Gary Oldman this is one of his most acomplished works. A far cry from his usual bad guy over the edge type characters. I love this film!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1999
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Criminal Law, released in 1989, gave a door-opening opportunity for Gary Oldman to enter the world of "real" Hollywood movies, and provided an opportunity for Kevin bacon to demonstrate his talent in a career slow spell. The plot is a well constructed thriller with Bacon playing the malevolent client of Gary Oldman's maverick neophyte criminal lawyer. Oldman gives an excellent portrayal of a young egotist torn between the oath of client confidentiality and the knowledge that his client is guilty. Bacon is brilliant as the cold genius client. A third very creditable performance is delivered by Joe-Don Baker who plays a tenacious wizened investigator. Overall the script provides for a tense thriller with much food for thought, laying the groundwork for similar movies one and a half decades later such as "Seven" and "Kiss the girls". I'd recommend it highly, but not on a dark rainy night if you're alone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott FS VINE VOICE on July 11, 2009
Format: DVD
Both Gary Oldman and Kevin Bacon are superb in this thriller set in Boston. In both the courtroom and in the darkness of the depravity of the mind, this tense drama plays out to a powerful conclusion.

Oldman plays Ben Chase, a young attorney bouyed by his early successes who defends Martin Thiel, accused of murder. Chase realizes that Thiel not only is guilty, but has not given up his murderous ways; in fact, he is a serial killer.

The plot is pretty simple; Chase realizes that he has unleased a killer whose mind has been unhinged by his mother's decision to abort him as a developing baby. What does an ethical man do when he knows someone has used him in a horrific way?

Tess Harper does her fine usual job (and looks good doing it) as detective Stillwell, and Joe Don Baker (detective Mesel) is good playing the character he usually plays, a gruff but effective supporting character.

The true interest in the film is the main character's acting. The staging is well done, the cinematography is fine. The final scene illustrates the fact that there is often little separating the law from the crime. Perhaps we are all capable of acting on our more base impulses. There are a few plot holes (such as, where are the bailiffs and the police in the climatic courthouse scene). But over-all, it's a fine movie.

Recommended. Three and one-half stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gus Mauro on June 23, 2000
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This is a thriiler worthy of high ranking Gary oldman plays the defense attorney who gets psycho Kevin Bacon aquitted of murder charges and then soon realizes the big mistake he made when his cilent starts taunting him by killing again and again. Noteworthy performaces all around and backed up by a memorable film score. If you want to see Kevin Bacon in a different role that expands his acting capabilties see this film, as for Gary Oldman this is one of his most acomplished works. A far cry from his usual bad guy over the edge type characters. I love this film!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Luster on August 14, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had this on VHS for years so you can imagine I'm thrilled to have it available on DVD now. I know a number of people that enjoy this movie. Any critic that thinks this movie lacks wit is criminally insane. This is a fine thriller with Gary Oldman and Kevin Bacon turning in excellent performances. When a Boston attorney, played by Oldman realizes he has got his client off a murder charge when he was guilty, he tries to figure out away to make retribution. But the killer, played by Bacon, isn't going to make that easy at all. If you enjoy this be sure to catch "The Juror" and "The Client".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Hillier on November 12, 2012
Format: DVD
The backstory surrounding "Criminal Law" is more interesting than the film itself. Infamous Canadian Schoolgirl Killer Paul Bernardo was obsessed with this film and with Kevin Bacon's twisted character Martin Thiel. Mr Bernardo even changed his last named to "Teale" shortly before his 1993 arrest, in a bizarre nod to this mediocre film. Gary Oldman plays hot-shot Ben Chase, an Attorney who manages to get Thiel aquitted of murder charges more than once. Thiel, a preppy son-of-an-Abortionist, loves his clothes, boats, and doing creative things with flaming diapers. Tess Harper, Joe Don Baker, and Sean McCann play the cops in earnest, but this is Oldman and Bacon's show. Neither is especially successful here: Oldman, with a bad 80's haircut, is wild-eyed and soaking wet for most of the film and Bacon lacks the depth to play his role. Christian Bale did a much better job playing a near-identical role in "American Psycho," a better film than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Simmons on July 12, 2007
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Oldman is the real focus of this movie for me, this must be an early film of his and he's as good in this role as he is as a more mature actor. I find him able to handle any role or character type that comes his way.
Kevin Bacon is OK as the twisted son of a mother who does threapeutic abortions (pro- lifers this is not an arguement pro or con just a description of the character his mother portrays).

The premise is set up pretty good and the finale' is an ironic twist that helps give the movie some further attachment to its title.

I rate it 4 because there have been better performances in other films by both lead characters.
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