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on April 28, 2000
At least two scenes of TRUE CRIME should stay in my memory for a very long time : the visit at the zoo with Clint Eastwood shouting "Speed Zoo" and "We're going fast" while pushing his daughter on wheels and the scene involving Clint and James Woods for a conversation about women, ethics and capital punishment : two great actors for a moment of pure pleasure.
At first, TRUE CRIME could be considered as another movie about capital punishment. Well filmed, with a good rythm and convincing actors, this movie is the perfect movie to rent. But take a second look at TRUE CRIME and you won't be disappointed. This movie can be seen one, two or three times, it will still unveil a lot of goodies. One can admire how Clint Eastwood compares with subtlety the destiny of Steve Everett and Frank Beechum by using descriptions of similar situations : for example, the two little girls harassing their fathers with multiple demands at a crucial moment. Let's also observe how Clint uses a clever editing to pass from Beechum's cell to Clint's scenes : cigarettes, paintings (the green pastures) for instance are themes that bind the two destinies.
I strongly recommend this film which is another masterpiece in the exceptional directorial career of Clint Eastwood. Sound and images perfect for me with above-averages extra-features.
A DVD for your library. At least, I hope so !
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on September 2, 2000
When I first saw the trailer, I thought this was going to be a boring movie. But once I saw it, I just had to get the word out that this was one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. The movie is filled with suspense, great acting, and a wonderful plot/story. It's about an innocent man saved from the death penalty at the exact moment. To enjoy the movie you must see it with the proper settings and without distraction. Otherwise, you won't enjoy it as much. The movie has a lot of big names in the movie including Clint Eastwood, who produced and directed this movie, Dennis Leary, and etc. Happened to see Absolute Power, directed by Eastwood, but this movie is a much superior film. Eastwood definitely redeemed himself in this one. So go watch this great film.
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on September 2, 2000
When a jaded reporter gets an eleventh hour assignment to witness an execution at San Quentin, it turns into a personal quest for justice as he spends the last hours of the convicted man's life in a last-ditch effort to get to the truth of the case. "True Crime," directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, is a taut thriller that goes to the wire as Steve Everett (Eastwood), a journalist and recovering alcoholic, tries to find out what really happened that fateful day when Frank Beachum (Isaiah Washington) entered a convenience store to buy a bottle of steak sauce and wound up being convicted of murdering the store clerk. It's not a campaign born entirely of compassion, however; Everett has had a checkered career that has taken him to the top of his profession, only to have his own errors of judgment (attributed to the bottle) precipitate a swift decline that has ensconced him in a job at a large paper in the Bay area of Northern California writing personality pieces and sidebar profiles. He's not a man of tremendously high ideals or great conviction, and his moral character is somewhat ambiguous, but he demands one thing from himself and everyone else when it comes to reporting a story: The truth. In that he is adamant, and he pursues it without compromise using the one tool in his personal arsenal that has never (when he is sober) failed him, his "nose" for news, that innate sense that unfailingly leads him to that which he is seeking. In the case of Frank Beachum, Everett's nose tells him he is innocent; but he's only got a few hours to prove it. And it's been awhile since his "nose" has been put to the test; the last time turned into a debacle that cost him his reputation. This time, not only his job, but a man's life is on the line. And the clock is ticking. Behind the camera, Eastwood is a master storyteller; he exacts winning performances from his actors, delivers his movies with a deliberate pace and cadence, and knows how to keep the tension on the edge right up to the very end. And this film is no exception. As an actor, he's reached a maturity that lends itself perfectly to characters like Everett, imbuing him with a been-there-done-that countenance, from the expressive lines in his face to the way he carries himself physically, that not only makes him an interesting (if not entirely sympathetic ) character, but adds nuance and credibility to his overall performance. Washington and Lisa Gay Hamilton (Bonnie Beachum) also give excellent, emotionally stirring performances that anchor this story of a desperate family that finds an unlikely champion in Everett, in whom their only hope for justice and survival lies. In a terrific supporting role, James Woods plays Alan Mann, the editor for whom Everett works; it's a dynamic performance that produces some great and memorable scenes between his character and Eastwood. Denis Leary is also outstanding as Bob Findley, Everett's boss, and he turns in a subtle, understated performance that works as a perfect counterpoint to the characters of Everett and Mann. Things really ignite when the three of them are in a scene together. Also memorable in supporting roles are Diane Venora (Barbara Everett), Bernard Hill (Warden Plunkitt), Michael McKean (Reverend Shillerman), Michael Jeter (Dale Porterhouse) and Mary McCormack (Michelle). Be advised, "True Crime" is a movie that will put you through your paces. From the beginning, you realize that it's highly unlikely that Everett will succeed; there just isn't enough time. But you also know that "it ain't over `till it's over," so you hang on to that slim thread of hope, and through that you are readily able to relate to Beachum's situation. And it makes you realize that if hope is all you have, at least it's better than nothing. After all, sometimes in the end, it all pans out for the better.
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on October 11, 1999
I liked it for reasons others might not: The characters were monumentally flawed, except perhaps for Eastwood's wife. And it was refreshing to see overpaid movie actors not playing the perfect people they usually insist on playing (William Goldman, the screenwriter, says he has to write novels, because just writing screenplays means writing only perfect people, and gets tiresome). Regarding the comment about Eastwood in bed with the thirty-ish woman: the woman looked pretty beat up to me, too, and possibly forty-ish. But Eastwood should have kept his shirt on. He lifts weights, and has muscle bulk, but the skin on his torso looks too old to show off. But I'd rather see Clint Eastwood with his shirt off, than Marlon Brando with his! Anyway, Eastwood plays a guy who is really a jerk (like in the "speed zoo" scene) a lot of the time, and I found that interesting. Personally, I think Eastwood is a sloppy director. His movies he's directed have a clunky feel, and this one had that too, but not so much that good aspects of his direction weren't evident. (His sloppiest direction effort was the pathetically clunky one he did two pictures ago, where Gene Hackman plays the President, and whose title escapes me). Logic was stretched in this film, but it was believable enough for me.
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on May 14, 2016
Fading journalist 'Steve Everett' (Clint Eastwood) a womaniser and hard drinker is given the task to cover the human-story
of convicted for murder 'Frank Beechum' (Isaiah Washington) who is due to be given the 'lethal-injection' at one minute
past midnight.'
The office is a tense place of work for 'Steve' with one of his bosses whos wife he'd slept with looking for an excuse to dump
him out.
'Steve' sets about investigating the six-year old crime to give himself a background to the case before writing the story, he
soon discovers anomalies in the evidence, could it be that 'Frank Beechum' is in fact an innocent man.
He discovers the evidence of the key-witness to be doubtful, and after visiting the prison becomes even more convinced
that a miscarriage of justice is about to take place.
'Steve' checks out the findings of colleague 'Michelle' who had earlier been writing the story he was now working on but
had died the night before in a car-smash, could her notes uncover a vital lead ?
He draws a blank seemingly, now with time ticking away all seems lost, could there be one last clue to change the course of
events ? ...or is it quite simply too late.
Saw this one a while back, forgotten just how good it really is.
The film has plenty of tension along with some deeply emotional moments along the way.
This is 'Clint Eastwood'at his very best.
Features -
The Scene of the Crime - Cast/Crew Interviews
True Crime : True Stories - A Reporter's True-Life
Experiences That Parallel The Movie
Diana Krall Music Video - 'Why Should I Care'
Theatrical Trailer
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on January 30, 2004
Another great Eastwood directed film with terrific performances by everyone in the cast especially (i.e. Isaiah Washington, Lisa Gay Hamilton and James Woods). Eastwood is one of my favorite directors ever. If you are in any way familiar with an old radio show called "Nightbeat" this film is very similiar. This one has a very suspenseful ending.
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on March 7, 2000
You know the story: man about to be executed and last minute fight to save him. The only thing is, the directing and acting by Clint Eastwood is so good and the story line is so riveting, that it holds you and grabs you in the gut, from beginning to end. All of the acting is worth the price and Eastwood's real daughter (who plays his little girl inthe movie), is amazing in her short acting bits. What a kid! As the recovered alcoholic newspaper reporter, Eastwood still has the nose for the truth in this good script. If you favor capital punishment, you may think it through again after seeing this film.
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on December 28, 2014
my husband is a Clint Eastwood fan and owns every single one of his movies. He has nothing bad to say about any of them except, he doesn't care for the ones that have the orangutang/monkey in them. But he has those also, just so he cansay he has them all. Clint Eastwood is a good actor all the way around, don't have any complaints about any of his movies. Not even his earlier ones.
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on November 17, 1999
I've read the reviews from other people, and felt they were a bit unfair. I completly agree that seeing Clint half-naked isn't the best scene in the movie, that the plot is somehow predictible, and Clint should play womanizers anymore.
Still, Clint is still a fantastic actor, the performance by Isaiah Washington is nothing less than outstanding.
The movie itself has a light smell of the 70s, which remind the Dirty Harry days.
I enjoyed this movie, I can also accept some people didn't, but I think it was good
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on September 17, 2014
The main characters were portrayed by A-list actors—wonderful. Don’t understand why Isaiah Washington wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award. He was outstanding.

Enjoyed the entire film except for the “homeless man” character. The over-the-top vulgarity was unnecessary and lent nothing to the story other than telling the viewer that reporter Everett was acquainted with a foul-mouthed man—big whoop.

There were a lot of gut-wrenching, sad scenes, but funny moments, too.

The film didn’t change my pro-death penalty view. It did have a sledge-hammer impact, though. Persons investigating a crime and/or charging a person with a crime have a greater responsibility than the average worker. In other words, if you’re involved with law enforcement or the legal system, you must perform your job better than the rest of us—that’s big time stress. Kudos to the men & women who can handle those types of jobs; they must be pretty special folks.

While the ending scene was beautiful and poignant, I felt deep sadness for Everett.
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