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A Murder of Crows

4.3 out of 5 stars 137 customer reviews

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Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tom Berenger. A lawyer is suspected of murder after claiming authorship of a best-selling novel-which seems to have been based on actual killings-in this psychological thriller. 1998/color/101 min/R/Full-screen.

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Writer-director Rowdy Herrington takes innocence, guilt, ambition, and morality, and twists them into a suspenseful, seductive spiral that can't help but suck you in. When defense attorney Russell Lawson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) realizes his client (Eric Stoltz) is guilty, he turns on him mid-trial--a move that costs him both the case and his career. Disbarred and disheartened, he retreats to Key West, where he meets a peculiar retired teacher named Christopher Marlowe and the film's roller coaster ride begins. In a quick reversal of fortune, Lawson makes an ethical compromise and becomes wildly successful--and then just as suddenly becomes a fugitive from the law, trying to track down a murderer before being tracked down himself. Gooding's constant voice-overs tend to distract from the story rather than add to it; however, his down-home earnestness makes him a good foil for a cranky cop (Tom Berenger) who appears to be more interested in making an arrest than in finding the truth. But then nothing here is what it first appears to be, and although Herrington leaves just enough clues for the astute viewer to pick up on the film's central metaphor, the conclusion still manages to surprise. With such a talented cast and tight writing, it's hard to fathom why A Murder of Crows didn't do better in theaters. At least on video the film, like Lawson, is given a second chance. --Larisa Lomacky Moore

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  • Actors: Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Berenger, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Eric Stoltz, Mark Pellegrino
  • Directors: Rowdy Herrington
  • Writers: Rowdy Herrington
  • Producers: Cuba Gooding Jr., Derek Broes, Andrew Stevens, Ashok Amritraj, Elie Samaha
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305432317
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,238 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Murder of Crows" on IMDb

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A MURDER OF CROWS redeems Rowdy Herrington and Cuba Gooding Jr. for every bad film they have ever made, and combined... that's a lot of bad films.
MURDER revolves around a disbarred lawyer who scams his way into a success, but, through a devious plot twist, becomes the main suspect in a string of brilliant homicides. The script by Herrington is absolutely involving. It's detailed, well paced, and very smart. Despite a few goofy or cheesy lines, which are pretty much due to bad acting in certain parts, the script is solid.
The direction is as haunting as it should be in this type of film and Herrington really turns up the suspense. His slow shots or disoriated handhelds are in the right places, and it only adds to the tenseness of the story.
Cuba Gooding Jr. is completely fascinating in this role. He gets into it all the way and makes you believe him, even in the most incredible scenes. Tom Berrenger, however, does not fare as well. Even though he proved in the past that he was a decent actor, he slips a bit, and some of his lines are given like he was reading them off of cue cards. However, he's good enough that it doesn't distract from anything else, and in some scenes, he's excellent. The supporting cast, including Marianne Jean Baptiste and Eric Stoltz, is very good and only adds to the film. Stoltz is smarmy and oozes charisma and Baptiste has a very soothing, sweet, grandmother-type air about her. They are the best they could be.
Overall, A MURDER OF CROWS is a highly overlooked film that should be scene by lovers of suspense. The guessing game that is involved throughout the story doesn't make you feel stupid, but it doesn't give much away either.
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One of my favorite movies of all time, this film teaches a number of moral lessons as it takes the audience on a bungee ride of suspense and murder. In the classic Shakespeare tradition (King Lear; Hamlet), the protoganist Cuba Gooding, takes a tremendous fall from power, wealth, and acclaim to find himself a fugitive thanks to his plagirized book in which he accurately tells of a number of gruesome murders, including details that only the killer could know. The ensuing manhant and redemption rank up there with the best potboilers of their kind (Fugitive), and the smart intelligent script weaves a number of literary allegories into the plot that left an impact on me long after I finished viewing it.
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This was a story about a lawyer named Russell Lawson (played by Cuba Gooding, Jr.) who realizes his client is guilty of murder so he causes a stir in the trial and ends up getting disbarred. He tries to be a writer, but isn't having any luck actually writing anything. One day he meets an old man and they quickly become friends. The man gives him a manuscript to read, which he said he wrote, called A Murder of Crows. It's brilliant. When Lawson goes to return it, he discovers that the man has died from an apparent heart attack. With no known family, he decides to keep the manuscript, place his name on it, and submit it to a publisher. It's an instant success, but he's arrested for murder when a detective reads the book and recognizes the descriptions as being of murders that were actually committed. He realizes that the details in the book would only be known by the actual killer. Obviously, we know that Lawson didn't commit the murders, but who did? That's what this movie is about. There are numerous twists and turns in the story and it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. The ending is probably a little too neat, but I still recommend this movie highly to anyone who likes suspense.
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I LOOK AT FILMS FROM SEVERAL POINTS OF VIEW . EXCITING ACTORS, GOOD SCRIPTS, PROVEN DIRECTOR , FILM LOCATION IF PART OF PLOT ,SOUND TRACK AND SO ON. I KNOW THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE ON THIS SITE WHO REALLY ENJOYED THE FILM .I did not. I WAS DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE I EXPECTED MORE FROM FROM THIS LEVEL OF ACTORS AND what should have been an enticing plot.
This is not Cuba Gooding's fault for this unexciting ,unthrilling film. This actor director combo have failed a few times before.The premise is not new. A winning criminal attorney reevaluates his successes in the courtroom and decides he can no longer defend the guilty. This happens in the middle of a case and forces a mistrial much to the dismay of his client.UH OH ! After being forced to leave his practice of law he takes a long vacation to write a book. From this point on The movie dropped off. There was no tension where tension should have been building .
Even an actor of Cuba G. Track record (mostly good) can't add any life to what becomes a very predictable film. Even the twist at the end just doesn't fit. The twist is such an important part of this film and it seemed so forced to make it work. The script seemed to be written scene by scene during the filming( at least the dialogue appeared that way). Oddly , the supporting cast (especially Eric Stoltz once again playing a slime ball)are terrific actors. They too can not add the energy needed to bring this film to life. I ordered this film for two reasons. I liked the cast and the suspense genre (created by a courtroom lawyer who creates his own mystery). The actors seem to be going through the motions of trying to give a good performance but seemed so limited by a not very exciting script.The plot is good but the script fails to keep the plot suspenseful.
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