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Reversible Error

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THIS WAS A 4 HOUR MINI-SERIES BASED ON SCOTT TUROW'S BEST-SELLING NOVEL. THE SUSPENSE REVOLVES AROUND A CORPORATE LAWYER, WHOSE WORLD IS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN WHEN HE IS ASSIGNED TO DRAFT THE FINAL APPEAL OF A POTENTIALLY INNOCENT INMATE NEARING HIS EXECUTION DATE.

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Based on the bestselling novel by Scott Turow (Presumed Innocent), Reversible Errors presents a first-rate cast in a penetrating look at the death penalty. The made-for-TV movie begins in 1991 when small-time thief Rommy "Squirrel" Gandolph (Glen Plummer) is convicted of triple homicide and sentenced to death. Larry Starczek (Tom Selleck), the detective on the case, also happens to be involved with prosecuting attorney Muriel Wynn (Monica Potter). Seven years later, he's still single, she's married, and her old colleague, attorney Arthur Raven (William H. Macy), is assigned to Gandolph's final appeal. Former judge Gillian Sullivan (Felicity Huffman), who presided over Gandolph's trial (and has since done time for bribery) becomes his unlikely ally. The Emmy-winning Selleck (Magnum P.I.) is in typically fine form, but real-life couple Macy and Huffman steal the show by virtue of the greater complexity of--and chemistry between--their flawed, but noble characters. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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  • Actors: William H. Macy, Tom Selleck, Monica Potter, Felicity Huffman, James Rebhorn
  • Directors: Mike Robe
  • Writers: Alan Sharp, Scott Turow
  • Producers: Mike Robe, Frank von Zerneck, Peter Sadowski, Randy Sutter, Robert M. Sertner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002S94C0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,704 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Reversible Error" on IMDb

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I enjoyed this film. It's probably Tom Selleck's best role and Shamar Moore did his character justice as well. Once I saw the ending I replayed the entire DVD to go back and catch things the second time. Knowing what motivated the prinicpal characters made it even more enjoyable the second time through. This was a great film and it shows that a thriller can be great without the sex and extreme violence.
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This is a complex, riveting movie. All players turn in top-notch, believeable performances. One quibble: I would have liked it to have had a stronger sense of place; the anonymity of the locale was off-putting, but not enough to gig it a star. Still, it made for an entertaining evening.
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This well done adaptation of Scott Turow's novel is a made for tv miniseries, and features an outstanding cast in a complex, but riveting story. William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman (Mrs. Macy) get the acting honors, as their characters are more fleshed out and flawed, and their performances are wonderfully controlled and executed. Not to take anything away from the other actors: Tom Selleck as the cop whose devotion to his ex-lover makes him break the law; Monica Potter as the up and coming attorney who looks like she's going to be the city's next prosecuting attorney; James Rebhorn as the security cop whose dying secret gives the plot a strange twist; Glenn Plummer as the halfwitted Squirrel who confesses to a triple murder; Shemar Moore as the loudmouthed con who finds Jesus and has his own little secrets. Since this is a tv miniseries, the pacing does slow down some times and handicaps the movie's suspense, but overall it's an entertaining, well done film buoyed by the star turns of the Macys.
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but definitely not a family movie. The Language isn't too bad but there are a few other things that make a non-family friendly too. The story line is intriguing enough to keep you interested. The acting is great.
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Scott Turow is one of my favorite authors. I've read several of his books, but mostly some while ago. I recently reviewed his non-fiction book about the death penalty, "Ultimate Punishment."

The only really recognizable face in this movie is Tom Sellack, who plays detective Larry Starczek. One that kept haunting me is a fairly minor character named Collins Farwell is played by Shemar Moore. I knew I'd seen him somewhere before, and pretty sure he played a cop, but it was not until I looked this movie up on IMDB that I realized he was Detective Derek Morgan in the TV series, "Criminal Minds."

What we know at the outset of this film is that three people were murdered in a diner, a woman and two men. A rather flimsy trail of evidence leads Starczek to a fence named Squirrel Gandalf (Glenn Plummer), and when Starczek confronts him, he admits he doesn't know whether he did it or not. He was just that stoned. Starczek convinces him that he did, and he confesses.

Remember, this is just the beginning, not the end. He is sentenced to death, but when the appeals procedure gets down to the wire after seven years, the court appoints a successful corporate attorney named Arthur Raven (William H. Macy) to represent him. As Mr. Raven digs into the facts of the case, it becomes clear that there were a lot of problems with Squirrel's conviction.

There are a couple of love stories complicating the issue here, one that was supposedly over long ago, and one that took both of the participants by surprise. I will say no more, except that the love stories are so well woven into the criminal investigation and court case that they are indeed relevant to the story, and indeed relevant to the outcome of the appeal.

And I'm not going to tell you that, either.
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The first hour or so of this near-three hour TV movie is really slow, but luckily--thanks to a combination of interesting plot twists as well as the intriguing character and great acting of William Macy--the movie really picks up steam after that first slow section.

The plot centers on a triple murder; the central question is who actually committed this crime. One guy is behind bars and sentenced to lethal injection for it. Another guy is in prison for another crime but is very closely connected to the crime. A third guy is out of the slammer but also closely connected to the crime. On the law side, we have Macy as a lawyer, his real-life wife Felicity Huffman as a judge with whom he gets romantically involved, Tom Selleck as a cop on the case, and Monica Potter as the prosecuting attorney who's married but also involved with Selleck.

Yes, it's pretty soapy, but Macy's great acting, as well as solid support from Huffman, Selleck, Potter, and the bad guys (James Rebhorn and Glenn Plummer, especially) make this more than watchable. If you can get past the first very slow hour or 75 minutes, then settle in for an enjoyable remainder of the movie.
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First, others might make this mistake, as I did: this was apparently a mini-series or made for TV movie. I did not know that and thought it was a theatrical release movie. That matters because the movie is long and has very brief breaks where TV breaks apparently would have appeared in its original use. In addition, because it is a TV movie/mini-series, it is not rated. I did not notice that either before purchasing. If it were to be shown in a theatre, it might be rated "R" because there are some scenes of violence and sexual activity, as well as drug references, corruption of judicial/law enforcement officials and so on. I thought the relationship between William Macy's character and Felicity Huffman's character was interesting and complex and the performances of those two actors was excellent. I also thought the actors playing Romeo "Squirrel" Gandalf, played by Mr. Plummer, and Farell Collins (please forgive any misspelling of characters' or actors' names), played by Mr. Moore were excellent. I didn't care for the casting of the character "Muriel Wynn" at all. So many close-ups of her face looking like Bambi in the headlights or of her dressed in very low-cut or short-skirted clothing did not ring true for a D.A., even a novice one, and especially one engaged in a highly sexual affair didn't square with the "pure and innocent" face. I kept seeing a Marilyn Monroe kind of figure playing a tough D.A. and it didn't work. I did not like the relationship she had with her husband, nor his very controlling, unloving demeanor with her and wondered what anyone would wonder: why would she ever be with that guy when Tom Selleck was waiting for her?! Tom Selleck is always Tom Selleck in whatever role he plays, and that is actually fine with me.Read more ›
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