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A spellbinding murder mystery in which a routine case of murder becomes a deadly odyssey for James Woods, a lawyer torn between justice and the law. Robert Downey, Jr. also stars as an idealistic recent law school graduate who journeys to New York to work as a clerk for his idol, Woods, whose inventive tactics in civil rights cases in 1960s and 70s made him one of the country's most respected attorneys.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1, 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.53 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Joseph Ruben
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 45 minutes
- Release date : April 3, 2001
- Actors : James Woods, Robert Downey, Kurtwood Smith, Tom Bower
- Dubbed: : Portuguese, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai
- Producers : Walter Parkes, Lawrence Lasker
- Language : Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Unqualified, Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000056WR2
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,332 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I love this movie and consider it to be a cult classic
In this story, the Woods character is fighting not only for an innocent man's life, a prisoner doing time, but even more important, he's fighting for his own life--his sense of self-respect, honor, and decency, none of which he feels in his earlier law practice while defending and acquitting sleazeballs whom he knows should be in prison instead wrecking society with their crimes.
I watched this movie a second time the night after I watched it the first time and got even more out of it. Buy it and keep it. It's far batter than most of the John Grisham legal thriller movies.
No question about it: James Woods is one of the most underrated actors today. He performed almost equally as well in "Indightment" the McMartin child abuse case.
I've omitted talking about the plot because you can obtain that from many of the below reviewers.
Sometimes life faces you to the fact that you have fougth for something that was good and true but for some reason one day you are acting totally different. This happens in reality.
It is Inevitabe than the sooner or the later you will see the picture of who you are in the present and who you were in the past. Please give attention to the way that the young lawyer appears, the scene with the mother of someone and the relationship between the leader lawyer and this someone. For me the most important is to recover faith and decide what way you want to take in the future. Very touching film because exposes that feeelings are always involved and decides first.
Dodd's conscience-bending guilt submits to Roger's yuppie charm, & the two pursue the mysteries of why a young Korean gang member is serving time for murder & now's offed a member of some supremacist cult in prison. Woods's Dodd is light years beyond over the top with this, but an excellent supporting cast (Downey, Jr., ["...so we can get off guilty little pricks!"], Margaret Colin, Miguel Hernandez, & "70s Show"'s Kurtwood Smith as a D.A. with a closet full of diced-up skeletons) & brisk dialog make him seem right @home there. To the paranoid, conspiracy-soaked veteran & witness to the original crime: "Cecil, are you what heroes are made of?" Cecil: "I did two tours in 'Nam."
If you can get past the new twist on the climactic courtroom scene & the veritable litany of continuity issues here, "True Believer" is one of the most watchable flicks I've seen---meaning, I can sit thru the whole thing without once hitting the pause button or pondering my full bladder.
The great scene in Eddie's kitchenette (with the de rigueur Chinese food) is especially instructive. When Downey, Jr.'s, Roger spouts armchair activist rhetoric ("We all think it's a good fight."), Woods's Dodd lets loose with a tirade against bleeding-heart do-goodism that would make Bill O'Reilly cringe.
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For reasons that are never made totally clear - something to do with the arrival from the DA's office of newly-qualified lawyer Robert Downey Jr, who is attached to him as a sort of apprentice - he elects to dig up an old case and try to overturn the watertight conviction of a Korean youth, convicted of murdering a drug dealer in plain view of about six thousand witnesses. The pair of them burrow and ferret away, re-interviewing old witnesses and case officers and gumshoeing around until...
I won't give any more of the plot away here. It doesn't sound any different, the way I've described it, to dozens of other legal procedurals, and in most ways it isn't. But what sets it apart is Woods' performance. The man has screen-presence in bucketloads and by half-way through has you sitting on the edge of your seat, willing him to succeed. At the end I felt I'd seen a top-notch thriller, and really that's all that matters where films like this are concerned. Next to him, Downey (who everyone seems to swoon over as the greatest screen actor since Hurd Hatfield) is as a feather on the breath of God. But then, when Woods is on form, so is everyone else (except Brian Dennehy - see "Best Seller").
Stay in and watch it.