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True Crime [1999] [DVD]
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2001
Meet washed up reporter Steve Everett. He`s back on the wagon(just)and sleeping with his boss`s wife while neglecting his own and young daughter. The one thing stopping editor James Woods from firing Everett is his nose for a story - and that nose is telling him that death-sentenced murderer(Washington)is innocent. For a film that covers just 24 hours of a man`s life, the plot unravels at a maddenigly pedestrian pace. Key performances are superb(Leary restrained, Woods always reliable) and there are flashes of Clint`s old intensity, but this is sub-par from the former man with no name. The DVD meanwhile is a revelation, packed with two behined the scenes featurette that shed light on the Eastwood`s film-making process and a music video of the haunting torch song-esque theme `Why Should I Care?` True Crime is an average, beat the clock thriller, but the great extras are a gift at this low price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Clint Eastwood, who co-directed this movie with Richard and Lili Zanuck, stars as ageing investigative reporter Steve Everett who is assigned to write a human-interest story about a condemned man, Frank Louis Beechum (Isaiah Washington), in his last hours on Earth at San Quentin. Of course, human-interest stories are just not what Everett does, so he immediately sets about investigating the condemned man's guilt or innocence, especially as a couple of facts emerge by accident early on in the day that make him suspicious about the verdict. The editor-in-chief Alan Mann (James Woods) has some sympathy with Everett so allows him his head to investigate. A new possible suspect emerges, so it's a race against the clock to save someone who appears to be innocent: but we don't know whether or not the film is an anti-capital punishment story in which an innocent man dies - or is he guilty as a visiting priest coerces a confession from Beechum? It's a tense thriller, very well acted by the principals, and we don't know the outcome till the very end of the movie.
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This sadly didn’t perform well at the box-office, but ‘Absolute Power’ earned over triple the box-office, which I found not to be as engaging or gripping as this thriller. Eastwood dispenses with the political aspect and instead delivers a simple race against time plot for a washed up womanizer and recovering alcoholic to prove his worth as a journalist and save a wrongly convicted man from execution.

There are no good and bad sides in this story (bar the one who pulled the trigger in the murder), and instead Eastwood has a story full of exceptional characters that all work alongside each other, in almost a parallel story. Beechum, his wife Bonnie (Hamilton) and young daughter Gail (Penny Bae Bridges) portray the harrowing few hours before the execution spent as a family amongst the San Quentin prison family, led by the compassionate Warden Plunkitt (Bernard Hill). On the other hand we have Everett leading a one man investigation into what really happened, locking horns wonderfully with Leary and Woods in a great few scenes together, full of wit and black comedy.

This adds to the tension as Beechum and Everett slowly are drawn together as the clock ticks down for both men to be saved from their own demons. With brilliant, raw emotional performances from all involved, the tension doesn’t stop until the final few moments as Eastwood directs a fine moralistic story of humanity, prejudice and faith overcoming the odds.

A brilliant film, with Eastwood doing what he does best, and it’s just a shame this never got the acclaim or recognition it deserved amongst Eastwood’s offerings in the late 90s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2013
Basically,Clint is a reporter who is fighting time to get a black inmate from getting executed,whilst also knockin off his editors wife.an ok,thriller.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2011
I don't know about you but I grow bored with seeing Eastwood in bed with girls young enough to be his great-granddaughters. This movie is another such. However, once Eastwood stops trying to act like a geriatric jock, and gets himself back behind the camera, where he belongs, we get the benefit of his undoubted ability as a Director. This otherwise undistinguished 'save the innocent victim' movie is deftly done, and well worth the price. I do not need to describe the plot, you can guess it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Directed by, produced by, and of course starring Clint Eastwood, True Crime is an above par thriller in which a burnt out reporter attempts to unravel a crime to against the clock, in an attempt to save an innocent man who has been sentenced to death.

There are some amazingly strong performances by all involved in this film, with some incredibly powerful and moving scenes. The supporting cast even out shine Eastwood in his role as reporter turned P. I.

Luckily, amongst the tension, there's also a little light comedy to help ease proceedings and James woods is hilarious in the role of the head of Eastwoods paper. There's a good cameo by a homeless guy who is also pretty funny and comic Dennis Leary has a minor role too.

To sum up, this film wasn't incredible, but everything that went into making it was: the script and the cast were all great and the film was a tense watch that manages to hold your attention well. Not the best Clint flick I've seen, but it's still pretty good.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2014
WHAT A BRILLIANT FILM!(1)ITS A GREAT STORY.(2)THE ACTORS (ALL)ARE SUPERB!(3)THE SCRIPT IS TIGHT FUNNY AND (4)IT LEFT ME ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT!...CLINT AND ISAIAH WASHINGTON MEET ONLY FOR A SHORT TIME..... AND IN THAT ELECTRIC ENCOUNTER (PARDON THE PUN)CLINT ROLLS BACK THE YEARS AS HE COULD BE ABOUT TO SHOOT DOWN HIS FOE.ONLY HE IS FOLLOWING HIS NOSE,FOR HE SMELLS THE TRUTH.WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS FILM IS A TENSE STORY BROKEN UP WITH SUPERB COMIC INTERLUDES.FOR THIS TO WORK JAMES WOODS AND DENIS LEARY WITH MAGICAL INTERPLAY AND TIMING WITH CLINT NOT TO MENTION A TRIP TO THE ZOO SETS THIS FILM APART FROM THE RUN OF THE MILL INVESTIGATION THRILLER.I REALLY THINK THAT OTHER REVIEWS ON THIS FILM ARE VERY WRONG AND YOU SHOULD GIVE IT A GO WITH FRESH EYES .FROM AMAZON UK.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2009
I've always found Eastwood a little hit and miss, mostly because im not that into westerns or dirty harry. But i have to say this is a great film, great story, great characters and definately worth a prchase.
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A convict on death row has days left to live unless a reporter can uncover
Miscarriage of justice and save him . Clint Eastwood as the reporter
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Crusty old Clint! He seems to have taken, as grizzled journalist Steve Everett, a piece of every TV detective cliche, stuck them all in a bag of M & M's and given it a good shake.

So, of course he's a boozy old swine, who neglects his much younger wife and inconceivably conceived young child of a daughter, drives a rusty old convertible that overheats and has repair patches on its roof. Naturally, he's sleeping with his boss' wife and is constant fear (wish?) of getting fired. And, of course, he made one giant wallop of a mistake years ago, when someone went free and they shouldn't have and that hangs over him like his worst hangover.

Meanwhile, a six year old murder case and the accused, a black father and husband is on his last day of his life, before a lethal injection will claim him. So, of course, everything is left until the last second to prove his innocence.

Clint is amiable enough, haphazard in a slightly appealing way but the film is long and there are many distractions and detours to endure along the way. If you're undemanding and don't need to go to bed etc. then you won't complain too much, but don't expect it all to be profound and meaningful police deduction techniques. There's also some rather cloying emotional stuff going on with the death-row prisoner and his daughter that may seem a bit overdone, depending on your point of view.

There are, of course, worse crime thriller/dramas and thankfully, a lot of much better ones, too. The fact that it's Clint goes an awful long way and it might just have been unbearable without him.
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