- Actors: James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., Margaret Colin, Yuji Okumoto, Kurtwood Smith
- Directors: Joseph Ruben
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, German, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Hindi, Turkish, Danish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Swedish, Finnish, Icelandic, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian
- Dubbed: French, German, Spanish
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 14 May 2001
- Run Time: 104 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005956O
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,650 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
True Believer [DVD] 
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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.
True Believer is an effective mystery by thrillmeister director Joseph Ruben (Sleeping with the Enemy), that allows star James Woods to do some real acting as he conveys his character's denial and sense of disappointment in himself. Eddie Dodd (Woods) is a former '60s radical lawyer who now spends his time cynically defending drug dealers for the big bucks. But an idealistic young protégé (Robert Downey Jr.) convinces him to take one case from the heart: a young Chinese immigrant unjustly accused in a gang slaying. Woods (complete with add-on ponytail) fairly hums with energy once he gets cooking here. Playing the been-there-done-that mentor--not to mention legal gadfly--gives him plenty of opportunity to run off at the mouth with spicy one-liners and zingers. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.comSee all Product description
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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.
I like him cause of that
in a dramatic movie
he is funny
and add good humor
It is a must see movie, if you like James Woods