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DOUBLE JEOPARDY (1999): DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Convicted of the murder of her husband Nick, Libby Parsons (Ashley Judd) serves six years in prison before being granted parole and placed in a half way house under the strict supervision of ex-law professor Travis Lehman (Tommy Lee Jones). Certain that Nick (Bruce Greenwood) is still alive and armed with the knowledge she cannot be convicted of the same crime twice, Libby sets out to solve the mystery and find her son Matty, with Lehman in pusuit.

Review by Louise Keller:
Bruce Beresford's mystery thriller is a ripper. Originally released on DVD a few years ago, Double Jeopardy is now being re-released with new pricing to coincide with Mother's Day. Wronged woman, louse of a husband plus parole officer with chip on shoulder. Better if you know little or nothing about Double Jeopardy, but if someone's spilt the beans on the plot, it doesn't matter much. It's how, rather than what.

Filled with good dramatic tension, what I like best about the film is that we get involved in the characters and we genuinely care about them. Beresford direction is assured, the cinematography splendid and locations interesting. Ashley Judd makes a terrific gutsy heroine, whose love for her son becomes a hell-bent obsession. The camera loves her and Judd combines a vulnerable femininity with steel-like determination. She is the kind of actress who has enough stretch for us to believe she is capable of absolutely anything. Not since Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2, has an actress looked so good in a singlet.

Coupled with class act Tommy Lee Jones, they make a formidable team. Jones defines his cynical, burnt out parole officer with subtlety and conviction and we get under his skin and empathise. Don't peer too closely at the plot details - you'll enjoy Double Jeopardy far more if you don't. Just go with the flow; the pace is tense and fast, and there are twists and surprises around every corner. There are some scenes when you will smack your lips in anticipation. Those who liked the Pretty Woman shopping scene will enjoy the catty sting here, although gals will no doubt sigh at Judd's impossibly tiny dress size! An exhilarating melange of murder, revenge, redemption and determination, Double Jeopardy is an electrifying thriller and rates as good entertainment.

Published April 3, 2008

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DOUBLE JEOPARDY (1999): DVD (M15+)
(US, 1999)

CAST: Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd, Benjamin Weir, Jay Brazeau Bruce Greenwood

PRODUCER: Leonard Goldberg

DIRECTOR: Bruce Beresford

SCRIPT: David Weisberg, Douglas Cook

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Peter James

EDITOR: Mark Warner

MUSIC: Normand Corbeil

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Howard Cummings

RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 6, 2000

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: None

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount

DVD RELEASE: February 13, 2008







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