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TRUE CRIME

SYNOPSIS:
Steve Everett (Clint Eastwood) is a journalist, fired from the New York Times now working – only just - at The Oakland Tribune. His problem isn’t his excellent writing skills; it’s that his womanising skills are equally good, and usually engulf his bosses’ wives. He’s drinking less these days, but his ungovernable behaviour is endangering his marriage as well as his job. When a young female reporter Everett’s trying to seduce is killed in a car accident, Everett is sent to cover her assignment; interview convicted killer Frank Beachum (Isaiah Washington) in jail at 4pm and watch his execution at midnight. Everett’s nose for a story leads him into a chase against time as he starts to question the conviction, while trying to manage his young daughter’s zoo expedition. A man’s life at stake, while his own is crumbling….

"The Eastwood style of directing fills out this classic suspense thriller with lots of breathing space – which accounts for the two hour length – but manages to keep the tension going with a combination of a relationship drama and death defying chase against time. Everett is the kinda likeable anti-hero whose life is crumbling by the minute, all from self inflicted damage, with a single redeeming quality: his journalistic prowess in the service of justice. Although at first he is more interested in the story, once he meets Beachum his sense of justice kicks in, too. Based as it is on a novel, the film is rather more expansive and detailed than a typical suspense thriller, taking great care to build the story elements, with considerable emphasis on establishing Beachum’s character. This works to get the audience more involved with Beachum as a real person, rather than simply a device for the hero to try and rescue. Eastwood also works hard to realise the complexity of Everett’s marriage breakdown, and these elements, in combination with the basic suspense story, make the film satisfying. Performances are uniformly excellent, and Eastwood himself makes sure Everett is not a replica of one of his stoic western loners. True Crime is true entertainment."
Andrew L. Urban

"Intelligent, thought-provoking and gripping entertainment, the consummate skill of Clint Eastwood is clearly at work. Complex, satisfying characters are firmly and expertly established from the very beginning – we identify with them, we care for them. Eastwood the director, excels in setting the scene and giving just enough, but not too much information. Eastwood the actor, slips into the shoes of our flawed anti-hero easily and unselfconsciously; the tight close ups are as brutally honest as his flaws. And how many men nearing 70 can you think of, who is able to successfully convince you of his womanising appeal, clad only in a towel. It's credit to this extraordinary icon of cinema, that throughout his career, the persona he has created leaves us with an underlying intelligence, and strength of character. Isaiah Washington and Lisa Gay Hamilton evoke much emotional tension, while James Woods is a total scene stealer, as the tough editor in chief. It's an absorbing yarn, with elements of intrigue, red-herrings, surprises and genuine nail-biting tension – all maximised by Lennie Niehaus' jazz-influenced effective score. The textures and flavours are engrossing and involving – here is adult entertainment for the discerning cinema lover."
Louise Keller

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

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TRUE CRIME (MA)
(US)

CAST: Clint Eastwood, Isaiah Washington, Denis Leary, Lisa Gay Hamilton, James Woods

DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood

PRODUCER: Clint Eastwood, Lili Fini Zanuck and Richard D.Zanuck

SCRIPT: Larry Gross

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jack N.Green

EDITOR: Joel Cox

MUSIC: Lennie Niehaus

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Henry Bumstead

RUNNING TIME: 127 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 13, 1999

VIDEO RELEASE: November 2, 1999

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Bros

RRP: $24.95
$34.95 (DVD)







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