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DOUBLE JEOPARDY

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.

"This new mystery thriller from Bruce Beresford is a ripper. Good escapist therapy. 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's so enjoyable is how we get involved in the characters and that we genuinely care about them. Beresford's assured direction takes us on an exhilarating ride, splendid cinematography and interesting locations not withstanding. 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 a steel-like determination that makes you sit up and take notice. 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 jump on board and go with the flow; the pace is tense and fast, with 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."
Louise Keller

"Bruce Beresford's biggest box-office hit for a long time (this spent 3 weeks at number one in North America) is a slick chase thriller which doesn't stand up to close scrutiny but is enjoyable while it lasts. All the required elements are there, starting with beautiful and gutsy heroine Ashley Judd who suffers such terrible injustice she has audience approval to destroy any amount of property and break any number of laws while tracking down that louse of a spouse who set her up. Add Tommy Lee Jones at his low-key yet high-impact best as the broken man who finds his own redemption in Judd's quest and it's an attractive package which visually hots up once the action moves to New Orleans for the big showdown. Nifty doses of deadpan humour and classy villainy from Bruce Greenwood (yes, he does appear in movies not directed by Atom Egoyan) adds polish and it moves along at a steady clip. Too many logic by-passes prevent it from making the top grade, especially in the coffin-escape scene, but if you don't think about them too much there's plenty to enjoy as Judd gets her man. The Double Jeopardy hook itself may not sit too comfortably with Australian audiences. No matter what injustice she's suffered it's hard to be swept along by the supposedly crowd-pleasing news that Libby can 'shoot him dead in the middle of Times Square' if she likes and not face trial."
Richard Kuipers

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

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TRAILER

DOUBLE JEOPARDY(M)
(US)

CAST: Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd, Bruce Greenwood, Annabeth Gish, Roma Maffia, Davenia McFadden, Jay Brazeau,

DIRECTOR: Bruce Beresford

PRODUCER: Leonard Goldberg,

SCRIPT: David Weisberg, Douglas S. 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

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount Home Entertainment

VIDEO RELEASE: (Sell Through) February 23, 2001







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