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At Theaters: 3/19/1999 On Video: 8/10/1999
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 7 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 039906
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Steve Everett, a down-and-out investigative reporter has been assigned at the last minute to cover the impending San Quentin execution of convicted murderer Frank Beachum. As Everett quickly researches the case, he realizes that the details of the robbery and homicide that are sending Beachum to his death just don't add up.

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Suspense Drama - A thought-provoking and intelligent drama that inexplicably turns into an action movie during the final fifteen minutes.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Clint Eastwood (Absolute Power)
Isaiah Washington (Out of Sight)
Denis Leary (Wag the Dog)
Lisa Gay Hamilton (Jackie Brown)
James Woods (Ghosts of Mississippi)
Producer: Richard D. Zanuck (Deep Impact)
Dir/Prod: Clint Eastwood (Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil)
Producer: Lili Fini Zanuck (Mulholland Falls)
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PROFANITY: Extreme and somewhat frequent.
SEX/NUDITY: A glimpse of female pubic hair during a post-sex scene.
VIOLENCE: A murder is shown.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Much alcohol is consumed. Two characters drive drunk.
ACTION: One car chase and a race against time.
COMEDY: Two very funny scenes.

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True Crime has the potential to be a truly memorable film, and, for more than three-quarters of its running time, it is poised to live up to that potential. But then there are the final twenty minutes, which proffer the almost-painful experience of watching compelling drama devolve into mindless action. True Crime's denouement is perplexing and exasperating, because, aside from generating some artificial tension, it contributes nothing to the story as a whole, and, consequently, serves only to cheapen it. Still, even with its flaws, True Crime has a solid enough dramatic core to be considered a fine motion picture.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 87 Moviegoers

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Your Probability of
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13-19Teens (M/F)
Fairly High
20-29Yg Adults (M)
20-29Yg Adults (F)
About 50/50
30+Adults (M)
Fairly High
30+Adults (F)
Fairly High
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Steve Everett (CLINT EASTWOOD) is an investigative reporter with a lot of problems. An alcoholic, he's only been sober for two months. An unrelenting womanizer, he's on the verge of being thrown out by his wife, Barbara (DIANE VENORA). Thanks to his messy personal life, he was fired from the New York Times. He has since relocated to the West Coast and The Oakland Tribune. If it wasn't for his friend Alan Mann (JAMES WOODS), the Tribune's editor-in-chief, he wouldn't have a job at all.

The move to the West Coast and the last-chance job haven't really influenced Everett's style much, which is infuriating to the Tribune's stiff-necked city editor, Bob Findley (DENIS LEARY). Furthermore, Everett's unorthodox conduct has personal consequences for Findley. In fact, when Findley wants to send Everett on a particular assignment, the editor calls home and asks his own wife, who is in bed with Everett at the time, to please put Everett on the phone.

Findley has made the call because another reporter, covering the impending San Quentin execution of convicted murderer Frank Beachum (ISAIAH WASHINGTON), has been killed in an automobile accident. The final interview with the condemned man has, therefore, been handed to Everett, who reluctantly begins to do a little research on the case, anticipating a routine story.

Despite the reoccurring complications in his own life, from the jalopy he drives to his collapsing marriage, Steve Everett is an excellent reporter. His background check on Frank Beachum, connected to the details of the robbery and homicide that took place in an Oakland convenience store, just doesn't add up. When he meets with Beachum at the prison, Everett receives information that confirms his instincts. He quickly begins a manic search for information which will stay the condemned man's execution.

Everett's late arrival to the situation is an obvious disadvantage. Still, his relentless pursuit of the truth keeps him chasing leads while the clock continues to tick against Beachum, who sits on Death Row with the odds stacked against him and with only one hope of survival.

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