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DOUBLE JEOPARDY

 
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At Theaters: 9/24/1999 On Video: 2/22/2000
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 45 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 099905
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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Framed for the murder of her husband, Libby Parsons survives the long years in prison with two burning desires sustaining her - finding her son and solving the mystery that destroyed her once-happy life. Standing between her and her quest, however, is her parole officer, Travis Lehman.

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Thriller - Women are the most likely to enjoy this revenge fantasy in which a woman tries to even the score with a deceitful husband. However, the pulpy story could hold just as much appeal to men as well. But anyone, regardless of gender, who is tired of formulaic thriller plotting will not find any relief here. Sex and violence make the film inappropriate for children.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Tommy Lee Jones (Men In Black)
Ashley Judd (Simon Birch)
Bruce Greenwood (The Sweet Hereafter)
Annabeth Gish (Nixon)
Roma Maffia (Disclosure)
Davenia McFadden (My Best Friend's Wedding)
Director: Bruce Beresford (Paradise Road)
Producer: Leonard Goldberg (Sleeping With The Enemy)
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PROFANITY: Occasional use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: One sex scene with nudity.
VIOLENCE: A beating, a fistfight, and bloody shootings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: A number of chase sequences.
COMEDY: None.
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Double Jeopardy boasts a hook that is killer--literally. A woman is framed her husband's murder and is accordingly sentenced to prison. While in the pen, she discovers that her husband is, in fact, alive and kicking. Informed of the "double jeopardy" law--that is, that no person can be tried for the exact same crime twice--she decides to serve her time and, once she's released, really off her not-so-dear hubby. But the explanation of the premise takes up just five minutes in a film that lasts at least 100, and in time it becomes clear that the hook is all there is to Double Jeopardy, with nothing equally as interesting or surprising left to fill in the blanks.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 243 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
8
High
88%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
14
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
26
High
96%
30+Adults (M)
91
High
88%
30+Adults (F)
104
High
99%
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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Libby Parsons has it all - a handsome, wealthy husband whom she loves, a son they both adore, a beautiful home near Seattle, wonderful friends. But her idyllic life suddenly turns into a nightmare when her husband Nick (Bruce Greenwood) disappears overboard during a romantic weekend of sailing and she is accused of his murder.

Convicted and imprisoned, Libby begs her best friend, Angie (Annabeth Gish), to adopt her 5-year-old son. Angie agrees and then vanishes with Matty. With the help of prison friends Margaret (Roma Maffia) and Evelyn (Davenia McFadden), Libby uses the telephone to trace them to San Francisco. There, she discovers to her horror, the two are living with Nick, who staged his own "murder" and has adopted a new identity.

Margaret, a disbarred lawyer imprisoned for murdering her husband, pulls Libby back from despair with some comforting news: When Libby finally gets out, she'll be free to murder Nick - in the middle of Times Square if she wants - because she can't be tried twice for the same crime. That would be double jeopardy, and she's already been convicted of killing Nick.

Six years later, Libby is discharged from prison into a halfway house and the care of Travis Lehman (Tommy Lee Jones), a cynical, burnt-out parole officer haunted by failures in his past. Lehman won't tolerate the slightest breach of the rules, but Libby almost immediately violates parole to track down her son Matty and Nick. Embarrassed by her escape, Lehman becomes as obsessed with finding Libby as she is with finding her son. What begins as a simple, albeit terrifying chase soon turns into an odyssey that changes his life as profoundly as it changes Libby's.

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