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At Theaters: 4/5/2002 On Video: 8/27/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 5 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409903
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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Claire, a high-powered attorney, and her husband Tom, a successful contractor with his own business, lead the idyllic Marin County life. They're madly in love and planning to have a family. But a random crime - a bungled burglary - at their home triggers a chain of events that shatters their world.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Drama - A conspiracy thriller with very little action and several courtroom scenes. It's obviously not for action fans. It's more for those who enjoy a story where you find yourself trying to figure things out as the characters are trying to figure things out.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ashley Judd SOMEONE LIKE YOU, WHERE THE HEART IS
Morgan Freeman THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, ALONG CAME A SPIDER
Jim Caviezel THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, ANGEL EYES, FREQUENCY
Amanda Peet IGBY GOES DOWN, CHANGING LANES, SAVING SILVERMAN
Adam Scott RONNIE, STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT
Director: Carl Franklin ONE TRUE THING
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Production Information
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: No F-words, 5 GD's, 15 S-words. Not many others.
SEX/NUDITY: One quick scene of suggested sexual activity. No nudity.
VIOLENCE: Some people are shot in cold blood and it's shown several times.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: One car wreck scene.
COMEDY: Only a few smiles and chuckles.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Average "The entire movie hinges on whether Claire's husband did what he's accused of, yet how can we feel anything but detached from the outcome when High Crime is so busy treating it as one more story beat that it never quite lets us hear the melody?''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "High Crimes works to keep us involved and make us care.  ...if we feel, toward the end, a little whiplashed by the plot manipulations, well, that's what the movie promises and that's what the movie delivers.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "
It's no crime the movie has one or two endings too many, given that many thrillers of the past quarter-century have had the same. But Judd's latest is too harmless to be anything but a misdemeanor, though too many bad pictures (even bad hits) can put a career in jeopardy, double and more.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "...this preposterous spectacle is given a certain undeserved credibility by Freeman's consummate professionalism and portions of Judd's uneven performance... But their best efforts are undermined by contrived suspense sequences and a formulaic thriller ending that's so predictable and ridiculous that it's hard to watch with a straight face.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 195 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
9
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
21
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
20
High
90%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
25
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
49
High
96%
30+Adults (F)
71
Very High
99%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 195 moviegoer opinions. As I predicted, the adult opinions are concentrated in the "Very Good" to "Excellent" range. Only a few people rated it low, which isn't uncommon in about any movie. What I look at is what the majority thought and the majority are saying, GO SEE "HIGH CRIMES"!

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
This is an entertaining conspiracy thriller with plot twists that will keep you guessing.There's not really any action and there's a fair amount of courtroom time, so it will mainly appeal to adults. I predict the adult opinions will be primarily in the "Very Good" to "Excellent" range. And if anything, I believe I'm being conservative. It's not a great movie, but it's certainly entertaining and one that I have no problem recommending.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
You live the life you had always pictured: a thriving career, a beautiful house, and most importantly, a wonderful husband. Someone you love and know better than anyone else.

But suppose everything you know - everything you trust - about him and your life together may be a lie. For Claire Kubik, that nightmare scenario has become all too real.

Claire, a high-powered attorney, and her husband Tom, a successful contractor with his own business, lead the idyllic Marin County life. They're madly in love and planning to have a family. But a random crime - a bungled burglary - at their home triggers a chain of events that shatters their world.

Soon after the burglary, FBI agents accost them and, to Claire's chock, arrest Tom. The charge: Under his real name, Ronald Chapman, Tom, as a covert military operative, murdered civilians in El Salvador, and has been a fugitive for the past fifteen years.

Claire at first believes these charges must be a case of mistaken identity. But Tom admits he is Ronald Chapman and he was part of a clandestine operation that did result in a massacre for which Tom was blamed. But he assures Claire of his innocence and that the real perpetrators made Tom their fall guy because he alone could identify them as the men who gave and executed the order.

Claire prepares to defend her husband in a top-secret military court, where none of the rules she knows so well apply. When a "greenhorn" military attorney, Lt. Embry, is assigned to their case, Claire realizes she needs help from someone who knows these rules - and is willing to break them. She enlists the aid of a "wild care": Charlie Grimes, a former military attorney who relishes the opportunity to take on the very hierarchy that disgraced him years earlier.

Squaring off against the formidable military fraternity both in and out of the courtroom, Claire and Grimes gradually begin to uncover what could be a scandalous cover-up perpetrated by one of the most highly decorated and politically connected officers in the Army. Claire must now risk her career and even her life in her quest for the truth.

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