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About The Production

Shot on location in Oakland, California, and the surrounding East Bay of San Francisco, "True Crime" is Clint Eastwood's twenty-first film as a director. Returning to the area where he grew up and attended high school, Eastwood came to the project with Oakland in mind from the outset.

"The book was written with St. Louis as the city where the story takes place," Eastwood explains, "but I liked the visual possibilities better with Oakland. I know the area pretty well and I'm comfortable here, having grown up in the city and done a couple of films across the bay."

Eastwood's classic "Dirty Harry" Callahan was a San Francisco homicide detective and was featured in five memorable films, all of which were made in San Francisco.

"True Crime" includes scenes shot at San Quentin prison, as well as locations in downtown Oakland, San Leandro, and the countryside surrounding Petaluma. The soundstage work took place at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, on sets which were specially constructed to duplicate the cells on San Quentin's Death Row and the prison's gas chamber.

Academy Award-winning production designer Henry Bumstead ("To Kill A Mockingbird," "The Sting") was enlisted to recreate the prison sets, having recently worked for Eastwood on "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil," "Absolute Power" and "Unforgiven."

The rest of the Malpaso production team also returned, with Jack Green serving as director of photography, Joel Cox supervising the editing of the film, and Lennie Niehaus composing the musical score.

Warner Bros. Presents A Zanuck Company/Malpaso Production: Clint Eastwood in "True Crime." The music is by Lennie Niehaus; the film is edited by Joel Cox; the production is designed by Henry Bumstead; and the director of photography is Jack N. Green, A.S.C. The executive producer is Tom Rooker. "True Crime" has a screenplay by Larry Gross and Paul Brickman and Stephen Schiff, based on the novel by Andrew Klavan. The film is produced by Richard D. Zanuck & Lili Fini Zanuck; it is produced and directed by Clint Eastwood and distributed by Warner Bros., A Time Warner Entertainment Company.


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