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
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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