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High Crimes

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 2002
  • Carl Franklin
  • 110 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Courtroom thriller based on the novel by Joseph Finder, starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. Successful lawyer Claire Kubik sees her life dramatically altered when her husband Tom is charged with committing a military crime in El Salvador - an accusation that leads Claire into grave danger when she starts asking questions in Tom's defence.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

A mish-mash of characters and situations from several superior courtroom dramas, Carl Franklin's military-themed legal thriller squanders its quality cast on the most formulaic of scripts. Ashley Judd plays a successful attorney whose life is thrown into chaos when her husband (Jim Caviezel) is exposed as a former soldier accused of the murder of eight civilians during the civil war in El Salvador. Morgan Freeman is thoroughly wasted as the alcoholic lawyer who educates Judd in the peculiarities of military law. The stars manage to re-create the easy chemistry of their first pairing, in Kiss the Girls, but Franklin, once responsible for the taut film noir One False Move, never gets a firm grip on a script that trundles along without ever reaching the dramatic peaks one would expect. Worst of all, the key ingredients of any courtroom drama - unexpected revelations and reversals - are very obviously signposted so the outcome is utterly lacking in suspense.

Credits

Cast

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Claire KubikAshley Judd
Charlie GrimesMorgan Freeman
Tom KubikJim Caviezel
JackieAmanda Peet
MullinsTom Bower
Lieutenant EmbryAdam Scott
Brigadier General MarksBruce Davison
Major HernandezJuan Carlos Hernandez
Major WaldronMichael Gaston
Colonel FarrellJude Ciccolella

Crew

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DirectorCarl Franklin

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2002-10-25
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Contains violence and some swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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