True Crime

March 19, 1999 0 By Fans
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Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate's innocence just hours before his execution?

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.4/10 (15,494 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Clint Eastwood

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Gay Hamilton

Steve Everett, Oakland Tribune journalist with a passion for women and alcohol, is given the coverage of the upcoming execution of murderer Frank Beachum. His attractive colleague Michelle died in a car accident the night before. Bob Findley, Steve's boss and husband to Steve's current affair, wants him dead and gone as soon as possible. When Steve stumbles across the possibility of Frank Beachum being innocently on death row, Bob feels his time to have come. Now Steve only has a few hours left to prove the innocence of Frank and to be right with this theory, as he definitely will be history if he's not.

Writers: Andrew Klavan, Larry Gross


Clint Eastwood

Steve Everett

Isaiah Washington

Frank Louis Beechum

Lisa Gay Hamilton

Bonnie Beechum

James Woods

Alan Mann

Denis Leary

Bob Findley

Bernard Hill

Warden Luther Plunkitt

Diane Venora

Barbara Everett

Michael McKean

Reverend Shillerman

Michael Jeter

Dale Porterhouse

Mary McCormack

Michelle Ziegler

Hattie Winston

Angela Russel

Penny Bae Bridges

Gail Beechum

Francesca Fisher-Eastwood

Kate Everett

John Finn


Laila Robins

Patricia Findley


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Release Date: 19 March 1999

Filming Locations: Cotati, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $5,276,109
(21 March 1999)
(1852 Screens)

Gross: $16,635,339
(23 May 1999)

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Did You Know?


Denis Leary stated that he had never watched this movie, believing that his head would explode if he saw himself acting in a scene next to Clint Eastwood.


When picking the lock to Michell's door, it is a full steel door in a street, but when he enters he comes in through a glass door from a backyard.


Steve Everett:
Mister Beachum… Frankly I don't give a rat's ass about Jesus Christ and I don't care about justice in this world, or the next.

User Review

Fairly Engaging

Rating: 7/10

True Crime is a fairly engaging movie that has some good performances.
Eastwood as the director stages the action well and moves the plot
forward. Only in the scenes where he takes his daughter to the zoo does
the film tend to lose a little momentum. Then again, a scene like that
helps illustrate the character that Eastwood is playing. He'll follow a
story, but he'll try to make time for his daughter. Eastwood the actor,
he seems to enjoy the roles of the tough but flawed theme. His
character in True Crime is a womanizer, and a former drunk. Good
characters always have flaws and Eastwood can play them with his eyes
closed. The supporting cast is well rounded and helps advance the
narrative. The only qualm I had was that Eastwood the director,
should've tightened the running time and made the story that much more
urgent. We've all seen the beat the clock films and this one's no
exception. What could've made this movie better is a brisker pace, but
Eastwood the director chose a more laid back style. After thirty years
in the business, Eastwood can do whatever he wants with his films. He's
earned it.