True CrimeMarch 19, 1999
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
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
Frank Louis Beechum
Lisa Gay Hamilton
Warden Luther Plunkitt
Penny Bae Bridges
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Release Date: 19 March 1999
Filming Locations: Cotati, California, USA
Opening Weekend: $5,276,109
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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.
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.
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