High Crimes

April 5th, 2002


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(l-r)  Military attorney Embry (ADAM SCOTT), lawyer Claire Kubik (ASHLEY JUDD), her defendant husband Tom (JIM CAVIEZEL) and MORGAN FREEMAN (left) and director CARL FRANKLIN discuss a scene on the set of HIGH CRIMES.Amanda Peet at event of High CrimesStill of Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Adam Scott in High CrimesClaire (ASHLEY JUDD) has an emotional conversation with her newly imprisoned husband Tom (JAMES CAVIEZEL).Attorney Claire Kubik (ASHLEY JUDD) reacts to her husband Tom's (JAMES CAVIEZEL) imprisonment for an alleged heinous crime.

High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who she thought was Tom Kubik...

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 6.1/10 (17,667 voted)

Critic's Score: 48/100

Director: Carl Franklin

Stars: Jim Caviezel, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd

High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who she thought was Tom Kubik, is arrested and is revealed to be Ron Chapman. Chapman is on trial for a murder of Latin American villagers while he was in the Marines. Claire soon learns that to navigate the military justice system, she'll need help from the somewhat unconventional Charlie Grimes; meanwhile, Claire's sister, Jackie, is falling in love with wet-behind-the-ears Lieutenant Embry assigned as the official defense lawyer. And most of the eyewitnesses have rather too conveniently died.

Writers: Joseph Finder, Yuri Zeltser

Ashley Judd - Claire Kubik
Morgan Freeman - Charles W. Grimes
Jim Caviezel - Tom Kubik / Sgt. Ron Chapman
Adam Scott - Lt. Terrence Embry
Amanda Peet - Jackie
Bruce Davison - Brig. Gen. Bill Marks
Tom Bower - FBI Agent Mullins
Juan Carlos Hernández - Maj. James Hernandez
Michael Gaston - Maj. Lucas Waldron
Jude Ciccolella - Col. Farrell
Emilio Rivera - Salvadoran Man
Michael Shannon - Troy Abbott
John Billingsley - Lie Detector Coach
Dendrie Taylor - Lola
Paula Jai Parker - Gracie

Taglines: Everything you trust. Everything you know. May be a lie...


Official Website: 20th Century Fox [United States] |

Release Date: 5 April 2002

Filming Locations: Alameda, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $42,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $14,005,550 (USA) (7 April 2002) (2717 Screens)

Gross: $41,543,207 (USA) (18 August 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In early versions of the script, Ashley Judd's character was to be a Harvard law professor.

Factual errors: Crimes committed by Marine and Navy personnel are investigated by NCIS, or its predecessor the NIS, and not the CID which handle cases relating to the Army.

Claire Kubik: Agent Mullins! I just need a minute of your time!
FBI Agent Mullins: Somehow I'm confident it's not my rugged good looks to which I owe the honor of this visit.

User Review

Did He Do It, Or Didn't He?

Rating: 8/10

This was an involving story of a military man accused of murdering civilians 15 years earlier and then going A.W.O.L. The whole story revolves around one question: did he do it or is he innocent?

That question keeps the viewer guessing for much of the film and provides some very good suspense. It's another film, however, in which there is a strong anti-U.S. military flavor, so typical in films since the 1960s.

Also, once you know the ending, I doubt if this would be a movie you would watch more than once. However, it's definitely worth a look and will entertain you for about two hours. Ashley Judd, Jim Caviezel and Morgan Freeman are three attractive lead actors, all interesting to watch, as usual.