High Crimes

High Crimes

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Director: Carl Franklin

Cast: Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, James Caviezel

     
 

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Defense attorney Claire Kubik (Ashley Judd) seems to have the perfect life. She has a high profile job at a big firm, a beautiful home outside San Francisco, and a husband, Tom (James Caviezel of The Thin Red Line), who loves her. Claire's biggest problem appears to be that she wants to have a baby, and she's having trouble getting pregnant. But when the policeSee more details below

Overview

Defense attorney Claire Kubik (Ashley Judd) seems to have the perfect life. She has a high profile job at a big firm, a beautiful home outside San Francisco, and a husband, Tom (James Caviezel of The Thin Red Line), who loves her. Claire's biggest problem appears to be that she wants to have a baby, and she's having trouble getting pregnant. But when the police investigate a routine break-in at her home, they uncover the truth about her husband's identity, and her life is thrown into turmoil. Claire finds out that her husband's name is actually Ron Chapman, and that he's an ex-marine accused of murdering seven innocent civilians in El Salvador during a raid in the late '80s. He admits that he was there, and that he changed his identity to escape prosecution for the crimes, but he insists that he's innocent, and that the massacre was committed by another soldier under the orders of a powerful general (Bruce Davison), who is using Ron as a patsy to cover it up. Claire is eventually convinced that Ron's telling the truth. Faced with defending her husband in an unfamiliar military courtroom, Claire enlists the aid of Charles Grimes (Morgan Freeman), an ex-Army judge advocate with an axe to grind. Stonewalled by the military bureaucracy at every turn, they uncover a web of deception and disappearing witnesses, and they soon find their own lives in danger. High Crimes was adapted from Joseph Finder's novel by the husband and wife screenwriting team of Yuri Zeltser and Cary Bickley. The film was directed by Carl Franklin (One False Move), and co-stars Amanda Peet and Adam Scott.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, who teamed so felicitously in 1997’s Kiss the Girls, reunite for this extremely slick, well-mounted thriller. Judd has always been convincing as the vulnerable but strong-willed woman who overcomes seemingly insurmountable obstacles, so she’s perfectly cast here as a successful corporate attorney shocked by the arrest of her loving husband (James Caviezel) on mass-murder charges. He’s to be tried by a military court for allegedly perpetrating a massacre of civilians in El Salvador while serving in the Marine Corps years ago. Freeman, equally adept in the role of the unorthodox outsider, plays the underachieving, alcoholic lawyer and self-described "wild card" whose investigations uncover evidence of a military conspiracy. Director Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress), working from a complex if somewhat predictable script, keeps his actors on track and hits every dramatic beat with metronomic precision. Although numerous plot twists are sprinkled throughout the story to keep viewers on their toes, High Crimes is not what we’d call a dazzlingly original film. It’s more like the cinematic equivalent of comfort food -- something easily digested and all the more eagerly anticipated because we know exactly how it tastes. Which is a fancy way of saying this familiar but well-turned-out melodrama is guaranteed to please. DVD extras include two commentaries -- one by Franklin, another by Judd and Freeman -- along with deleted scenes, seven short featurettes covering various aspects of the film’s production, a storyboard-to-screen comparison, and original theatrical trailer.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

High Crimes works to keep us involved and make us care.
Newsday
Ludicrous, but director Carl Franklin adds enough flourishes and freak-outs to make it entertaining. John Anderson

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2009
UPC:
0024543602996
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
35,348

Special Features

Full-length audio commentary by director Carl Franklin; 6 Featurettes including Liar Liar (How to Beat a Polygraphy) and a Different Kind of Justice (Military Vs. Civilian Law); Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ashley Judd Claire Kubik
Morgan Freeman Charles Grimes
James Caviezel Ron Chapman alias Tom Kubik
Amanda Peet Jackie Heller
Tom Bower Mullins
Adam Scott Embry
Bruce Davison Brig. General Marks
Juan Carlos Hernandez Major Hernandez
Michael Gaston Major Waldron
Jude Ciccolella Colonel Farrell
Emilio Rivera Salvadoran Man
Michael Shannon Abbott
John Billingsley Oshman

Technical Credits
Carl Franklin Director
Jesse B'Franklin Producer
Cary Bickley Screenwriter
Sharen Davis Costumes/Costume Designer
Naomi Despres Co-producer
Mali Finn Casting
Lisa Henson Executive Producer
Dennis E. Jones Associate Producer
Gary Kosko Art Director
Carole Kravetz-Aykanian Editor
Josh Lusby Set Decoration/Design
Arnon Milchan Producer
Steve Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Michele Panelli-Venetis Asst. Director
Kathryn Peters Set Decoration/Design
Paul Peters Production Designer
Kevin Reidy Executive Producer
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Mario Roberts Stunts
Theo Van de Sande Cinematographer
Dean Wolcott Set Decoration/Design
Janet Yang Producer
Yuri Zeltser Screenwriter

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