High Crimes

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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 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 ...
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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

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: 8/27/2002
  • UPC: 024543051473
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,485

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ashley Judd Claire Kubic, Claire Kubik
Morgan Freeman Charles Grimes
James Caviezel Ron Chapman alias Tom Kubic, 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
Paul Peters Production Designer
Kathryn Peters Set Decoration/Design
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Involving Military Courtroom Drama

    In their 2nd silver screen appearance together since ''Kiss The Girls'', Morgan Freeman & Ashley Judd find good chemistry once again. In this involving military courtroom drama, Ashley Judd portrays the happily married, and successful attorney, Claire Kubik. Tom Kubik (James Caviezel - ''The Thin Red Line'', ''Frequency'' & ''The Count Of Monte Cristo''), Clair's better(?) half and she are working at conceiving a child together, and their life together is warm with a bright future. Until one night, as they are sleeping, two young hooligans break into their house and Tom scares them away. The police, while doing a routine inspection, discover something that would change all of that forever. Without explanation, Tom & Claire are arrested by the FBI, and Tom is hauled away to a Military Compound pending a court trial. Claire finds out that Tom has been lying to her about his identity for years, and that his real name is Ron Chapman, an ex-marine. He is being charged for the murder of 9 innocent individuals that occured in El Salvador during a military assignment in 1988. Tom, or should I say Ron, insists on his innocence, and claims that he was framed by his commanding officer, now a decorated General. He says he changed his identity, because he did not want to be convicted of something he did not do. He evens passes a polygraph test to convince her of his innocence. Claire decides, that as an attorney, she will take on the case herself aided by a savy ex-military lawyer, Charles Grimes (Morgan Freeman) and current acting military liason, Lt. Embry (Adam Scott). She eventually becomes convinced her husband is innocent, and fights tooth and nail at her own endangerment to uncover the truth for his release. Through the course of their investigations, many twists and turns ensue, along with life threatening situations, deadends, uncovered lies, doubts and mistrust amongst each other, coverups, and witnesses who have died or disappeared...leading you to one final twist at the end. *This Carl Franklin thriller was not what I would call an exceptional movie, but I would not call it subpar either. It was well filmed and acted, with some insight to both military procedure and El Salvador, though the filmmakers prefer not to dabble too much in those areas, focusing more on the characters and their story instead. At the beginning of the movie, I pretty much had an idea of how it would end, but it wouldn't be until about half way through that they gave me a clue which left me no doubt. Yet, I was still intrigued with how they would develop the story, and did enjoy the plot as it unfolded before me to its end. The only problem with this movie was, even though immediate justice seems to be given, the true villians of this unfortunate incident have gotten away with one...and Claire & Charles seem to be content with their immediate solution, letting all the rest of it just go. I was hoping for a ''A Few Good Men'' type ending where they went straight for the source and not the perpetrator. Yet, with this said, it was still overall a satisfying movie, and one that I would buy.

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