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True Believer
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True Believer

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Director: Joseph Ruben,

Cast: James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., Yuji Okumoto

 

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Conspiracy and corruption in the NYPD takes the forefront in this release from Columbia Tristar. Viewable in either 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen or 1.33:1 pan and scan, this release also offers a slew of audio options including closed captioned English Dolby Digital Surround, and Spanish, French and Portuguese Dolby Digital Stereo. Optional subtitles are offered in

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Conspiracy and corruption in the NYPD takes the forefront in this release from Columbia Tristar. Viewable in either 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen or 1.33:1 pan and scan, this release also offers a slew of audio options including closed captioned English Dolby Digital Surround, and Spanish, French and Portuguese Dolby Digital Stereo. Optional subtitles are offered in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai. Extra features include bonus trailers and talent files.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A zesty cinematic stew mixed from equal portions of murder mystery, courtroom thriller, and social-protest drama, True Believer is additionally spiced with the peppery performance of versatile actor James Woods. He's in top form as long-haired, dope-smoking lawyer Eddie Dodd, a '60s radical whose idealism dissipated long ago. Now an unscrupulous shyster who defends low-life drug offenders, Eddie succumbs to the prodding of his ambitious clerk (Robert Downey Jr.) and redeems himself by championing an Asian-American youth sent to prison on trumped-up murder charges. Director Joseph Ruben (Return to Paradise) builds suspense by letting viewers discover clues along with Woods and Downey, bringing things to a head in a fiery courtroom confrontation between the impassioned defense lawyer and a hard-nosed prosecutor (Kurtwood Smith). The complicated plot never gets lost in a welter of extraneous detail, and Ruben artfully steers the story without tipping off its surprise ending. Even though it's a slick, engrossing thriller, True Believer never quite acquired the rep it deserves -- but Columbia Tri Star's new DVD edition, which includes talent files and bonus trailers, should change all that.
All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Joseph Ruben's legal thriller about the awakening of a former '60s activist lawyer is James Woods' show all the way, and his passion takes the script to another level. While the story of a cynical older character who's reignited by an idealistic neophyte is hardly new, Strick's sharp, engaging, and fast-moving script, studded with '60s references, and threaded through with the theme of racism, would be absorbing with any actor in the lead. But Woods, as the burnt-out lawyer who has adjusted to the greed of the '80s by trying to pretend that he's protecting crucial legal principles in defending drug dealers, has never had a role to which he was so perfectly suited, and he tears into it with a riveting intensity. If the lawyer has long ago realized that the utopian vision of his youth was an illusion, he can suddenly appreciate a smaller battle where justice can still be won. Although some may be amused by the irony of Downey telling his boss to, in effect, put down the joint and get to work, the actor is an excellent foil for Woods in this tough-love relationship. The feisty Margaret Colin also scores as a laid-back investigator who gives as good as she gets, and Kurtwood Smith is effective as a federal attorney who practices a cold-blooded version of realpolitik.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2001
UPC:
0043396058491
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Audio: English 2-channel [Dolby Surround], French, Spanish, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Bonus trailers; Talent files; Interactive menus; Scene selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Woods Eddie Dodd
Robert Downey Roger Baron
Yuji Okumoto Shu Kai Kim
Margaret Colin Kitty Greer
Kurtwood Smith Robert Reynard
Tom Bower Cecil Skell
Charles Hallahan Vincent Dennehy
Sully Diaz Maraquilla Esparza
Misan Kim Mrs. Kim
John Snyder Chucky Loeder
Luis Guzman Ortega
Graham Beckel Sklaroff
Tony Haney Montell
Joel Polis Dean Rabin
Will Marchetti Judge Quealy
Thelton E. Henderson Judge Baum
Karen Rea Actor
Miguel Fernandes Art Esparza
Maureen McVerry Billy
Abigail van Alyn Connie Dennehy
Deborah Offner Laura Gayley
Thomas Wagner Tommy
Richard Fancy Ballistics Expert
Kurt Fuller George Ballistics
Ginger Chung Translator
Gerry Bamman Brian Nevins
Charles Dean Detective
Gustave Johnson Detective
Cab Covay Teardrop
Tony Abatemarco Glen Fulton
Ken Grantham Cecil's Judge
Ralph Peduto Court Officer
Margot Rose Ms. Jessum
Jan Schultz Lindeman
George Maguire Maitre d'
David Espinoza Corrections Officer
George Jenesky Slim Jim
Sean O'Brien Clyde Gruner
Cully Fredricksen Scarecrow
Taylor Gilbert Reynard's Receptionist
Peter Anthony Jacobs Reporter
Stu Klitsher Magnate
David Booth Minister
Peter Fitzsimmons Court Clerk
Jarrett Sullivan Boy
Mike "Clay" Stone Client

Technical Credits
Joseph Ruben Director
George Bowers Editor
Patrick Crowley Co-producer
Brad Fiedel Score Composer
Deborah Figuly Makeup
Tim Galvin Production Designer
Whitney Green Production Designer
Steven Jordan Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence Lasker Co-producer,Screenwriter
John Lindley Cinematographer
Jim Lovelett Stunts
John McLeod Special Effects
Lawrence Miller Production Designer
Walter Parkes Co-producer,Screenwriter
Erica Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Pohl Art Director
Jim Poynter Set Decoration/Design
Rocky Capella Stunts
Wesley Strick Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [7:11]
2. Eddie Dodd [6:46]
3. Mrs. Kim [2:49]
4. "Everybody's guilty." [4:15]
5. Shu Kai Kim [3:06]
6. Reviewing the case [1:43]
7. Kitty Greer, PI [1:34]
8. Cecil Skell [3:08]
9. Nothing but the truth [3:51]
10. Robert Reynard, DA [4:03]
11. A warning [2:53]
12. Aryan Army visit [2:27]
13. "What happened in Chinatown?" [3:32]
14. No deal [4:45]
15. Opening statements [2:05]
16. Detective Montell [1:13]
17. Detective Sklaroff [1:58]
18. Vincent Dennehy [:10]
19. Art's Supplies [2:54]
20. Dead end [4:21]
21. Laura Gayley [5:07]
22. Richard Ortega [2:41]
23. True believer [4:33]
24. "I knew Jimmy Chin." [4:09]
25. Dismissed [2:33]
26. Dennehy comes clean [3:09]
27. Justice? [5:40]
28. Reynard testifies [5:04]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [7:11]
2. Eddie Dodd [6:46]
3. Mrs. Kim [2:49]
4. "Everybody's guilty." [4:15]
5. Shu Kai Kim [3:06]
6. Reviewing the case [1:43]
7. Kitty Greer, PI [1:34]
8. Cecil Skell [3:08]
9. Nothing but the truth [3:51]
10. Robert Reynard, DA [4:03]
11. A warning [2:53]
12. Aryan Army visit [2:27]
13. "What happened in Chinatown?" [3:32]
14. No deal [4:45]
15. Opening statements [2:05]
16. Detective Montell [1:13]
17. Detective Sklaroff [1:58]
18. Vincent Dennehy [:10]
19. Art's Supplies [2:54]
20. Dead end [4:21]
21. Laura Gayley [5:07]
22. Richard Ortega [2:41]
23. True Believer [4:33]
24. "I knew Jimmy Chin." [4:09]
25. Dismissed [2:33]
26. Dennehy comes clean [3:09]
27. Justice? [5:40]
28. Reynard testifies [5:04]

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