True Crime

True Crime

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Cast: Clint Eastwood, Isaiah Washington, Denis Leary, Lisa Gay Hamilton

     
 

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Warner Home Video has competently transferred Clint Eastwood's crime drama to DVD, and also embellished the disc with some interesting special features. Although it is a movie lacking the flair of many of Eastwood's directorial efforts, it is still impressive here in its original widescreen aspect ratio, which is enhanced for 16 x 9 television sets. The totally clean

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Warner Home Video has competently transferred Clint Eastwood's crime drama to DVD, and also embellished the disc with some interesting special features. Although it is a movie lacking the flair of many of Eastwood's directorial efforts, it is still impressive here in its original widescreen aspect ratio, which is enhanced for 16 x 9 television sets. The totally clean picture is complemented by an excellent Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, which makes the most of the substantial use of music in the film. There are two documentaries on the disc. "The Scene of the Crime" is an above-average behind-the-scenes featurette that includes cast and crew interviews and offers some interesting insight into Eastwood's directing methods. More fascinating still is the second documentary, "True Crime: True Stories," which recounts the experiences of a real-life journalist in his attempts to save a wrongly convicted criminal from execution. The other two extra features on this disc are the original theatrical trailer for True Crime and the promotional video for the Diana Krall song "Why Should I Care?" Warner might have been tempted to put together a relatively minimal DVD package for this deliberately paced thriller, but thankfully this disc has a lot to offer.

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True Crime, Clint Eastwood's 21st effort as a director, features his usual markings, but also a few new wrinkles. The adjustments seem dictated by the advancing age of Eastwood's usual leading man -- himself. While this makes True Crime an interesting outing for Eastwood, he still has a couple of adjustments to make. The crime drama carries Eastwood's stamp by offering a flawed hero, efficient storytelling, quality acting, and a moody style with both light and dark moments. What sets the film apart is that the suspense comes primarily from an intellectual race against the clock and not a set of physical action pieces. Eastwood's Steve Everett uses brains, not bullets. In Magnum Force, Dirty Harry says, "A man's got to know his limitations," and late in his career, Eastwood the director seems to realize that Eastwood the actor is too old to make a convincing action hero. But he doesn't seem to realize that he's also too old to make a convincing stud; the fact that every woman in the film wants to bed Everett undermines the believability of the plot. In fact, the plot as a whole is fairly incredible. Screenwriters Larry Gross, Paul Brickman, and Stephen Schiff make it a bit too easy for Everett to solve this case, with much of the unfolding mystery coming off as contrived. On the plus side, the characters are all believable as full-fledged humans, thanks to the actors. All of the performances are excellent, especially that of Isaiah Washington) as doomed convict Frank Beachum, whose born-again Christianity comes off as heartfelt. Still, Everett's personal story is more compelling than the execution story, and Eastwood's best moments come in the comedic scenes opposite James Woods and Denis Leary.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/1999
UPC:
0085391632320
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:07:00

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes documentaries: "The Scene of the Crime" featuring cast/filmmaker interviews, and "True Crime: True Stories"; "Why Should I Care?" music video performed by Diana Krall; Interactive menus; Filmographies; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; English subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Steve Everett
Isaiah Washington Frank Beachum
Denis Leary Bob Findley
Lisa Gay Hamilton Bonnie Beachum
James Woods Alan Mann
Bernard Hill Luther Plunkitt
Diane Venora Barbara Everett
Michael McKean Reverend Shillerman
Michael Jeter Dale Porterhouse
Mary McCormack Michelle Ziegler
Hattie Winston Mrs. Russel
Penny Bae Bridges Gail Beachum
Francesca Fisher-Eastwood Kate Everett
John Finn Reedy
Laila Robins Patricia Findley
Sydney Poitier Jane March
Erik King Pussy Man
Graham Beckel Arnold McCardle
Frances Fisher Cecilia Nussbaum
Marissa Ribisi Amy Wilson
Christine Ebersole Bridget Rossiter
Anthony Zerbe Henry Lowenstein
Lucy Liu Actor

Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director,Producer
Paul Brickman Screenwriter
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Joel Cox Editor
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Larry Gross Screenwriter
Phyllis Huffman Casting
Robert Lorenz Asst. Director
Walt Martin Sound/Sound Designer
Lennie Niehaus Score Composer
Tom Rooker Executive Producer
Stephen Schiff Screenwriter
Jack Gammon Taylor Art Director
Lili Fini Zanuck Producer
Richard D. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Healthy as a horse [1:28]
2. Looking for love [2:40]
3. An accident [1:23]
4. Sex organs and blood [4:27]
5. The editor's wife [3:11]
6. Clear in his mind [3:51]
7. On toast [1:17]
8. His new assignment [5:37]
9. Handing things [5:25]
10. The Reverend's Job [3:23]
11. Visiting Pocum's [2:20]
12. Just a hunch [3:47]
13. Speed zoo [2:48]
14. Green pastures [6:32]
15. Porterhouse's story [4:18]
16. In Michelle's place [1:23]
17. Everette's problem [3:05]
18. Reporter with a hunch [3:08]
19. Bob's attention [2:08]
20. Goodbye, daddy [3:05]
21. Nose for the truth [5:06]
22. "Where were you?!?" [4:55]
23. Not Really Sure [1:38]
24. Cecilia rebukes the barfly [2:43]
25. Another witness? [2:31]
26. Six hours notice [3:30]
27. Something fishy here [3:53]
28. Time to leave [2:21]
29. Don't remember you [4:08]
30. If this were a bullet [7:10]
31. Spiritually speaking [1:11]
32. True crime... realized [3:16]
33. Fasten your seat belt [2:11]
34. Preparations [2:39]
35. Last-ditch maneuver [2:09]
36. "We have a go" [3:43]
37. Homeless for the holidays [1:35]
38. Santa clause rides alone [1:38]
39. End Credits (Why Should I Care?) [5:30]

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True Crime 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JosephNicholas More than 1 year ago
True Crime Boring. Skip it.