True Crime

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Overview

Investigative reporter Steve Everett Clint Eastwood has just relocated to the west coast after getting fired from the New York Times. Thanks to his old friend, Alan Mann James Woods, the editor-in-chief of The Oakland Tribune, Everett still has a job, but that's hardly the end of his problems. An alcoholic and a womanizer, he's been sober for two months and his marriage to Barbara Diane Venora is in as bad a shape as his car. Everett has also earned the hatred of city editor Bob Findley Denis Leary, and not ...
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Overview

Investigative reporter Steve Everett Clint Eastwood has just relocated to the west coast after getting fired from the New York Times. Thanks to his old friend, Alan Mann James Woods, the editor-in-chief of The Oakland Tribune, Everett still has a job, but that's hardly the end of his problems. An alcoholic and a womanizer, he's been sober for two months and his marriage to Barbara Diane Venora is in as bad a shape as his car. Everett has also earned the hatred of city editor Bob Findley Denis Leary, and not without reason -- Everett has been sleeping with his wife. One day, when another reporter dies in an automobile accident, Findley asks Everett to take over her assignment -- the final interview of condemned murderer Frank Beachum Isaiah Washington. Everett researches the case before the interview, and finds Beachum was convicted of a robbery and homicide in an Oakland convenience store. But the reporter finds several discrepancies in the story, and a visit to death row only confirms Everett's suspicions that Beachum was not the killer. The reporter begins a hurried search for information that will stay the execution. Plagued by his inner demons, the reporter has 12 hours left to save the life of a man he knows is innocent.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; 2 Featurettes: ; The Scene of the Crime- Cast/Crew Interviews; True Crime: True Stories - A Reporter's True-Life Experiences That Parallel the Movie; Diana Krall Why Should I Care? Music Video; Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2010
  • UPC: 883929107636
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,281

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
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 Jr. Art Director
Lili Fini Zanuck Producer
Richard D. Zanuck Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- True Crime
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. Handling 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. Everett'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 Claus Rides Alone [1:38]
39. End Credits (Why Should I Care?) [5:30]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- True Crime
   Jump to a Scene
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Clint Eastwood - Steve Everett
         Isasiah Washington - Frank Beachum
         Denis Leary - Bob Findley
         Lisa Gay Hamilton - Bonnie Beachum
         James Woods - Alan Mann
         Based Upon the Novel by Andrew Klavan
         Screenplay by Larry Gross and Paul Brickman and Stephen Schiff
         Produced by Richard D. Zanuck & Lili Fini Zanuck
         Produced and Directed by Clint Eastwood
      Secret Files
         Documentary - "The Scene of the Crime"
         True Crime: True Stories
         "Why Should I Care?" Music Video by Diana Krall
         Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
      Subtitles
         English
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    True Crime

    True Crime
    Boring. Skip it.

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