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True Crime

Clint Eastwood , Isaiah Washington , Clint Eastwood    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Not enough people went to see True Crime in theaters. Wasn't Clint Eastwood too old to be playing a guy whom a variety of glorious women, from the middle-aged Diane Venora and Laila Robins to the young Mary McCormack and Lucy Liu, find attractive? Could the onetime Man with No Name credibly play a brilliant crime reporter, Steve Everett, with an ironic turn of phrase and an incurable habit of screwing up both his personal and professional lives? The respective answers to those questions are: hell no and hell yes. True Crime features one of Eastwood's best and most entertaining performances--and his work as director is utterly assured.

The story (from Andrew Klavan's bestselling novel) gives Everett the last-minute assignment of interviewing a condemned man (Isaiah Washington) on the eve of his execution. The prisoner, a born-again Christian and exemplary family man, has everything the reporter lacks except a shot at seeing the next sunrise. Everett sets out to get him that, yet far from making a beeline to the exculpatory evidence that will save the life of his "client," this very tarnished hero has to spend a lot of the next 24 hours contending with the baggage he's accumulated through drinking, wenching, and familial neglect. (A Pirandellian note: Everett's daughter is played by Eastwood's own daughter, Francesca Fisher-Eastwood, and her mother, Frances Fisher, returns for a feisty cameo as a prosecutor.)

This is a good one that got away. Don't let it happen again. -- Richard T. Jameson


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3.0 out of 5 stars over all a good deal for the cost June 25 2014
Format:DVD
I have watched movie several times, and after I cleaned the DVD, it has worked well, I had to get out a BIG MARC. but again now plays well, over all a good deal for the cost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A master of his craft at work Sept. 20 2012
By Robert Badgley TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
True Crime(released March/99)is a film crafted by a master.Eastwood populates/bases his world(s)with characters we can identify with,true to life folks with the everyday hassles and the worries that life throws at the general masses.The central character played here by a 68 year old Eastwood,is just such a man.Eastwood is ably backed by a great supporting cast;Eastwood has had the good fortune and wherewithal to surround himself with talented folks throughout his long and distinguished career.Isaiah Washington is on hand as the criminal wrongfully convicted and on death row,James Wood is the head of the newspaper where he works and Denis Leary is Eastwood's immediate boss.
The plot finds Eastwood as a womanizing,drinking newspaperman who has been shipped from New York to Oakland,California.Some claim he hounded the NYC mayor who got him ousted.We later learn it was his womanizing that actually did the trick,so to speak.As the film opens he sits beside a 23 year fellow reporter and makes a few propositions towards her which she nicely rejects and leaves.On the way home she is killed in a car accident at,like the Jan and Dean song,Dead Man's Curve.Eastwood however arrives to work late the next morning,after having slept with the wife of his immediate boss Leary.
He is given the bad news and is told to take her place in finishing up a story she had been given regarding a death row inmate sentenced to die that very night.Right off the bat Eastwood starts asking questions about the murder the man on death row committed,but his editors don't want a holy crusade,just an interest piece.Off he goes,but he has to take his young daughter to the zoo first.It's a whirlwind tour,literally,and Eastwood's running while his daughter is in a stroller,ends up with a spill onto the pavement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent film of reporter on the hunt... Sept. 12 2012
Format:DVD
At the movie's end there is a song something to the effect of why should i care? The eastwood character, and here once again we are reviewing from thr retrospective collection of 35 films just released, is out to rescue victims a perennial theme in these films, and makes himself vulnerable in this case losing wife,child,job, money and being homeless...and all due to the bureacracy and its authoritarian mindset, if that's all it is. A person, a charismatic christian in the black community, family man, is wrongfully convicted of committing a crime,and the profile is way off, making the whole situation absurd. This film is like the James Cagney films of old, and gives audiences a chance to experience this kind of film which we dont see much of in theaters any more, and often what do we see? He is thought to be on a crusade, for the truth. He is fond of kids and brings them to the zoo, like the prisoner, among the law and order of the bureaucracy. It was all done we are told to impress some girls, and we are told no one much believes it, but we're is the real killers? The priest comes in, he too being a person of authority,to extract a confession like an inquisitor not even asking his guilt...only Eastwood's character asks if he's guilty but he already knows the answer. To the city workers its joked that there's trouble with their wives, as a kind of joke, not to be taken seriously, but they react like there's some kind of problem, a tit for tat problem, since he doesnt play along with the boys in the office. They dont see him? The prisoner like the Eastwood character is disposed towards children, they have the saintly disposition, and also the prisoner sais the baby jesus. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clint Is Still Number One April 4 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Clint Eastwood's 1999 release, True Crime, was based on an Andrew Klavan novel and filmed in a style that reminds me of movies made in the late 70's or 80's. As I watched the first few minutes, my first thought was that poor Clint was to old to portray the part of Steve Everett and this movie had been a waste of money. At first, it actually kind of "creeped me out" watching him come on to the beautiful young women in the movie, but you cannot always judge the movie by your first impressions. Steve Everett is a cheating husband, a horrible father, a recovering alcoholic, and a womanizer, but he is, first and foremost, a newspaper reporter with a "nose" for the truth. His boss, Bob Findley (Denis Leary), assigns him to cover an execution as a human-interest story. Bob has a hard time working with Steve, knowing that Steve has been sleeping with his wife, and struggles to maintain a professional office relationship. Steve has a hunch that Frank Beechum (Isaiah Washington), a black man convicted of the murder of a pregnant white girl, is innocent, but only has one day to come up with evidence before the execution takes place as scheduled. The plot to this movie is predictable and has been done in other movies many times, but Clint Eastwood's skill as a director turns this otherwise "dog" into a suspenseful thrill ride. The performances of Isaiah Washington and Lisa Gay Hamilton are precise and moving. James Woods is hilarious and Francesca Fisher Eastwood, Clint Eastwood's daughter in real life, is adorable. Michael Jeter, Michael McKean, Bernard Hill, and Diane Venora also give great performances and help make True Crime a very good movie that is definitely worth 127 minutes of your time. Oh, and about my first impressions, I was wrong, Clint is not too old for the part or the beautiful young women. Clint is still number one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Eastwood's best
I'd personally have to rank this one as Eastwood's best picture ever (as director, anyway). And I'd definitely have to argue with other reviewers about the predictable ending ... Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2010 by M. Bailin
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood Is The Man
Another great Eastwood directed film with terrific performances by everyone in the cast especially (i.e. Isaiah Washington, Lisa Gay Hamilton and James Woods). Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004 by M. Hencke
5.0 out of 5 stars A RACE TO THE FINISH
Okay, let's get two sore points out of the way: Yes, Clint is really a little too old for the leading role, especially in pairing him with such young ladies; and yes, James Woods... Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2003 by Michael Butts
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!
I was astounded that a major studio/star cast could make such a worthless film. The plot is as old as the hills: innocent man wrongfully convicted of murder awaits excecution on... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2003 by Mr. Einstein
5.0 out of 5 stars A Race Against Time
Clint Eastwood plays reporter Steve Everett,who puts his job on the line and his family on hold to prove the innocence of an unjustly condemned man. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2002 by L. Shirley
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
Clint Eastwood proves that he's a legend in his own mind with this predicatble, BORING and slightly sickening tale. Read more
Published on July 13 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Eastwoods of the last years.
Once i said I would watch any movie directed by Clint Eastwood, no matter genre, cast or plot. I maintain it. Read more
Published on April 22 2002 by Francisco Jose Marti
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done, entertaining movie
A solid, entertaining movie that was marketed as a thriller, but in truth it's a riveting, character-driven drama. Read more
Published on April 13 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Clint Eastwood drama
Clint Eastwood has been a star for thirty-five years. He is also a good composer and a respected director. Read more
Published on March 22 2002 by Matthew Horner
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