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True Crime (1995)

Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has an addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alicia Silverstone ... Mary Giordano
Kevin Dillon ... Tony Campbell
Bill Nunn ... Detective Jerry Guinn
Michael Bowen ... Earl Parkins
Ann Devaney ... Sherry Tarnley
Joshua Schaefer Joshua Schaefer ... John Giordano
Marla Sokoloff ... Vicki Giordano
Jennifer Savidge ... Celia Giordano
Tara Subkoff ... Liz McConnell
David Packer David Packer ... Sergeant Collins
Alissa Dowdy Alissa Dowdy ... Kathleen Donlevy
Aimee Brooks ... Margie Donlevy
Brian Wankum Brian Wankum ... Roger
Melissa DeLizia ... Girl #1
Tiombe Lockhart Tiombe Lockhart ... Girl #2 (as Tiombe Anika Lockhart)
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Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has an addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which inspire her to do her own detective work. When she starts snooping around on the case of a murderer of teenage girls, it gets her in hot water with her mentor Detective Jerry Gunn. But it also starts a team up with police cadet Tony Campbell. The two work together to find the murderer. But the closer Mary gets to solving the murder, the more danger she puts herself in of being the next victim. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Rated R for psychopathic violence, strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1996 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

True Crime See more »

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Trimark Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color
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Goofs

When Mary reads the case file after breaking into the police office, the word "HOMICIDE" is misspelled "HOMOCIDE". See more »

Connections

Referenced in True Detective: After You've Gone (2014) See more »

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Journey Through the Heart
Performed and written by Blake Leyh and Amanda Kramer
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uninspired murder mystery
10 May 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Mary Giordano (Alicia Silverstone) is a smart Catholic school girl obsessed with true crimes. She goes to school with her sister Vicki (Marla Sokoloff) and best friend Liz McConnell (Tara Subkoff). Police detective Jerry Guinn (Bill Nunn) is her mentor following her dead father's footsteps. A fellow student Kathleen Donlevy is killed by who turns out to be a serial killer. She investigates with the help of police cadet Tony Campbell (Kevin Dillon).

Mary is a darker teenage Nancy Drew. That has potential and it's interesting to dip her toe into sexual tension. However I wish it's not played up as erotica and it's too broadly done. The murder case is relatively uninspired. It's so uninspired that they investigate a traveling carnival. The actors are pretty good but there are some really clunky lines. I don't like the poorly done dream sequences. Going back to the carnival is bad enough. I don't know how she could still hang on to that carnival ride after being knocked unconscious. This is a borderline movie but I have to go a slightly negative.


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