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The Criminal (1999)

R | | Action, Drama | January 2001 (UK)
A musician is plunged into a world of femmes fatales, espionage, deceit, state-ordered executions and trial by media.


Julian Simpson


Julian Simpson

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Mackintosh ... Jasper Rawlins
Bernard Hill ... Det. Insp. Walker
Eddie Izzard ... Peter Hume
Natasha Little ... Sarah Maitland
Yvan Attal ... Mason
Holly Aird ... Det. Sgt. Rebecca White
Andrew Tiernan ... Harris
Jana Carpenter Jana Carpenter ... Grace
Justin Shevlin ... The Barker
Barry Stearn Barry Stearn ... Noble
Norman Lovett ... Clive
Timothy Bateson ... Thomas
Abigail Blackmore ... Arsey Barmaid
Matthew Blackmore Matthew Blackmore ... Guy
Ingrid Bradley Ingrid Bradley ... Scantily dressed woman


Jasper Rawlins, a none-too-successful musician, finds himself chatting with a beautiful woman at his neighborhood bar. She goes home with him, direct and frank in answer to his nervousness. During the night, someone breaks into his flat and cuts her throat. He runs into the arms of the police, who dismiss his story, but release him while they search for the weapon. He investigates the crime, and over the next few days, meets a knowing pornographer, hit men, and other schemers. As dead bodies pile up wherever he goes, the police are soon looking for him with guns drawn. As he discovers secrets about a shadowy corporation, the police close in. Can he find someone to trust? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Innocence Is No Protection


Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

January 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El criminal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Peter Hume: The refugees, genocide... they're just a sideshow, distracting everyone from the real agenda: power and influence.
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References The Parallax View (1974) See more »

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4 March 2008 | by petdix-1See all my reviews

cinematography starts out excellent, actors talented but do not bother with this film. I love Eddie Izzard and Steven MacIntosh; all the other actors were excellent but this was a hateful script, which tortures viewers. We readily identify with MackIntosh's & Natasha Little's characters, so evil done to them is spikes driven into our eyeballs. Not since "Clockwork Orange" have I hated a film so intensely and I admit that Clockwork had redeeming values, art-wise & social commentary-wise. "The Criminal" was a lame excuse for someone who is de-sensitized to violence (whether by video games or limbic system dysfunction) to slam viewers' heads down onto a table. I put it on fast fwd after 20 minutes into the film and made stops to catch up with dialogue, skipping violence. Thus, for me, the film was thankfully 45 minutes long. Despised the ending. Let it be known that my favorite writer is Dostoyevsky. So I'm not a suburban granny making whiny comments. I can handle intensity/violence if the plot is worthwhile & characters get to develop (I have to hand it to MackIntosh, his work in this was, as usual, top notch). My favorite movies are "Dr. Zhivago" and "Gangs of NY" (and I recently appreciated "In Bruges") These films do not spare the viewers' sensibilities, with Cossaks slaughtering innocents and Bill Cutting's vengeful personality. Please DO see Anything else that these talented actors have done & best wishes to the script writer. Director, you've got talent but get out of this genre, it's old hat.

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