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High Crimes (2002)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 5 April 2002 (USA)
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High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who has been living under a false name, is arrested by military police and placed on trial for the murder of villagers while he was in the Marines.

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Carl Franklin

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Joseph Finder (novel), Yuri Zeltser (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Judd ... Claire Kubik
Morgan Freeman ... Charles W. Grimes
Jim Caviezel ... Tom Kubik / Sgt. Ron Chapman
Adam Scott ... Lt. Terrence Embry
Amanda Peet ... Jackie
Bruce Davison ... Brig. Gen. Bill Marks
Tom Bower ... FBI Agent Mullins
Juan Carlos Hernández ... Maj. James Hernandez
Michael Gaston ... Maj. Lucas Waldron
Jude Ciccolella ... Col. Farrell
Emilio Rivera ... Salvadoran Man
Michael Shannon ... Troy Abbott
John Billingsley ... Lie Detector Coach
Dendrie Taylor ... Lola
Paula Jai Parker ... Gracie
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Storyline

High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who she thought was Tom Kubik, is arrested and is revealed to be Ron Chapman. Chapman is on trial for a murder of Latin American villagers while he was in the Marines. Claire soon learns that to navigate the military justice system, she'll need help from the somewhat unconventional Charlie Grimes; meanwhile, Claire's sister, Jackie, is falling in love with wet-behind-the-ears Lieutenant Embry assigned as the official defense lawyer. And most of the eyewitnesses have rather too conveniently died. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Everything you trust. Everything you know. May be a lie...


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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimen en primer grado See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe River, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,005,550, 7 April 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,543,207, 18 August 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,781,100
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman also appeared in Kiss the Girls (1997), Olympus Has Fallen (2013), and Dolphin Tale 2 (2014). See more »

Goofs

In the hallway after the pre-trial hearing, Charlie Grimes adjusts his tie twice. See more »

Quotes

Jackie: I just don't believe it. I refuse.
Charlie Grimes: My assistant now used to say 'truth is less fun than fiction'.
Jackie: Terry would never do that!
Claire Kubik: Oh, you're screwin' him so you know him?
Jackie: Excuse me, Mrs RON CHAPMAN!
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Featured in High Crimes: FBI Takedown Union Square (2002) See more »

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Words and Music by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Performed by Lou Rawls
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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High tensions and mystery.
30 March 2014 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, after starring in 1997's Kiss the Girls, reunite in this story about powerful attorney Claire Kubik (Judd), who finds her husband Tom Kubik (Jim Caviezel) arrested for the murder of Latin American villagers while he was in the Marines, with the name of Sgt. Ron Chapman. Claire teams up with Charlie Grimes (Freeman) to navigate through the military justice system in attempts to clear Tom, all while dealing with the deaths of key eyewitnesses.

Like Kiss the Girls, this movie is full of mystery and tension that will captivate an audience and keep the movie's pace going strong despite its simple and predictable plot. Freeman is a calm yet dynamic actor, which is perfect in his role as he teams up once again with Judd, who herself gave an energetic and dramatic performance in her attorney role. Jim Caviezel gave a strong and mysterious performance as the accused Tom, whose unknown background will leave the audience guessing.

With some good suspense and tension, it's a worthy courtroom drama for a popcorn movie night.

Grade B-


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