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High crimes

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Everything you trust, everything you know, may be a lie...

Claire Kubik (Ashley Judd), a happily married, successful lawyer is shocked to learn that her husband, Tom Chapman (Jim Caviezel), has a hidden past as a classified military operative, and is accused of committing a heinous war crime. As she prepares to defend her husband in a top-secret military court, where none of the rules she knows so well apply, she gets help from a "wild card", Charles Grimes (Morgan Freeman) - a former military attorney who doesn't play by anyone's rules.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film thriller crime army soldier murder secret military secret war crime legal

Persons of interest

  • Ashley Judd .... Claire Kubik
  • Morgan Freeman .... Charles Grimes
  • Jim Caviezel .... Tom Chapman
  • Adam Scott .... Lieutenant Terrence Embry
  • Amanda Peet .... Jackie Grimaldi
  • Michael Gaston .... Major Waldron
  • Tom Bower .... FBI Agent "Massie" Mullins
  • Jesse Beaton .... Ramona Phillips
  • Samuel Sheng .... Josh
  • John Apicella .... Franklin
  • Joseph Finder .... Author
  • Grace Cary Bickley .... Screenwriter
  • Susan Shilliday .... Screenwriter
  • Yuri Zeltse .... Screenwriter
  • Carl Franklin .... Director

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Theatrical report

Ahhh, secrets within secrets within secrets. If there's one thing that the armed forces are good at, it's making up secrets, especially secrets that they shouldn't be keeping.

High crimes re-teams Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman after their successful on-screen debut duet in Kiss the girls. Yes folks, Hollywood is that unsubtle. Fortunately, they throw Jim Caviezel into the mix and end up with a pretty good courtroom/military/mystery thriller. There are plenty of twists to keep even the most insightful audience member awake through to the very end. The circumstances of the final twist are just a little contrived but you've been so well manipulated by then that it doesn't matter too much. After all, if you go and see a head game movie like this, the last thing that you're going to do is suspend your willing suspension of disbelief.

This is a good, meaty combination of plot, action and actors with some good red herrings (and fish of other colours). High crimes is not a pretty film but it certainly spins you out.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9
  • Special features:
    • Commentary: Carl Franklin
    • Featurettes:
      • A military mystery
      • FBI takedown in Union Square
      • A different kind of justice
      • Liar Liar: How to beat a polygraph
      • Together again
      • Car crash
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

110 minutes (1:50 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 9 May 2002
DVD rental: 13 November 2002
VHS rental: 13 November 2002
DVD retail: 19 March 2003
VHS retail: 19 March 2003

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