True Crime (1999)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

Steve Everett is an investigative reporter with a lot of problems. An alcoholic, he's only been sober for two months. An unrelenting womanizer, he's on the verge of being thrown out by his wife, Barbara. Thanks to his messy personal life, he was fired from the New York Times. He has since relocated to the West Coast and The Oakland Tribune. The move to the West Coast and the last-chance job haven't really influenced Everett's style much, which is infuriating to the Tribune's stiff-necked city … More

Rating: R (for language and some violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Gross, Paul Brickman, Stephen Schiff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 10, 1999
Warner Bros. Pictures


as Steve Everett

as Frank Beachum

as Barbara

as Rev. Shillerman

as Cecilia Nussbaum

as Mrs. Russel

as Michelle Ziegler

as Gail Beachum

as Reedy

as Toy Shop Girl

as Patricia Findley

as Pussy Man

as Arnold McCardle

as Amy Wilson

as Bridget Rossiter

as Henry Lowenstein

as Jane March
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for True Crime

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for True Crime

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (19)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A beat-the-clock thriller with an edge of moral gravity.

Full Review… | July 19, 2014
The Moving Picture Show

Forget the mystery thriller plot... succeeds more as a study of character.

Full Review… | October 11, 2009

The story drifts away, and the movie is structured in a conventional way that lets us know it won't end tragically.

Full Review… | August 5, 2007

Eastwood handles it professionally, intelligently, and beautifully.

Full Review… | October 6, 2003
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for True Crime


A really powerful story about fighting to the very end and never giving up. Clint Eastwood of course does a great job as a womanizing hot shot reporter, but it's funny that he does it so well at 70. I really liked the draw in to the story, it wasn't sappy at all. They established a really great character with Isaiah Washington and made him seem like a true victim of circumstance. The redemption was really more for Clint Eastwood, who desperately needed to fix the mistakes he had made in the past.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


A distant relative of His Girl Friday, True Crime is about a reporter (Clint Eastwood) at the bottom of his career writing for a small news paper after botching a story. That's not his only problem, though. Steve (Eastwood) is a bit of an asshole. He lives for himself and his work, stopping to think about the consequences only after the deed is done. A set of circumstances leads to Steve being assigned a human interest story abut an inmate (Isaiah Washington) sentenced to death at midnight. While doing research for the piece it comes to light that the condemned man may be put to death for a crime he did not commit.

This is a well made film that runs at a nice pace. The beginning and the middle run smoothly as Steve goes through his day. It's intriguing at how a story materializes for the reporter. Even the prison interview scene, the obvious cheese in a film like this, is actually well written and acted. The problem with the film is that the ending, though giving the audience the obvious tension, seems a little bit of a cheat and plays out a bit to cliched. Not on the part of the actual execution, but in the way the case is broken open. It soils a film that runs at a great pace through its first and second acts.

It's not a typical Eastwood masterpiece, but it is an above average film that Eastwood tends to make when taking a break from his truly great works. It's a nice little thriller if you don't expect too much in the end.

Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

Very enjoyable drama about an innocent family man who's on death row. Can Eastwood interject and save the man's life or is he already too late?

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

True Crime Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss True Crime on our Movie forum!