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Double Jeopardy (1999)



Critic Consensus: A talented cast fails to save this unremarkable thriller.

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A woman, who has served six years of a prison sentence for killing her husband (after he faked his own death and framed her in an insurance scam), sets out to take in the money of the scam. Tommy Lee Jones plays the downtrodden parole officer who has to track her down.more
Rating: R (for language, a scene of sexuality and some violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Douglas S. Cook, David Weisberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2000
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Ashley Judd
as Libby Parsons
Tommy Lee Jones
as Travis Lehman
Bruce Greenwood
as Nick Parsons
Annabeth Gish
as Angela Green
Roma Maffia
as Margaret Skolowski
Davenia McFadden
as Evelyn Lake
Gillian Barber
as Rebecca Tingely
Benjamin Weir
as Matty Parsons (age 4...
Spencer Treat Clark
as Matty Parsons (age 1...
Ben Bode
as Karl Carruthers
Dave Hager
as Mangold
Daniel Lapaine
as Computer Guy
Fulvio Cecere
as BMW Salesman
Brennan Elliott
as Yuppie Man
Bruce Campbell
as Bartender at Party
Angela Schneider
as Yuppie Girl
Tom McBeath
as Coast Guard Officer
David Jacox
as Deputy Ben
Woody Jeffreys
as Watch Stander
Maria Bitamba
as Prisoner at Phone
Robin J. Kelley
as Parole Board Member
Dana Owen Still
as Drug Counselor
Maria R. Herrera
as Libby's Roommate
Enuka Okuma
as Parolee
George Gordon
as Emergency Room Docto...
Anna Hagan
as Libby's Mother
Addison Ridge
as Boy at Door
Crystal Verge
as Housewife
Joy Coghill
as Neighbor in Garden
Bernard Cuffling
as Gallery Owner
Barth C. Phillips
as Singer in Jackson Sq...
Reginald Ringo
as Singer in Jackson Sq...
Jerome Alexander
as Singer in Jackson Sq...
George Hunter
as Singer in Jackson Sq...
Ingrid Torrence
as Maison Beau Coeur Cl...
Roger R. Cross
as Hotel Manager
Pamela Perry
as Mrs. Kritch
Tim McDermott
as Bell Hop
Keegan Tracy
as Boutique Saleswoman
Jason Douglas
as Detective
Austin B. Church
as Scarf Woman's Husban...
Joe Simon
as Singer at Auction
Charlie Detraz
as Auctioneer
Michelle Stafford
as Suzanne Monroe
Greg Di Leo
as Bachelor at Auction
Lance Spellerberg
as Bachelor at Auction
Greg Touliatos
as New Orleans Bartende...
Deryl Hayes
as New Orleans Cop
Brent Woolsey
as Mounted Cop
Eliza Murbach
as Coed with Umbrella
Bob Harris
as Preacher
George Montgomery II
as Matty Pretender
Harold Evans
as New Orleans Cabbie
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Critic Reviews for Double Jeopardy

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (26)

A lukewarm outing that mostly just bops from plot point to plot point.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Double Jeopardy is single-minded and engaging thriller storytelling without an afterglow.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Beresford's straight-ahead approach to the material, as a heart-tugger, is 180 degrees wrong.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

The way the screenwriters treat the law is in many ways similar to way they treat intelligence of the viewers.

Full Review… | February 14, 2005

Double Jeoprady has all the legal savvy of the O.J. Simpson jury.

July 16, 2004

The script, not rooted in logic, leaves certain plot elements unexplained. And when the ending arrives, it's no surprise.

Full Review… | June 23, 2004

Audience Reviews for Double Jeopardy

Quite an overused idea, the beginning seemed to take quite a while but then the main part (especially her jailing) didn't take very long at all and left me confused about the time span of the film. Acting was decent but nothing special and overall a very obvious film with no guessing to be done.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

This movie is a thriller about a woman convicted (wrongly) of murdering her husband. She gets a lengthy prisons sentence but gets out early on good behavior. When she discovers that not only was she (correctly) set up, but that the person who did it was her husband, she sets out for revenge, planning to exploit the double jeopardy loop hole which says a person cannot be convicted for the same crime twice.

Double jeopardy is a real thing, but the film plays fast and loose with it, and the way it is demonstrated here isn't actually how it works. That aside, this is a very entertaining film, despite being kinda silly and on the nose. The motivations for various things (aside from the revenge) aren't really well constructed, and the writing just feels kinda 'bare minimum', but the performances are passable, and the audience does feel satisfaction in seeing Ashley Judd's Libby run around on her quest for revenge.

This film comes off to me as the cinematic equivalent of an airport novel. I mean that as mostly a compliment, even if I don't completely recommend the film as something worth watching very often. Had this been better scripted, and maybe had a bit tighter direction, then it might hold up as more than rainy day popcorn fare.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Whilst I do not find Ashley Judd one othe more convincing Actresses, this is a film that holds yours attention and urges the need for retribution to take place. Cheesy in parts, but helped along by Tommy Lee Jones, this is an enjoyable film of the 90's.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Double Jeopardy Quotes

Travis Lehman: We spotted the Parsons woman in the Quarter last night. She got away. I just came by to find out if you'd heard from her.
Nick Parsons: Not a peep.
Travis Lehman: Do you have any idea why she's fixated her lunacy on you?
Nick Parsons: Well, the world's full of crazy people, am I right?
Travis Lehman: Oh, yes, you are right. Truer words were never spoken. Those are nice pictures there. Did your kids do them?
Nick Parsons: Uh, no. Those pictures are by a very great artist named Kandinsky.
Travis Lehman: Oh.
Nick Parsons: Why do I think you already knew that?
– Submitted by Dennis L (4 years ago)

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