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High Crimes (2002)



Critic Consensus: Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman make this predictable affair watchable.

Movie Info

Defense attorney Claire Kubik (Ashley Judd) seems to have the perfect life. She has a high profile job at a big firm, a beautiful home outside San Francisco, and a husband, Tom (James Caviezel of The Thin Red Line), who loves her. Claire's biggest problem appears to be that she wants to have a baby, and she's having trouble getting pregnant. But when the police investigate a routine break-in at her home, they uncover the truth about her husband's identity, and her life is thrown into turmoil. Claire finds out that her husband's name is actually Ron Chapman, and that he's an ex-marine accused of murdering seven innocent civilians in El Salvador during a raid in the late '80s. He admits that he was there, and that he changed his identity to escape prosecution for the crimes, but he insists that he's innocent, and that the massacre was committed by another soldier under the orders of a powerful general (Bruce Davison), who is using Ron as a patsy to cover it up. Claire is eventually convinced that Ron's telling the truth. Faced with defending her husband in an unfamiliar military courtroom, Claire enlists the aid of Charles Grimes (Morgan Freeman), an ex-Army judge advocate with an axe to grind. Stonewalled by the military bureaucracy at every turn, they uncover a web of deception and disappearing witnesses, and they soon find their own lives in danger. High Crimes was adapted from Joseph Finder's novel by the husband and wife screenwriting team of Yuri Zeltser and Cary Bickley. The film was directed by Carl Franklin (One False Move), and co-stars Amanda Peet and Adam Scott. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, sexual content and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Susan Shilliday, Yuri Zeltser, Cary Bickley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 2002
Box Office: $41.4M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Ashley Judd
as Claire Kubik
Morgan Freeman
as Charlie Grimes
Jim Caviezel
as Tom Kubik
Adam Scott
as Lt. Embry
Michael Gaston
as Maj. Waldron
Bruce Davison
as Gen. Marks
Tom Bower
as FBI Agent Mullins
Jude Ciccolella
as Col. Farrell
Emilio Rivera
as Salvadoran Man
Michael Shannon
as Troy Abbott
John Apicella
as Franklin
Dawn Hudson
as La Pierre
Julie Remala
as Mrs. Stenstrom
Kyle T. Heffner
as San Francisco Judge
Joe Mazza
as San Francisco D.A.
Terry Wayne
as Bartender
Maureen McVerry
as Female Attorney
Jakob J. Gentry
as Male Attorney No. 1
C. Anthony "Charles"...
as Male Attorney No. 2
Don Bajema
as Mr. Arguer
Edith Bryson
as Mrs. Arguer
Patsy Bob Rust
as Pickup Truck Driver
Don J. Byron
as F.B.I. Agent
Saiba Roberts
as F.B.I. Swat Guy
Adam Segen
as General's Aide
Eddie Santiago
as Guard No. 1
Arlen Escarpeta
as Guard No. 2
Lucas Ford
as Guard No. 3
Alex Nesic
as Bailiff
Cynthia Shope
as Court Stenographer
Stephen Jared
as Military Guard No. 1
Randy Mulkey
as Military Guard No. 2
Karen Kahn
as Reporter No. 1
Paul Ghiringhelli
as Reporter No. 2
Danny Freeman
as Reporter No. 4
Linda Laing
as Reporter No. 5
Lee Whittaker
as Student in San Salva...
Alicia Kepler
as Mother Holding Baby
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Critic Reviews for High Crimes

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (37)

Comes off more like a misdemeanor, a flat, unconvincing drama that never catches fire.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

A well-mounted and well-acted suspense movie that, thanks to its illogical script, falls off a cliff midway through.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Mediocre thriller of the betrayed-woman genre.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Hampered by a bad script, this is a middling political thriler that's not supsenseful or dramatic enough to generate any interest in the proceedings; the good Morgan Freeman is totally wasted.

Full Review… | December 5, 2006

This is the work of a director who seems to have been as bored and uninspired making this movie as I was watching it.

Full Review… | January 7, 2004
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

High Crimes has its fair share of decent courtroom scenes but the legal tussles are far better than the emotional ones.

Full Review… | March 5, 2003

Audience Reviews for High Crimes


really good interesting and surprising twist

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

I like to think that my film ratings are aimed at great performances, storyline etc, rather than how good looking a person is, which is why this film gets a 3. It was an ok film, with ok performances and an ok storyline.

The reason I say this is because if I had such a thing as a list of good looking actors, then my guess would be, Jim Caviezel would be at the top.

VERDICT: Watchable, but forgetable

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


Ashley always plays the victim and does it very well. Great cast. Story about a husband who is accused of murder and his wife defends him in court. It has a twist though.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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