True Crime

1999

True Crime

Critics Consensus

True Crime has the potential for a gripping character-driven mystery, but a pedestrian story and a miscast Clint Eastwood undermine its effectiveness.

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Total Count: 41

49%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 15,078
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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 editor, Bob Findley. Furthermore, Everett's unorthodox conduct has personal consequences for Findley. In fact, when Findley wants to send Everett on a particular assignment, the editor calls home and asks his own wife, who is in bed with Everett at the time, to please put Everett on the phone. Findley has made the call because another reporter, covering the impending San Quentin execution of convicted murderer Frank Beachum, has been killed in an automobile accident. The final interview with the condemned man has, therefore, been handed to Everett, who reluctantly begins to do a little research on the case, anticipating a routine story....Steve Everett, harried, hassled and trying not to self-destruct, has less than 12 hours to save the life of a man he knows is innocent.

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Cast

Clint Eastwood
as Steve Everett
Isaiah Washington
as Frank Beachum
Diane Venora
as Barbara
Michael McKean
as Rev. Shillerman
Frances Fisher
as Cecilia Nussbaum
Hattie Winston
as Mrs. Russel
Mary McCormack
as Michelle Ziegler
Penny Bae Bridges
as Gail Beachum
Francesca Eastwood
as Kate Everett
John Finn
as Reedy
Lucy Liu
as Toy Shop Girl
Laila Robins
as Patricia Findley
Erik King
as Pussy Man
Graham Beckel
as Arnold McCardle
Marissa Ribisi
as Amy Wilson
Christine Ebersole
as Bridget Rossiter
Anthony Zerbe
as Henry Lowenstein
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Critic Reviews for True Crime

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (8)

Audience Reviews for True Crime

  • Nov 29, 2011
    Clint Eastwood had a string of self-directed run-of-the-mill thrillers around the turn of the century and this was one of them. There's nothing we haven't seen here before, folks.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2011
    Clint Eastwood had a string of self-directed run-of-the-mill thrillers around the turn of the century and this was one of them. There's nothing we haven't seen here before, folks.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2010
    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 R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2010
    cliched in almost every way but with strong performances from a good cast (james woods especially) in a drama/thriller with the right balance of comedic moments clint just about gets away with it
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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