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.
R (for language, a scene of sexuality and some violence)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Bruce Greenwood
as Nick Parsons
Ashley Judd
as Libby Parsons
Tommy Lee Jones
as Travis Lehman
Annabeth Gish
as Angela Green
Bruce Campbell
as Bartender at Party
Gabrielle Rose
as Georgia
Babs Chula
as Ruby
Jay Brazeau
as Bobby
Daniel Lapaine
as Computer Guy
Pamela Perry
as Mrs. Kritch
Enuka Okuma
as Parolee
Brennan Elliott
as Yuppie Man
Jason Douglas
as Detective
Davenia McFadden
as Evelyn Lake
Roger R. Cross
as Hotel Manager
Roma Maffia
as Margaret Skolowski
Michelle Stafford
as Suzanne Monroe
Fulvio Cecere
as BMW Salesman
Tom McBeath
as Coast Guard Officer
Gillian Barber
as Rebecca Tingely
Joy Coghill
as Neighbor in Garden
Spencer Treat Clark
as Matty Parsons (age 11)
Woody Jeffreys
as Watch Stander
Lance Spellerberg
as Bachelor at Auction
Bernard Cuffling
as Gallery Owner
Joe Simon
as Singer at Auction
Bob Harris
as Preacher
George Gordon
as Emergency Room Doctor
Dave Hager
as Mangold
Harold Evans
as New Orleans Cabbie
Anna Hagan
as Libby's Mother
Austin B. Church
as Scarf Woman's Husband
Ben Bode
as Karl Carruthers
Addison Ridge
as Boy at Door
Deryl Hayes
as New Orleans Cop
Brent Woolsey
as Mounted Cop
Benjamin Weir
as Matty Parsons (age 4)
David Jacox
as Deputy Ben
Ramona Tyler
as Bidder
Crystal Verge
as Housewife
Eliza Murbach
as Coed with Umbrella
Edward Evanko
as Warren
Keegan Tracy
as Boutique Saleswoman
Greg Di Leo
as Bachelor at Auction
Charlie Detraz
as Auctioneer
Angela Schneider
as Yuppie Girl
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
Captain Peter Kimmerly
as Ferry Captain
Barth C. Phillips
as Singer in Jackson Square
Reginald Ringo
as Singer in Jackson Square
Jerome Alexander
as Singer in Jackson Square
George Hunter
as Singer in Jackson Square
Ingrid Torrence
as Maison Beau Coeur Clerk
Tim McDermott
as Bell Hop
Greg Touliatos
as New Orleans Bartender
George Montgomery II
as Matty Pretender
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Critic Reviews for Double Jeopardy

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (23)

One of the dumbest chase thrillers ever to stumble onto the big screen!

December 31, 1999
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

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

December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

It has no subtlety, no shadings, and no suspense, and might as well not have a screenplay.

December 31, 1999
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

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

December 31, 1999
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Ms. Judd looks too dainty to throw herself into anything more reckless than a manicure.

December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

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
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
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
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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