High Crimes (2002)



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

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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, Rovi
PG-13 (for violence, sexual content and language)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Ashley Judd
as Claire Kubik
Morgan Freeman
as Charlie Grimes
Jim Caviezel
as Tom Kubik
Adam Scott
as Lt. Embry
Amanda Peet
as Jackie
Michael Gaston
as Maj. Waldron
Bruce Davison
as Gen. Marks
Tom Bower
as FBI Agent Mullins
Juan Carlos Hernández
as Maj. Hernandez
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" Jackson
as Male Attorney No. 2
Julia Mendoza
as Givens
Don Bajema
as Mr. Arguer
Edith Bryson
as Mrs. Arguer
Rusty Mahmood
as Mahmood
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
Andrew Wesely
as Marine
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
Elaine Corral Kendall
as Reporter No. 3
Danny Freeman
as Reporter No. 4
Linda Laing
as Reporter No. 5
Lee Whittaker
as Student in San Salvador
Alicia Kepler
as Mother Holding Baby
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All Critics (132) | Top Critics (34)

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

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A well-mounted and well-acted suspense movie that, thanks to its illogical script, falls off a cliff midway through.

July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Carl Franklin directs smoothly, but except for Freeman, the theatrics are pretty pro forma.

April 14, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Judd ... eyebrow-cocks her way through Carl Franklin's witless High Crimes.

Full Review… | April 9, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

In a movie like this, if you're not surprised, if you know what's going to happen and you can figure out everything then it ultimately falls flat and that's why it doesn't work for me.

April 8, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Stale and clichéd to a fault.

Full Review… | April 7, 2002
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Audience Reviews for High Crimes


really good interesting and surprising twist

Film Crazy
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
Lady D'arbanville

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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
Candy Rose

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