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High Crimes (2002)

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High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who has been living under a false name, is arrested by military police and placed on trial for the murder of villagers while he was in the Marines.

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Carl Franklin

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Joseph Finder (novel), Yuri Zeltser (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Judd ... Claire Kubik
Morgan Freeman ... Charles W. Grimes
Jim Caviezel ... Tom Kubik / Sgt. Ron Chapman
Adam Scott ... Lt. Terrence Embry
Amanda Peet ... Jackie
Bruce Davison ... Brig. Gen. Bill Marks
Tom Bower ... FBI Agent Mullins
Juan Carlos Hernández ... Maj. James Hernandez
Michael Gaston ... Maj. Lucas Waldron
Jude Ciccolella ... Col. Farrell
Emilio Rivera ... Salvadoran Man
Michael Shannon ... Troy Abbott
John Billingsley ... Lie Detector Coach
Dendrie Taylor ... Lola
Paula Jai Parker ... Gracie
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Storyline

High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who she thought was Tom Kubik, is arrested and is revealed to be Ron Chapman. Chapman is on trial for a murder of Latin American villagers while he was in the Marines. Claire soon learns that to navigate the military justice system, she'll need help from the somewhat unconventional Charlie Grimes; meanwhile, Claire's sister, Jackie, is falling in love with wet-behind-the-ears Lieutenant Embry assigned as the official defense lawyer. And most of the eyewitnesses have rather too conveniently died. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Everything you trust. Everything you know. May be a lie...


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12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 August 2002 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimen en primer grado See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe River, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,005,550, 7 April 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,543,207, 18 August 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,781,100
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In early versions of the script, Ashley Judd's character was to be a Harvard law professor. See more »

Goofs

Even though Claire is a criminal law attorney it is highly unlikely Claire can learn even the basics of military law in such a short time period. Both practices are vastly different. See more »

Quotes

Claire Kubik: I can't. I'm trying to get pregnant.
Charlie Grimes: Well. I'm not trying to get pregnant.
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Soundtracks

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Words and Music by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Performed by Lou Rawls
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Like Ashley? You'd better.
27 August 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

Because "High Crimes" sticks Judd in front of the camera in almost every scene as its contrived formula story full of cliche characters wells around her. Fortunately, Judd manages to hold this less than sterling film together as it worms and squirms its way through the story of a happy wife and trial lawyer who finds her husband might not be who she thought he was and has to try to wrest him from the clutches of a military courtmartial, a possible death sentence, and a coverup conspiracy. "High Crimes" is busy enough to hold interest through endless plotholes and implausibilities making for an okay no-brainer couch potato watch. A must see for Judd fans and a so-so watch for all others. (B-)


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