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Awesome: 1.52%
Worth A Look: 15.15%
Pretty Bad: 31.82%
Total Crap: 3.03%

6 reviews, 30 user ratings

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"Clint Eastwood should NOT have a 22 year old girlfriend."
2 stars

Forget about an innocent man facing the death penalty - Clint gettin' it on with someone less than 100 is the real frightening concept.

I can appreciate the fact that Clint Eastwood has been doing his own thing in Hollywood for a while now, and has managed to make some excellent movies over his 30-year career. He even won Best Director at one point. But he, along with Warren Beatty, Robert Redford and Michael Douglas, need to learn a very important lesson:


So, Clint's this reporter, and he has a history of "causin' a ruckus" with his crusading ways. He also drinks like a Kennedy and screws hot chicks. He's a right ornery fella. But James Woods, his editor for some unknown reason, gives Clint a story about a guy on death row. And Clint goes to visit him, all cool and detached, and he makes a shocking discovery:

The man is innocent. I think.

Well, it doesn't matter much, Clint gets it in his wrinkly ol' head that the guy didn't kill anybody, so he sets out to prove that this guy is innocent. He does this by getting witnesses to admit that they lied. Clint turns out to be the most brilliant cross-examiner in the universe. He says "Did you see him shoot the gun?" And the witness says "Yes. And here are several pictures I took of him shooting the gun". And Clint says "Are you sure?" To which the witness replies "No. I was lying all along." And Clint says "Aha!" Then he grabs his walker and trots outta there, to extract more confessions from the lying scum who set out to destroy this innocent man's life. But time is running out! And the innocent guy has a loving family! And a dog! And he's holding the winning lottery ticket! And Murtaugh is only 2 days away from retirement!

As you can see, this plot is older than Clint. It has been done so many times before, and so much better, that it's kind of sad to watch Clint trying to pull something interesting out of such a tired plot. You have to give the guy points for the effort. But, in the end, the audience knows what's going to happen from the first frame until the last, and Clint does nothing to surprise us. Except for that nude scene of his. Gah, my eyes are burning!

So very tired. Go rent "Play Misty for Me" to see how the old guy used to do it.

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User Comments

4/10/15 Ed Riddick Some isolated good moments--Woods/Eastwood scenes sometimes denigrate the story . 2 stars
10/01/09 Phil M. Afficiando Weak, ordinary, predictable, improbable thriller. Clint cannot save it. 2 stars
6/08/06 Peggy Doty CLINT IS GOOD 5 stars
5/19/06 mr.mike dreadful , not even a good tv-movie 2 stars
11/20/05 theresa clancy good 3 stars
3/01/05 tatum Death row drama vs. foul mouthed newspaper satire...death row wins 3 stars
6/15/04 John despite the predicatble story it's rather intense and suspenseful - feels real 4 stars
5/16/03 mr. Pink Boring, unoriginal in every way and filled with laziness. Avoid! 2 stars
4/17/03 Dr. Zinn Poor 2nd-rate television quality script. Surprised Eastwood did it. 2 stars
1/04/03 Jack Sommersby Crackerjack entertainment. Familiar but excellently executed. 4 stars
3/03/02 R.W. Welch Nothing original here, essentially a rehash of old plots. 3 stars
9/23/01 Larry Smith HOW come the "law" convicts innocent men? 4 stars
8/19/01 Dr. Thompson Only good for James Woods dirtbag boss acting 4 stars
4/10/01 Spetters Must be one of Clint´s worst movies. Lame and uninteresting. 1 stars
3/27/01 Monster W. Kung Predictable... definitely inferior to Absolute Power. 2 stars
9/03/00 doug Pretty good. 4 stars
8/24/00 Bender You've seen it all before, but still good. 4 stars
7/10/00 Elvisfan One of the stupidest movies I've seen in awhile; Washington was great, tho 2 stars
5/07/00 tank Circumvents its cliches and provides a fine character study 4 stars
4/18/00 Jed A bit sub-par at first but it get's better as it develop's 3 stars
9/24/99 KK "Speed Zoo" was the best scene in the movie. Overall it sucked. 1 stars
5/18/99 Bruce Hedge This movie is identical to one a couple of years ago-- which one??? 2 stars
5/15/99 lucas jackson The movie was great except for the fucking office politics which were fucking shitty! 3 stars
4/30/99 Lisa Loved the message, but the story was predictable. Denis Leary's character was pointless. 3 stars
4/14/99 Ah Dooey Eastwood, dammit... what the hell were you thinking? 2 stars
4/11/99 Daddy Rich Isaiah Washington is wonderful. The whole story and ending are great. 4 stars
4/07/99 agustin great storytelling to a all too familiar ending 3 stars
3/30/99 Bouchanel Not as profound as Dead Man Walking 4 stars
3/25/99 jvt Not the movie you'd expect 4 stars
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