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USA & UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, James Caviezel, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Bruce Davison, Tom Bower, Juan Carlos Hernandez, Michael Gaston, Jude Ciccolella, Emilio Rivera, Michael Shannon, John Billingsley, Dendrie Taylor, Paula Jai Parker, John Apicella, Dawn Hudson, Samuel Sheng, Florence Regina, Julie Remala, Kyle T Heffner, Joe Mazza, Jesse Beaton, Wayne Terry, Julia Mendoza, Don Bajema, Edith Bryson, Rusty Mahmood, Patsy Rust, Adam Segen, Eddie Santiago, Arlen Escarpeta, Lucas Ford, Alex Nesic, Stephen Jared, Randy Mulkey, Karen Kahn, Paul Ghiringhelli, Elaine Corral Kendall, Danny Freeman, Lee Whittaker, C Andrew Nelson, Alex Procopio
Director: Carl Franklin
UK: 115 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate violence and sex references
USA Release Date: 5 April 2002
UK Release Date: 25 October 2002
Claire Kubik (Ashley Judd) is a happily married, high powered lawyer, looking to make partner in her firm and trying for a baby with her husband. Everything in her life is perfect until one day her world is turned upside down and illusions of happiness are shattered. Following a break in at their home, her husband Tom (Jim Caviezel) is dramatically arrested by the FBI and charged with murder in the first degree...
Tom is exposed as Ron Chapman, an ex-marine who served in Latin America and for fifteen years has been in hiding after being accused of massacring nine villagers. Convinced of his innocence, Claire vows to defend him even though the military courts are a world away from what she is used to. She enlists the help of Charlie Grimes (Morgan Freeman), an unconventional ex-army attorney, legal wildcard and recovering alcoholic, to help her save the man she loves.
As more clues come to light, it seems the case is just one part of a much larger cover up - but who are the real villains? As Claire and Charlie fight for justice, their attempts to prove Tom has been framed leads them to the highest ranks within the military. With nearly all witnesses to the massacre conveniently dead, the military becomes increasingly intimidating as Claire struggles to protect her husband, her career and her life.
Directed by Carl Franklin and adapted from the novel by Joseph Finder, HIGH CRIMES is an edgy action-packed thriller, full of twists and turns, right up to the heart pounding finale.
Running Time: 110 mins 25 secs
DVD Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (Wide-screen 16x9)
DVD Sound Quality: Dolby 5.1
DVD Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portugese, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Special Features:
Director's commentary (Sound 2.0)
A military Mystery - Interview with author Joseph Finder
FBI Takedown in Union Square - Making of featurette
A Different Kind of Justice - Military Justice featurette
Liar Liar: How to Beat a Polygraph - interview with FBI specialist
Together Again - Interview with Ashley Judd & Morgan Freeman
Car Crash - Making of featurette