Beyond A Reasonable Doubt

Synopsis: High profile lawyer Mark Hunter has an impeccable record putting criminals behind bars and is a shoo-in for governor in the upcoming election. But when ambitious rookie journalist, C.J. Nicholas begins investigating Hunter for tampering with evidence to secure his convictions, the district attorney's perfect record is up for scrutiny. Commencing a risky game of cat and mouse with Hunter, C.J. frames himself as a murder suspect to catch the corrupt D.A. in the act. Romantically involved with C.J. but unaware of his assignment, assistant D.A. Ella Crystal becomes caught between her boss's political ambitions and C.J.'s dangerous expose. As mounting evidence stacks up against both men, Ella's own life becomes threatened when she discovers incriminating proof that puts the fate of both C.J's innocence and Hunter's reputation in her hands.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Peter Hyams
Production: Anchor Bay Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Does it have to be that tight?

Well, we have to be absolutely

sure you can't see.

Don't we?

Now don't be nervous.

I'll... I'll try not to be.

All right, here we go.

Okay, next.

This is difficult.

- Can I try the first one again?

- No problem.

Here you are.

This one.

Yes, this one.

Now are you sure?

You don't want to try any of the others?

No, I'm sure.

This is the best.

Okay, why don't you take your blindfold

off and see which one you chose?

I can't believe it.

We tested 100 people,

just like Marsha here.

Another 29 people

chose the canned coffee.

That's a total of 51% who chose

the instant or canned coffee

over the $3-a-cup gourmet brand.

So the next time

you reach for your wallet,

are you really paying

for a superior blend,

or just a very fancy name?

This is CJ Nicholas for the News 8

Shreveport investigative team.

Hey, thanks, guys.

- I really appreciate it.

- That was hard hitting.

- I have chills.

- I hear the networks calling you.

Could you give me some cutaways?

And I'd really appreciate it

if you'd both bite me.

There really isn't much more to say.

Lucinda Harris was 22 years old.

She's never gonna have a career.

- Did I miss it?

- Almost.

She's never gonna have a marriage.

She's never gonna be able

to have her own baby,

hold it in her arms.

And her parents there are never

gonna be able to kiss her again,

watch how her life unfolds.

It's over.

It's done.

And do you know why?

Because this man sitting right here,

Andre Benson, felt that she didn't

give him her purse fast enough.

Oh, she gave it to him, all right.

Just not fast enough for Mr. Benson.

So he shot her.

He shot her three times.

Only once, she might

have been wounded.

Two times,

there would have been

a spark of life left in her.

So he made sure.

He made triple sure.

Now the defense would like to tell you

that our whole case is circumstantial.

There is no eyewitness,

no ballistic match,

no alibi.

Andre Benson was home

in his apartment alone

watching TV.

Probably "Jeopardy. "

The defense can also explain

why Mr. Benson ran

from the scene of the crime

when the police came

to his back door.

He's a young black man

in a high crime area.

Naturally you hear a loud bang

on your door, you get scared.

But do you know what?

We made sure too.

We made triple sure.

There's one thing he can't explain.

This cigarette butt

with Andre Benson's DNA

all over it

was found at the scene

of the crime

lying right next

to the deceased.

Now you have heard

the expert testimony

of the crime lab.

The odds of this not being

Andre Benson's DNA

is 6 billion to one.

That's right, 6 billion,

with a B,

to one.

Hunter dribbles behind

the three-point line.

Here comes the shot.

Now if you're willing to take that bet,

then I don't want to be

your district attorney.

- I want to be your bookie.

- Swish.

With this latest victory, you have

never lost a murder case.

Are you going to announce

your candidacy for governor?

- The latest polls have you ahead.

- One at a time, please.

- Are you running for governor?

- It's Paul, right?

Paul, let me tell you something.

A beautiful young woman's life

was taken away in a moment

of incomprehensible violence.

That's what today is about.

Now why do moments like this

keep happening on our streets?

Those are the things

we have to ask ourselves.

Tonight when we all go home,

we have our nice dinners,

we have to ask

what would make a man

take an innocent human life

and treat it with such little respect?

Just snuff it out

like a match in the wind?

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Peter Hyams

Peter Hyams (born July 26, 1943) is an American film director, screenwriter and cinematographer, known for directing Capricorn One, the 1981 science fiction thriller Outland, 2010 (the sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey), the 1986 action/comedy Running Scared, the comic book adaptation Timecop, the action film Sudden Death (both starring Jean-Claude Van Damme), and the horror films The Relic and End of Days. more…

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