Synopsis: Wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous Ted Crawford, a structural engineer in Los Angeles, shoots his wife and entraps her lover. He signs a confession; at the arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot who's soon to join a fancy civil-law firm, told by everyone it's an open and shut case. Crawford sees Beachum's weakness, the hairline fracture of his character: Willy's a winner. The engineer sets in motion a clockwork crime with all the objects moving in ways he predicts.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Gregory Hoblit
Production: New Line
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

The NTSB guys are here

about that bulkhead problem.

OK, thanks.

It's there.

I should run the algorithms,

though, don't you think?


You wanna wait for those

spectrometer results?




What about dinner, tonight?

Ha. We go out to dinner...

we might never come back.


Hee hee!

I wanna wake up with you...

Mrs. Smith.

I want to at least see where you live.

I live here...

Mr. Smith.

Metro division.

Uh, Lieutenant Nunally, please.

Uh, Lieutenant Nunally

comes on at 6:
00 tonight.

Can someone else help you?

No, that's OK, I'll see him later.

Thank you.




Afternoon, Ciro.

- Hello there.

- Ahh.

You're home early.


I just felt, um...

a sudden urge.

Are you OK?

Ah... Yeah.

I could use a hug.


You know,

I've been watching you sleep...

at night.

That's creepy.

Huh. Yeah.

Yeah, sometimes when I'm at work...

I'll start thinking about you...

and I'll just get...

Ahh, just overwhelmed.


It's a dense, crushing...

geophysical force,

like I'm pinned to the core...

while things change, you know?

Do you ever get

that way about me, Jen?

I really don't think I can do

one of these tonight.

I'm just... huh...

trying to describe my feelings.

Those don't sound like feelings.


What's the sound of a feeling?

You think you're

so much smarter than me.

Must make you feel very powerful.

Helpless, actually.

OK, maybe it's time to really talk.


- No?

- No.




I'll go change.

I'll make some dinner.

I love you.

I know.

Does he...

Mrs. Smith?

I'm sorry.

Don't be.

Knowledge is pain.

I'm used to that.

Not that I don't get

some little pleasures...

in return for the pain, mind you.

Mr. And Mrs. Crawford?

You all right?

Everybody OK in there?

Did you notice anything

out of the ordinary?

Did you see anything unusual?

Mr. And Mrs. Crawford.

Nobody else?

No. No.

Flores, how you been?

Good, good, you know, same.

We've got one witness,

maybe, uh, the gardener.

His name's Ciro.

Hey, guys, this is Lieutenant Nunally.

Good to meet you.

Hello, sir.

So what do we know?

Mr. Crawford?

Who is this?

My name is Lieutenant

Robert Nunally.

I'm a hostage negotiator

with the L.A.P.D.

Mr. Crawford?


You two, let's go.

Just you, please.

Mr. Crawford?

I'm just gonna...

slide the door open

just a bit, all right?



Do I call you Rob?

Sure, yeah. If you want to.

Lots of vampires out there.

Mr. Crawford...

what do you say

you gimme the gun?

That way I can pay more

attention to what you're saying.

All right?

Is that your best shot... Rob?

So to speak.

Tell you what. I will if you will.

We both put down our guns.

We set them down

and we step away.

Then you can pay attention

to what I'm saying.

All right, I'm gonna have to ask you...

to put yours down first, then.

Then you have my word.

Everybody gives a little...

we'll see what we can do...

about getting you

what you want, OK?

Happy ending, then.

So Mr. Crawford, your gardener tells it

that... that your wife...

It's Ted.

I'm sorry.

You can call me Ted.

Ted. Great.


Your wife, is she here?

Is she all right?

I don't think she is.

I shot her.

You shot your wife.

It's just like I suddenly snapped...

and I got the gun and

I shot her in the head.

I know it was wrong.

Are you listening to me, Rob?

Uh... Jesus Christ.

You know, I read somewhere

that the best place...

to find a pulse

is in the femoral artery.

It's on the inner surface

of the upper thigh.

So if you just, uh, put your fingers...

up her skirt...

you'll find it.

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Daniel Pyne

Daniel Pyne is a writer and producer, known for Fracture (2007), Any Given Sunday (1999) and The Sum of All Fears (2002). more…

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