True Crime

Synopsis: Steve Everett, Oakland Tribune journalist with a passion for women and alcohol, is given the coverage of the upcoming execution of murderer Frank Beachum. His attractive colleague Michelle died in a car accident the night before. Bob Findley, Steve's boss and husband to Steve's current affair, wants him dead and gone as soon as possible. When Steve stumbles across the possibility of Frank Beachum being innocently on death row, Bob feels his time to have come. Now Steve only has a few hours left to prove the innocence of Frank and to be right with this theory, as he definitely will be history if he's not.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
127 min

Blood pressure:
120 over 70.


All right, open wide.

Looks fine. Healthy as a horse.

Just one more thing, Luther.

You got to whiz in the cup, Frank.

Then we're done.

F*** them!

We going to argue

the merits of journalism?

You trying to tell me

that's journalism?

Look, Michelle...'s been a long weekend.

Everybody's shooting one another

and I've got to write about it.

I'm serious.

I'm tired of the crap, you know?

I should get my Ph.D. Then I could

write about stuff that matters.

You're 23 years old.

You don't know anything that matters.

Well, f*** you too, Ev!

All right, here's a shoulder.

- What did they do to you?

- Not "they." He.


He killed my sidebar

on the Frank Beechum murder.

That case stinks anyway,

but it's not the point.

- I read that sidebar.

- It was good. Admit it.

Best I've written in months.

That was the one where you say

that the media...

...glorified Beechum's victim

to mask our patriarchal culture...

...which created the violence

that destroyed her.

You're right.

He should have never killed that.

- F***ing-A!

- I would've tortured it.

Well, it might have enjoyed that.

I think it would've enjoyed

every second of that.

Another round?

Another margarita for the lady,

and I'll have my usual.

Not your "usual" usual?

No, my new usual.

Virgin Mary.

And heavy on the...

Tell me something.

If you're such hot sh*t, why are you

stuck here in Bumfuck, California?

Looking for love.

You've come to all the wrong places.

Not from where I sit.

It's not good. Not smart.

- What's smart got to do with anything?

- I can't do this.

I got to go.

I got to go.

You're married and you're...

I can't do this.

I got to go.

Next time?

Yeah, next time.


We're out!

Just hold on. I can't hear you.

Morning, Frank.

Can I get you anything?

Some breakfast?

Well, if I can get, like...

...a roll and some coffee.

I'll get that right away.

You're not wearing

your protective glasses.

You heard about it?

What a tragedy.

The Raiders are a tragedy.

She drunk?

I don't know.

It was Dead Man's Curve.

- Did she have anything big on?

- The interview with Beechum... San Quentin,

then the execution tonight.

It's worse for Michelle.

You think so, Bob?

If the warden will okay

a replacement for the interview...

...I'll take Harvey out

of that meeting.

- Put Everett on it.

- Steve has the day off.

Not anymore. He can do the interview

and witness the execution.

And what's-his-name,

the warden at San Quentin...

Steve's dealt with him before.

I can get him in.

- You think Everett's an a**hole.

- I don't think that.

You're wrong. He is an a**hole.

Trust me, I know him.

But a lot of people who are good

at their jobs are a**holes.

I know that, Alan, all right?

It's not about that.

Everything with Everett is a witch-hunt,

like that Mike Vargas piece.

He's not a drunk now.

Two months ago he's a drunk,

now he's Mother Teresa.

This is not a Steve Everett

slash-and-burn job.

This is a sidebar.

It's an issue piece.

"An issue piece."

Well, dog my cats!

It's capital punishment, Alan.

We are putting a man to death tonight.

We are killing a human being.

Stop the presses!

By the way,

that Amy what's-her-name...

...the pregnant broad

Frankie shot in the throat...

...was she a human being?

Is that part of the issue?

Yeah, that is part of the issue.

Let me tell you...


Issues are sh*t we use

as an excuse to run good stories.

"Judge Grabs Female Attorney's Tits."

The sex discrimination "issue."

"Nine-year-old Shoots

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Larry Gross

Larry Gross (born 1953) is an American screenwriter, producer, and director. He is a visiting professor of film and new media at New York University Abu Dhabi. Best known for his collaborations with Walter Hill, his credits include 48 Hrs. (1982), Streets of Fire (1984), and uncredited contributions to Ralph Bakshi's Cool World (1992). He won the 2004 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival for We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004). His criticism has appeared in Film Comment and Sight & Sound.Gross attended St Edmund Hall, Oxford and Bard College, from which he graduated in 1974. He later completed an MA in English at Columbia University (where he subsequently served as an adjunct assistant professor of film) and an MA in film studies at New York University.In 2008, Gross who is the co-writer of 48 Hrs. has his contemporaneous diary of his days on set published on the MovieCityNews website. more…

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