True Believer (1989)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama


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A cynical former civil liberties attorney now reduced to "specializing" in defending drug dealers becomes transformed by an eight-year-old murder case.


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  • James Woods and Kurt Fuller in True Believer (1989)
  • Robert Downey Jr. in True Believer (1989)
  • James Woods and Robert Downey Jr. in True Believer (1989)
  • James Woods in True Believer (1989)
  • James Woods and Robert Downey Jr. in True Believer (1989)
  • James Woods and Robert Downey Jr. in True Believer (1989)

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21 April 2001 | jaspervanzyl
Truly a Memorable Film.
As a huge fan of Robert Downey, Jr. I anticipated this film for weeks when I heard it was on television. So, last Saturday night I turned on the TV and, I wasn't sorry.

James Woods is in a great performance as Edward Dunn, a hotshot attorney who hires Roger Baron (Robert Downey, Jr.) to clerk for him. Woods defends a Korean whom's mother believes that he's been wrongly accused. But all the facts points to the Korean (Yuji Okumodo)...

As I said, Woods is in a great performance, which unfortunately could have been much better had it not been for his wiggy hairdo. Downey is excellent, and you can actually feel his character's anticipation. You can also feel the coldness and bitterness of Okumodo's character. Kurtwood Smith is very interesting as Robert Reynard, and the rest of the cast are also in intruiging performances.

The film is at some points very hard to follow, but overall this film could well be one of the best crime dramas of the late 1980's.

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,009,692 20 February 1989

Gross USA:

$8,742,750

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,742,750

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