True Believer

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Released 1989

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Director:
Joseph Ruben
Released:
1989
Rating:
R
True Believer is a 1989 courtroom drama starring James Woods and Robert Downey Jr. in a story based on real events about the plight of one young Asian man who has served eight years of a murder sentence for a crime he didn't commit. Woods plays Eddie Dodd, a talented attorney whose years fighting uphill battles in civil rights cases has left him feeling burnt out and disenchanted about the judicial system. He now primarily defends drug dealers in cut-and-dried cases. Downey Jr. plays Roger Baron, a bright-eyed law school graduate who has studied Dodd's career with great respect. Dodd allows Baron to work with him and cut his teeth. The young attorney brings a case to Dodd's attention, involving a Korean who may have been wrongfully accused. Dodd reluctantly agrees to take the case, and the two lawyers quickly begin uncovering clues that all point towards a shocking conspiracy high-up in the legal system. True Believer is an exciting film full of great acting, based on the journalist K. W. Lee's investigation into Chol Soo Lee's wrongful imprisonment in 1973.moreless
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