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Michael Douglas
Jesse Metcalfe.
Directors
Peter Hyams.
Screenwriters
Peter Hyams
Douglas Morrow.
Running Time
105 minutes

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Beyond A Reasonable Doubt
Remake of Fritz Lang's noir with Desperate Housewive's fit, young gardener in the lead.


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Plot
TV reporter tries to highlight justice issues at the DA dept. and his own potential for a pulitzer prize by framing himself for murder.


Review
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt
Desperate Housewives’ shirtless pool-boy Jesse Metcalfe stars as C. J., a cheesy TV host trying to be taken seriously as a reporter in this remake of a 1956 Fritz Lang noir. C. J. frames himself for murder in an attempt to expose the evidence-tampering of the DA (an under-used but welcome Michael Douglas), with one eye on justice and another on a Pulitzer.

Evidently, no-one told him Pulitzer Prizes aren’t actually handed out to TV reporters, but that’s the least of his problems as the plot’s twists and turns leave holes big enough to throw a gavel through. The biggest crime, however, is that Metcalfe’s limitations help the cool ’50s stylings end up like an ’80s TV movie.


Verdict
Comes across as more 80s TV movie than 50s period piece.


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