True Believer

When idealistic Roger Baron (played by Robert Downey Jr.), a recent law school graduate, shows up to work for his long time idol, crusading civil rights attorney Eddie Dodd (played by James Woods), he receives a harsh reality check. There is no sign of the righteous firebrand he read about. In the crusader’s place Baron finds a disillusioned shyster making his living keeping drug dealers out of jail. Despite his disappointment Baron decides to stay and try to learn from this pale shadow of a once great man.

Within days Dodd gets approached by a Korean mother looking for an attorney for her incarcerated son facing new charges. The son, Shu Kai Kim, was originally convicted of a murder his mother swears he did not commit. Dodd decides to re-open the old case and prove Shu innocent. Dodd searches records of the original case and finds record of a mentally ill eye witness, Cecil Skell (played by Tom Bower), who was never included in the case. Skell insisted that Shu was not the gunman. Dodd uses Skell’s testimony to re-open the original murder case. In doing so, Dodd and Baron plunge into a murky forest of deceit, forged evidence, politics, corruption and adultery.

Robert Reynard (played by Kurtwood Smith), the District Attorney, faces off with Dodd and Baron. Reynard had famously cracked a drug smuggling ring by using paid informants. Reynard and Dodd are natural enemies and sparks whenever they are on screen together. The case is further hampered by stonewalling cops, reluctant witnesses and a seemingly accidental overdose. Only at the end do, Dodd and Baron finally connect all the pieces and discover who the real murderer is. Learning the truth only puts them in more danger until they can get to court and expose the lies to the light of justice.

R
| 1989 | 1 hr 48 min | 6.7/10
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Director
Joseph Ruben
Language
English
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