History Film / DoubleJeopardy

24th Feb '17 9:07:22 AM Peridonyx
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* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: As discussed above, Libby commits numerous crimes in the course of tracking down her husband, whom she's planning to kill (and DOES kill, albeit by that point, it was a genuine case of self-defense rather than a revenge killing), all of which appear to have been completely disregarded by the time the film ends.

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* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: As discussed above, Libby commits numerous crimes in the course of tracking down her husband, whom she's planning to kill (and DOES kill, albeit by that point, it was a genuine case of self-defense rather than a revenge killing), all of which appear to have been completely disregarded by the time the film ends. Granted, it would be possible for her to plead out in exchange for time-served credit.
24th Feb '17 9:03:46 AM Peridonyx
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* HollywoodLaw: As pointed out by pretty much everyone, including [[http://www.worldfamouscomics.com/law/back20000201.shtml this column]], the whole plot runs on this. Ashley Judd is framed by her husband for his own murder and serves prison time. When she gets paroled, she hunts him down and brags that she could kill him and get away with it because she's already been convicted of that crime and double jeopardy means she can't be prosecuted for it again. Problem is, she was convicted of ''that'' crime (that is, of "murdering" him at that specific time, in that specific place). Hunting him down to another city and killing him ''there'', ''then'', [[http://www.scribd.com/doc/52357894/Alan-Dershowitz would be another crime entirely]], and thus she could be justly convicted of it. Not to mention the host of other crimes she committed, including burglary, theft, destruction of property, escape from custody, assault on a law enforcement officer, unlicensed possession of a firearm, transporting an unlicensed weapon across state lines, assault with intent to kill (all of them violating her parole, which would send her back to prison) and probably more, which could put her away for years themselves, perhaps even [[{{Irony}} for the same time or longer than her original sentence]]. [[CaptainObvious Not to mention the fact that she didn't actually kill him that first time...]]

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* HollywoodLaw: As pointed out by pretty much everyone, including [[http://www.worldfamouscomics.com/law/back20000201.shtml this column]], the whole plot runs on this. Ashley Judd is framed by her husband for his own murder and serves prison time. When she gets paroled, she hunts him down and brags that she could kill him and get away with it because she's already been convicted of that crime and double jeopardy means she can't be prosecuted for it again. Problem is, she was convicted of ''that'' crime (that is, of "murdering" him at that specific time, in that specific place). Hunting him down to another city and killing him ''there'', ''then'', [[http://www.scribd.com/doc/52357894/Alan-Dershowitz would be another crime entirely]], and thus she could be justly convicted of it. Not to mention the host of other crimes she committed, including burglary, theft, destruction of property, escape from custody, assault on a law enforcement officer, unlicensed possession of a firearm, transporting an unlicensed weapon across state lines, assault with intent to kill (all of them violating her parole, which would send her back to prison) and probably more, which could put her away for years themselves, perhaps even [[{{Irony}} for the same time or longer than her original sentence]]. [[CaptainObvious Not to mention the fact that she didn't actually kill him that first time...]]]] [[note]]Of course, she could still plead out and/or agree not to sue, in exchange for credit for time already served.[[/note]]
25th Aug '16 7:23:16 PM Mdumas43073
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25th Aug '16 7:16:38 PM Mdumas43073
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A 1999 thriller starring Creator/AshleyJudd, Creator/BruceGreenwood and Creator/TommyLeeJones. Directed by Bruce Beresford. The film begins with a wealthy couple going sailing with a yacht. The wife Elizabeth "Libby" Parsons (Judd) falls asleep for a while. When she awakes, her husband Nick (Greenwood) is nowhere to be found. What can be found is blood everywhere, on her body, her clothes, the boat's floors ... and on a knife placed on the deck. She has no idea what happened.

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A 1999 thriller directed by Bruce Beresford, starring Creator/AshleyJudd, Creator/BruceGreenwood Creator/BruceGreenwood, and Creator/TommyLeeJones. Directed by Bruce Beresford. Creator/TommyLeeJones.

The film begins with a wealthy couple going sailing with a yacht. The wife wife, Elizabeth "Libby" Parsons (Judd) (Judd), falls asleep for a while. When she awakes, her husband Nick (Greenwood) is nowhere to be found. What can ''can'' be found is blood everywhere, on her body, her clothes, the boat's floors ... and on a knife placed on the deck. She has no idea what happened.
18th Mar '16 8:17:17 PM DrOO7
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* ApatheticCitizens: A bartender shreds Libby' s "Wanted" poster, declaring, "No reward. Screw 'em"

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* ApatheticCitizens: A bartender shreds Libby' s "Wanted" poster, declaring, "No reward. Screw 'em"'em.", then advises her that they will be posted all over town, then caps it off by giving her an umbrella and urging her to get out of there before the cops show up. The viewer knows that Libby is innocent, but he doesn't and for all he knows, he's happily aiding and abetting a fugitive all because there's nothing in it for him if he turns her in.


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** She outright says to Nick, "I could shoot you in the middle of Mardi Gras. . .", indicating that it ''is'' that time of the year.
3rd Mar '16 7:12:15 PM DrOO7
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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Matty is remarkably calm to be greeted by a mother he not only hasn't seen in six years, but was told was dead.

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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Matty blows the whole scheme with one word--"Daddy!"--cheerfully greeting his father as he returns home. At the end, he is remarkably calm to be greeted by a mother he not only hasn't seen in six years, but was told was dead.


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* TheNotLoveInterest: Travis and Libby. Most movies would have had them hook up or at least hint at it by the end, but there isn't a shred of attraction or sexual tension between them.
1st Mar '16 10:59:28 PM DrOO7
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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Matty is remarkably calm to be greeted by a mother he not only hasn't seen in six years, but was told was dead.



* KidsAreInnocent: Matty is remarkably unfazed to be greeted with a mother who he not only hasn't seen in six years



* MotiveEqualsConclusiveEvidence: The prosecution claims Libby killed Nick for the insurance money, harping on the fact that she's the beneficiary, ignoring the fact that (a) given that she was his ''wife'', she would naturally be this, and (b) as a wealthy couple, the payout would be larger than average. When she tries to explain to her own lawyer that Nick got the policy to make sure that she and their son would be okay in the even of his death, he counters with "there's a big difference between "okay" and one million dollars". Libby is shocked as she was genuinely unaware the amount was so large.

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* MotiveEqualsConclusiveEvidence: The prosecution claims Libby killed Nick for the insurance money, harping on the fact that she's the beneficiary, ignoring the fact that (a) given that she was his ''wife'', she would naturally be this, and (b) as a wealthy couple, the payout would be larger than average. When she tries to explain to her own lawyer that Nick got the policy to make sure that she and their son would be okay in the even event of his death, he counters with "there's a big difference between "okay" and one million dollars". Libby is shocked as she was genuinely unaware the amount was so large.
28th Feb '16 11:13:14 PM DrOO7
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* DistaffCounterpart[=/=]GenderFlip: A person wrongly convicted of murder escaping from custody, determined to track down those responsible, pursued and eventually aided by an equally determined lawman played by Creator/TommyLeeJones? No, this isn't ''Film/TheFugitive'' (or another sequel), but as numerous reviews pointed out, it's essentially a female version of it, right down to the misleading 911 call, Libby wailing "I didn't kill my husband", and later being chased though a street fair just barely eluding capture.
* FakingTheDead: Nick. And Lehman and Libby threaten to pull the same stunt on Nick, regarding ''her'', if he does not turn over their son.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Even if the trailer hadn't already told you everything, the little look exchanged between Nick and Angie just before he reveals that he bought Libby a boat should tip off even the most GenreBlind viewer to the fact that something's going on between them.

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* DistaffCounterpart[=/=]GenderFlip: A person wrongly convicted of murder escaping from custody, determined to track down those responsible, pursued and eventually aided by an equally determined lawman played by Creator/TommyLeeJones? No, this isn't ''Film/TheFugitive'' (or another sequel), but as numerous reviews pointed out, it's essentially basically a female version of it, right down to the misleading 911 call, Libby wailing "I didn't kill my husband", and later being chased though a street fair just barely eluding capture.
* FakingTheDead: Nick. And Lehman and Libby threaten to pull the same stunt on Nick, regarding ''her'', if he does not turn over their son.
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** Nick has already been doing this with Libby--when she and Matty are reunited at the end, he tells her that he was told that she was dead.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Even if the trailer hadn't already told you everything, the little look exchanged between Nick and Angie just before he reveals that he bought Libby a boat should tip off even the most GenreBlind viewer to the fact that something's going on between them.them (one of the few things that ''was'' left out of the trailer).


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** Her lawyer should also have been able to get her acquitted or a mistrial the first time. As bad as things may have looked (her covered in his blood and holding the knife, the hefty insurance policy), there should have been a myriad of people to testify to their (ostensibly) happy marriage. Surely, even ONE juror would have harbored enough reasonable doubt to cause a hung jury.


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* KidsAreInnocent: Matty is remarkably unfazed to be greeted with a mother who he not only hasn't seen in six years


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* MamaBear: The sole thing that keeps Libby going is her desire to be reunited with her son. She's even willing to leave Nick alone and not blow his cover story as long as he gives him to her.


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* OffToBoardingSchool: What Nick has done with Matty. Granted, it seems to be a very nice place and he looks happy there, but it seems to add another layer of Jerkassery to Nick for sending him away rather than keeping him with him.
7th Feb '16 7:32:45 PM DrOO7
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* ApatheticCitizens: A bartender shreds Libby' s "Wanted" poster, declaring, "No reward. Screw 'em"
10th Jan '16 3:41:08 PM DrOO7
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* BaitAndSwitchGunshot: Nick is about to shoot Lehman for a second time and finish him off when Libby manages to grab her own gun and put several bullets into him.



* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: [[spoiler: Nick grabs her and knocks her out (during the cemetery scene), where he had said she'd meet their son]].

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* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: [[spoiler: Nick grabs her and knocks her out (during the cemetery scene), where he had said she'd meet their son]].son. Nick is also about to shoot her when Lehman manages to get up and jump on him]].



* DistaffCounterpart[=/=]GenderFlip: A person wrongly convicted of murder escaping from custody, determined to track down those responsible, pursued and eventually aided by an equally determined lawman played by Creator/TommyLeeJones? No, this isn't ''Film/TheFugitive'' (or another sequel), but as numerous reviews pointed out, it's essentially a female version of it. To the point where there's a misleading 911 call, Libby wails "I didn't kill my husband", and she's chased though a street fair just barely eluding capture.

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* DistaffCounterpart[=/=]GenderFlip: A person wrongly convicted of murder escaping from custody, determined to track down those responsible, pursued and eventually aided by an equally determined lawman played by Creator/TommyLeeJones? No, this isn't ''Film/TheFugitive'' (or another sequel), but as numerous reviews pointed out, it's essentially a female version of it. To it, right down to the point where there's a misleading 911 call, Libby wails wailing "I didn't kill my husband", and she's later being chased though a street fair just barely eluding capture.


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* OnlyAFleshWound: Lehman is shot in the shoulder in the scuffle between him, Nick, and Libby, but true to form, is wearing only a sling in the final scene.
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