History Film / TheChase

11th Sep '17 4:20:35 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* HollywoodLaw: Jack Hammond is convicted of bank robbery after evidence that would exculpate him is excluded on the grounds that it was improperly collected from the crime scene by the police. This is an obvious absurdity: first, improper actions by the police can only prejudice the prosecution, not the defense. Second, mere errors in collection of the evidence would not normally raise constitutional (or statutory issues) that would lead to exclusion of the evidence. That is, if the evidence (blood left by the actual thief at the scene of one of the robberies) had been contaminated, that would not be grounds for its exclusion even if brought by the prosecution, unless the contamination was total that the evidence had no probative value whatsoever. The other side would be able to challenge the evidence, and the jury would have to sort it out. And finally, the defense could still point to the fact that this evidence was improperly collected as having given enough reasonable doubt to acquit their client...and this could also be brought up at the ''actual'' Red-Nosed Robber's trial, were they to ever catch him. In other words, if the police screwed up that badly, they would have just jeopardized ever actually bringing the culprit to justice.

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* HollywoodLaw: Jack Hammond is convicted of bank robbery after evidence that would exculpate him is excluded on the grounds that it was improperly collected from the crime scene by the police. This is an obvious absurdity: first, improper actions by the police can only prejudice the prosecution, not the defense. Second, mere errors in collection of the evidence would not normally raise constitutional (or statutory issues) that would lead to exclusion of the evidence. That is, if the evidence (blood left by the actual thief at the scene of one of the robberies) had been contaminated, that would not be grounds for its exclusion even if brought by the prosecution, unless the contamination was total that the evidence had no probative value whatsoever. The other side would be able to challenge the evidence, and the jury would have to sort it out. And finally, the defense could still point to the fact that this evidence was improperly collected as having given enough reasonable doubt to acquit their client...and this could also be brought up at the ''actual'' Red-Nosed Robber's trial, were they to ever catch him. In other words, if the police screwed up that badly, they would have just jeopardized ever actually bringing the culprit to justice. In the scene where this is explained Josephson (Jack's lawyer) is clearly aware of how messed up this is and is using it as an example of how his client was railroaded through the courts. The prosecution's only piece of evidence seems to have been that Jack owns a clown outfit.
12th Jun '17 4:52:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* LoveMakesYouCrazy: [[spoiler: Natalie]], who shoots at a ''police helicopter'', for Pete's sake! To paraphrase MeatLoaf: I would do anything for love, anything you've been dreaming of, but I would not do ''that''.

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* LoveMakesYouCrazy: [[spoiler: Natalie]], who shoots at a ''police helicopter'', for Pete's sake! To paraphrase MeatLoaf: Music/MeatLoaf: I would do anything for love, anything you've been dreaming of, but I would not do ''that''.
11th Jun '17 12:12:14 PM lorgskyegon
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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Jack shoots out the tire of a cop car driving at 90 MPH. Of course it really was improbably as Jack fired ''accidentally'' after hitting a pothole while pointing the gun. The shot causes the helicopter reporter to speculate that he was a Marine sharpshooter.
27th Apr '17 6:47:08 AM Fireblood
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* DramaticIrony: Most of the teevee reports speculate that Hammond planned this kidnapping meticulously, pointing out that he kidnapped the daughter of the richest man in California. The audience, of course, knows that Hammond was spooked by two cops recognizing the car he drove as a car reported stolen, used a candy bar to hold Natalie hostage, and used her car as a getaway because she was the only other one in the store at the time.

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* DramaticIrony: Most of the teevee TV reports speculate that Hammond planned this kidnapping meticulously, pointing out that he kidnapped the daughter of the richest man in California. The audience, of course, knows that Hammond was spooked by two cops recognizing the car he drove as a car reported stolen, used a candy bar to hold Natalie hostage, and used her car as a getaway because she was the only other one in the store at the time.



* MiscarriageOfJustice: What got Jack sent to San Quentin in the first place: An old lady saw him in a clown outfit, thought he was the "Red-Nosed Robber", and got him arrested. A crucial piece of evidence that would exonerate him was disallowed, and he was convicted. Obviously, Jack is no longer taking his chances with the justice system.

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* MiscarriageOfJustice: What got Jack sent to San Quentin in the first place: An an old lady saw him in a clown outfit, thought he was the "Red-Nosed Robber", and got him arrested. A crucial piece of evidence that would exonerate him was disallowed, and he was convicted. Obviously, Jack is no longer taking his chances with the justice system.



* NonIronicClown: Hammond's job before he was busted was being a clown for birthday parties, which was precisely ''why'' he was busted: Some guy had been robbing banks dressed as a clown.

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* NonIronicClown: Hammond's job before he was busted was being a clown for birthday parties, which was precisely ''why'' he was busted: Some some guy had been robbing banks dressed as a clown.



* StrawmanNewsMedia: Every single media outlet in Southern California is vapid. They go to insane lengths to get scoops (including a reporter ''hanging onto the side of a moving van'' just to get a picture inside the car.) It's part of the movie's DrinkingGame: Drink whenever some reporter tells you their channel is the first to bring you ''any''thing about the chase.

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* StrawmanNewsMedia: Every single media outlet in Southern California is vapid. They go to insane lengths to get scoops (including a reporter ''hanging onto the side of a moving van'' just to get a picture inside the car.) It's part of the movie's DrinkingGame: Drink drink whenever some reporter tells you their channel is the first to bring you ''any''thing about the chase.
10th Feb '17 9:55:28 AM Ambaryerno
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* DrivesLikeCrazy: As it's a high-speed car chase, naturally. Bonus points for Jack getting it on with Natalie (with Natalie climbing into his lap and sitting ''in front'' of him) at one point in the chase.
29th Sep '16 10:05:35 AM Mdumas43073
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1994 movie starring Creator/CharlieSheen and Creator/KristySwanson that goes out of its way to lampoon pretty much every single media tactic to get the scoop on the latest breaking news story.

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A 1994 action-comedy movie starring Creator/CharlieSheen and Creator/KristySwanson that goes out of its way to lampoon pretty much every single media tactic to get the scoop on the latest breaking news story.



The plot resembles that of the 1955 movie ''The Fast and the Furious'' (not to be confused with the modern franchise of movies of the same name.) And while there are some key differences, this movie also borrows liberally from the early Creator/RonHoward film ''Grand Theft Auto'' - yes, the same film which [[InNameOnly (very loosely)]] inspired the mega-successful, hookercidal video game series.

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The plot resembles that of the 1955 movie ''The Fast and the Furious'' (not to be confused with the [[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious modern movie franchise of movies of the same name.) that name]]). And while there are some key differences, this movie also borrows liberally from the early Creator/RonHoward film ''Grand Theft Auto'' - yes, the same film which [[InNameOnly (very loosely)]] inspired the mega-successful, hookercidal video game series.
15th May '16 11:31:05 PM PaulA
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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler:Natalie Voss]].


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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Voss is specifically referred to as "California's version of Creator/DonaldTrump". By extension, this would make Natalie a (somewhat older) fictionalized Ivanka Trump.
13th Nov '15 4:42:13 AM IlGreven
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* HollywoodLaw: Jack Hammond is convicted of bank robbery after evidence that would exculpate him is excluded on the grounds that it was improperly collected from the crime scene by the police. This is an obvious absurdity: first, improper actions by the police can only prejudice the prosecution, not the defense. Second, mere errors in collection of the evidence would not normally raise constitutional (or statutory issues) that would lead to exclusion of the evidence. That is, if the evidence (blood left by the actual thief at the scene of one of the robberies) had been contaminated, that would not be grounds for its exclusion even if brought by the prosecution, unless the contamination was total that the evidence had no probative value whatsoever. The other side would be able to challenge the evidence, and the jury would have to sort it out.

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* HollywoodLaw: Jack Hammond is convicted of bank robbery after evidence that would exculpate him is excluded on the grounds that it was improperly collected from the crime scene by the police. This is an obvious absurdity: first, improper actions by the police can only prejudice the prosecution, not the defense. Second, mere errors in collection of the evidence would not normally raise constitutional (or statutory issues) that would lead to exclusion of the evidence. That is, if the evidence (blood left by the actual thief at the scene of one of the robberies) had been contaminated, that would not be grounds for its exclusion even if brought by the prosecution, unless the contamination was total that the evidence had no probative value whatsoever. The other side would be able to challenge the evidence, and the jury would have to sort it out. And finally, the defense could still point to the fact that this evidence was improperly collected as having given enough reasonable doubt to acquit their client...and this could also be brought up at the ''actual'' Red-Nosed Robber's trial, were they to ever catch him. In other words, if the police screwed up that badly, they would have just jeopardized ever actually bringing the culprit to justice.
6th Oct '15 9:03:55 AM JamesAustin
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Jackson Hammond (Sheen), an escaped fugitive, has stopped for gas and a candy bar in an L.A. convenience store, when two LAPD officers walk in. Spooked, he grabs a woman in the store, takes her hostage, and flees with her in her car. Little does he realize he's just kidnapped heiress Natalie Voss (Swanson), unleashing [[CityOfWeirdos the biggest police chase Southern California has seen in at least a week]].

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Jackson Hammond (Sheen), an escaped fugitive, has stopped for gas and a candy bar in an L.A. convenience store, when two LAPD officers walk in. Spooked, he grabs a woman in the store, takes her hostage, and flees with her in her car. Little does he realize he's just kidnapped heiress Natalie Voss (Swanson), unleashing [[CityOfWeirdos the biggest police chase Southern California has seen [[CityOfWeirdos in at least a week]].
6th Oct '15 9:03:24 AM JamesAustin
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1994 movie starring Creator/CharlieSheen and Kristy Swanson that goes out of its way to lampoon pretty much every single media tactic to get the scoop on the latest breaking news story.

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1994 movie starring Creator/CharlieSheen and Kristy Swanson Creator/KristySwanson that goes out of its way to lampoon pretty much every single media tactic to get the scoop on the latest breaking news story.
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