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->''I killed my wife... Prove it.''

''Fracture'' is a 2007 thriller, directed by Gregory Hoblit and starring Creator/AnthonyHopkins and Creator/RyanGosling.

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''Fracture'' ''Fracture"'' is a 2007 thriller, directed by Gregory Hoblit and starring Creator/AnthonyHopkins and Creator/RyanGosling.


* CoolCar: Crawford drives a Porsche Carrera GT. Beachum drives a 1974 BMW 3.0 CSi.

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* CoolCar: Crawford drives a Porsche Carrera GT. Beachum drives a 1974 BMW 3.0 CSi.[=CSi=].

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* CoolCar: Crawford drives a Porsche Carrera GT. Beachum drives a 1974 BMW 3.0 CSi.

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* {{Shoutout}}: Beachum wears a tuxedo when he first comes to the court for the Crawford case. At some point, the judge calls him [[Franchise/JamesBond 007]].

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* YourCheatingHeart: Crawford's wife has an affair with Nunally. Crawford finds it out and decides to murder his wife.

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* YouAreTooLate: Beachum arrives too late at the hospital to prevent Crawford from removing his wife's life support.



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* BigDamnHeroes: {{Subverted|Trope}}. As Crawford is going to remove his wife's life support, Beachum receives a court order barring Crawford to do so. He drives to the hospital at full speed, but he arrives just too late to save her.


* MaliciousMisnaming: Crawford repeatedly refers to William Beachum as "Billy" to mock him as a little boy trying to play games with an older genius such as him. Beachum tries to convince Crawford that he has no problem with it, but it's clear that he does.

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* MaliciousMisnaming: Crawford repeatedly refers to William Beachum as "Billy" "Willy" to mock him as a little boy trying to play games with an older genius such as him. Beachum tries to convince Crawford that he has no problem with it, but it's clear that he does.




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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Nunally off-handily mentions [[spoiler:he's married with children. Early on, he asks Jennifer to run away with him, and later kills himself, with his family never mentioned again.]]


* GambitRoulette: The plot requires that the correct cop be called into the scene of a murder, recognize the victim as the woman he was having an affair with, and then attack her husband. Furthermore, it required that he not kill her husband, but be sufficiently angry to not notice that the husband was switching their guns.

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* GambitRoulette: The plot requires that the correct cop be called into the scene of a murder, recognize the victim as the woman he was having an affair with, and then attack her husband. Furthermore, it required that he not kill her husband, but be sufficiently angry to not notice that the husband was switching their guns. Only parts of the gambit get justified: when the cop walks into the house, one of the first things he sees is a gigantic portrait of the victim, making it impossible for him not to recognize her, and Crawford makes sure he gets attacked by needling him.

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Mrs Crawford is shot in the first ten minutes and spends the rest of the film in a coma, but is central to the plot.


* HollywoodLaw: Ted Crawford is on trial for the attempted murder of his wife, who'd cheated on him. Due to various ploys, he has some of the prosecution's key evidence excluded and gets acquitted. Then, to make things worse, he decides to remove his wife from life support (who's in a coma since he shot her), as he's her next-of-kin. Young prosecutor Willy Beachum gets a court order to stop him, but hospital security prevents him from entering the room, and his wife dies. Beachum then finds some new evidence, and looks up exceptions to double jeopardy with which to file a murder charge against Crawford. The movie closes with Crawford on trial again, this time with the expectation that he'll get found guilty and justice will be served. First of all: security guards likely would get in trouble for stopping a person waving a court order. Aside from that, the supposed exception to double jeopardy doesn't hold up. Attempted murder is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser_included_offence lesser included offence]] to murder, meaning it merges with the other. Thus, if you're acquitted of one, it applies to the other as well. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collateral_estoppel Collateral estoppel]] also prevents a party from re-litigating the same facts that were decided on previously. ''The Volokh Conspiracy'' blog discusses all this [[http://www.volokh.com/posts/1177883377.shtml# here]], including the fact that there was a lot more evidence against Crawford than was excluded which he could have been convicted on to begin with.

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* HollywoodLaw: As noted in [[http://www.volokh.com/posts/1177883377.shtml# this blog post]] from ''The Volokh Conspiracy'', the movie kind of runs on this.
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Ted Crawford is on trial for reveals that the attempted murder of officer who arrested him, Nunally, had been sleeping with his wife, who'd cheated on him. Due to various ploys, he has some and claims that his confession was therefore coerced, at which point the Judge quickly rules that confession inadmissible evidence. More realistically, the validity of the prosecution's key confession would have been determined at an evidence excluded hearing, where the police would have the chance to argue that no coercion occurred. It's entirely possible the confession would still have been thrown out, but it would be ridiculously overconfident of Crawford to ''assume'' that outcome.
** Even with an inadmissible confession
and gets acquitted. Then, a completely missing murder weapon, Crawford's motion for an immediate acquittal was bogus, because there was still circumstantial evidence: Crawford had a motive to make things worse, he decides to remove kill his wife, and multiple eyewitnesses could testify that Ted Crawford was the only other person present when his wife was shot. A good prosecutor could have convicted Crawford on just that evidence, or at the very least, Beachum could have used that to continue the trial long enough to dig up even better evidence.
** After Crawford is acquitted, he removes his comatose
wife from life support (who's in a coma support, since he shot her), as he's her next-of-kin. Young prosecutor Willy This blithely ignores that the standards of evidence for determining next-of-kin could be different, so he might still be barred from making such life-and-death decisions on her behalf even after being being acquitted of the criminal charges.
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Beachum gets a court order to stop him, Crawford from pulling the plug, but hospital security prevents him from entering the room, and his the wife dies. Security guards would get in big trouble for stopping someone waving a court order at them.
** Finally,
Beachum then finds some obtains new evidence, and evidence (the bullet from the wife's brain), looks up exceptions to double jeopardy with which law, and finds a way to file a murder charge against Crawford. prosecute Crawford: by charging him for ''murder'', since his last trial was just for ''attempted'' murder. The movie closes with Crawford on trial again, this time with the expectation that he'll get be found guilty and justice will be served. First of all: security guards likely would get in trouble for stopping a person waving a court order. Aside from that, the supposed exception to double jeopardy But this loophole doesn't hold up. Attempted murder is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser_included_offence lesser included offence]] to murder, meaning it merges with the other. Thus, if you're acquitted of one, it applies to the other as well. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collateral_estoppel Collateral estoppel]] also prevents a party from re-litigating the same applies: Beachum can't re-litigate any facts that were decided on previously. ''The Volokh Conspiracy'' blog discusses all this [[http://www.volokh.com/posts/1177883377.shtml# here]], including found in Crawford's favor by the fact first acquittal. Beachum might be able to argue that there Crawford's removing his wife from life-support was a lot more premeditated act of murder, but he has to do so without contradicting the court's earlier ruling of a lack of evidence against to convict Crawford than was excluded which he could have been convicted on to begin with. of shooting her--hardly the slam-dunk that the film's ending implies.


* BreakTheHaughty:
** Beachum is riding high on life, convinced he can do no wrong as he prepares to leave the District Attorney's office for a job with a prestigious law firm. He takes on Crawford's case rather carelessly, convinced that it's an open-and-shut case with ironclad evidence--so he's taken completely by surprise when all the evidence gets yanked out from under him. The case destroys his new career with the law firm before it can start, leaving Beachum completely humbled.
** Crawford spends the entire film two steps ahead of the police and prosecutors, so sure of his own machinations that he barely pays attention at his own trial. But at the very end, when he realizes he overlooked one legal loophole--which Beachum now intends to exploit--he shows genuine fear for the first time.



* EurekaMoment: Downplayed, but D.A. Lobruto's sardonic "Technically, you only let him get away with ''attempted'' murder," is what clues Beachum in to a technicality he can nail Crawford with.



* LockedRoomMystery: A variation. The gun found at the scene of the crime had never been fired, yet Crawford never left his house after the murder, and several extensive searches of the house turned up no other weapons. So how did Crawford make his murder weapon disappear, without ever leaving his house? [[spoiler:He bought a handgun identical to Detective Nunally's police-issued weapon, swapped his and Nunally's gun a few hours before the murder, used Nunally's gun to commit the crime, then used a moment of confusion during the arrest to swap the guns back.]]



* ThePerfectCrime: Getting away with murder. Almost.

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* ThePerfectCrime: Getting away Crawford is caught at the scene of the murder, with murder.a smoking gun, and he confesses to the crime at the police station afterwards. Yet he makes his murder weapon and signed confession disappear, allowing him to get away. Almost.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Crawford could have walked away scot-free, if he hadn't taken his wife off life support. Her death allowed Beachum to obtain the bullet from her brain, and prove that Crawford swapped his gun with Nunally's--and opened Crawford up to prosecution for murder, removing his protection under double jeopardy law.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Detective Nunally kills himself when Crawford gets acquitted.


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* FramingTheGuiltyParty: Detective Nunally suggests they plant evidence to insure Crawford gets convicted when the case is going south. Beachum refuses though.

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