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Crime | Drama
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
105 min
IMDB Rating:
6.5 / 10 
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Directors: Bruce Beresford [Director] ,

Movie Description:
When Nick Parsons appears to be murdered his wife Libby is tried and convicted. Six years later Libby is paroled and is pursued by Travis Lehman (her parole officer) as she sets out to find her son and settle the score with Nick.


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Should be re-classified as a Science-Fiction

I like both Ashley Judd, and Tommy Lee Jones body of work and this film reflects positively on them as does Bruce Greenwood's performance as the deceiving and corrupt husband. Ashley Judd plays Libby, the wife of a well-to-do husband Nick, (Bruce Greenwood) who has been deceiving everyone regarding his financial stability. In his efforts to circumvent the debt collectors who are circling like vultures on a fresh but dead carcass and to refresh his negative balance bank account Nick establishes a plan that requires his wife Libby and him to purchase a sailboat, where he will be perceived as being murdered by his wife Libby and thrown overboard, never to be seen again. Libby's sister Angie (Annabeth Gish) is the one person that Libby can depend upon to take care of her young son while her trial for first degree murder of her husband proceeds through the court system.

After Libby is found responsible for her husband Nick's murder, she is sentenced to a long prison term. While in prison Libby discovers that not only is Nick alive but he has cashed in on his own life insurance policy by having Libby's sister Angie who was entrusted with the care and upbringing of her own son, by shaking up with Nick and in the middle of the night moving to another city under an alias name.

Libby tales refuge in prison with a few other savvy female prisoners who help Libby stay both physically and mentally in shape in an effort to someday get out of prison and then kill her husband Nick, by which she cannot be tried twice for his murder. Thus the movie title, Double Jeopardy.

I consider it a science-fiction genre film because the plot has more holes than a block of Swiss cheese. Tommy Lee Jones plays Libby's parole officer who requires a lot of convincing by Libby and others of her innocence in the crime of murder that she was wrongly found guilty of committing, before he eventually realizes that he must assist Libby in solving the real crime initiated by Libby's conniving husband Nick.

It's worth a watch, but just be aware that it's not a realistic plot that Nick can simply change his name, deceive the insurance company on a million dollar plus life insurance policy, and hide in plain sight with no repercussions by the courts and/or the criminal justice system.

I give it a 6 out of 10 rating due to strong performances by Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Greenwood, and Annabeth Gish.

Freedom of expression didn't have this in mind.

Despite it's premise being recalled in a lot of conversations I was in, this is ultimately a rather flaccid attempt at a thriller, where even if it's understanding of its own concept was flawed at best.

To kill a person you've been tried for killing before when it transpires they weren't dead after all is a different crime. OK? We clear?

With poorly developed characters and no original approaches with its plot minus the aforementioned, it has a few tense moments, but is otherwise just another generic thriller.

Double the suspense.

Tommy Lee Jones and Ashley Judd team up in a story where happily married Libby Parsons (Judd) finds her financial-troubled husband Nick (Bruce Greenwood) missing. An investigation leads to the conviction of Libby for murdering Nick to obtain the insurance policy he had. While in prison, Libby learns Nick is still alive and had framed her. Therefore, after being paroled she escapes probation officer Travis (Tommy Lee Jones) to look for Nick, with Travis hot on her trail.

This movie combines the tension of Judd's "Kiss The Girls" and Jones' "The Fugitive" to provide a movie that is double the mystery and suspense, captivating an audience and keeping the movie's momentum strong. The tension builds in one scene after the other to its action-packed climax, from the moment Libby finds her husband missing to her struggling to cope in prison, and to her avoiding her probation officer to her attempting to track down her husband.

Movie may be a little predictable, and some of the plot elements are the same as the TV movie "Bitter Vengeance," which stars Bruce Greenwood playing a character that also escapes, fakes his murder, and frames his wife. But overall, this is another nice popcorn movie for a night.

Grade B-
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