True Crime

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  • Directed By: Clint Eastwood
  • Written By: Larry Gross, Paul Brickman, Stephen Schiff
  • Release Date: March 19, 1999
  • Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
  • Cast: Clint Eastwood, Isaiah Washington, James Woods

Box Office Info:
Budget: $38 millionFinanced by: Warner Bros
Domestic Gross: $16,649,768Overseas Gross: $11,947,563


In late January 1998, Clint Eastwood announced that True Crime would be his 21st directing effort and it was in front of the cameras three months later.  As usual, Warner Bros financed and the budget for True Crime was $38 million.  It ended as Clint Eastwood’s lowest grossing picture since 1990’s White Hunter, Black Heart.

Warner Bros dated True Crime for March 19, 1999 and it bowed against Forces of Nature, The King And I and Ravenous.  WB gave the pic a strong marketing push, including Super Bowl ads priced at $1.6 million per 30 second spot.  Reviews were mixed and it pulled in a weak $5,276,109 — placing #3 for the slow weekend led by Forces of Nature.  It declined a modest 36.5% to $3,352,244 in its second frame and and fell 44.7% to $1,853,534 in its third session.  True Crime flopped out of release with $16,649,768.

True Crime did well in France, where Eastwood is well admired, but it tanked in almost every other market, with an overseas cume of $11,947,563.

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