Release Info - Criminal Law (1988)
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Criminal Law (1988)

Genres: Crime, Thriller

Taglines: "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster." - Nietzsche.

Director: Martin Campbell

Writers: Mark Kasdan

Stars: Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tess Harper, Karen Young, ...

A rising young attorney successfully defends a man accused of murder, only to have the same type of murder then happen again. Right away the previously defended man hires the attorney again, and although the attorney is quite certain that he is the killer, he agrees to again defend him... much to the consternation of his friends. However, he explains that by being his attorney he will be better able to catch the man in a mistake... and on this the rest of the film develops, with the killer playing a cat and mouse game with the attorney until, at last, they both must recognize that they are not all that different.

Release Dates:

Canada 15 Sep 1988 (Toronto International Film Festival)
USA 11 Nov 1988 (limited)
Canada 28 Apr 1989
USA 28 Apr 1989
Denmark 30 Jun 1989
Sweden 28 Jul 1989
Italy 24 Aug 1989
Portugal 15 Sep 1989
South Korea 18 Oct 1989
West Germany 30 Nov 1989
France 08 Dec 1989
UK 16 Nov 1990
Netherlands 21 Dec 1990 (The Hague)
Japan 23 Mar 1991

Also Known As:

(original title) Criminal Law
Brazil Inocente ou Culpado
Denmark Mord i regnen
Spain Ley criminal
France La loi criminelle
Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title) 'Paranomos' nomos
Hungary Gyilkos törvény
Italy Legge criminale
Poland Mroczny cien sprawiedliwosci
Portugal Assassinato à Chuva
Serbia Krivično pravo
Sweden Criminal Law
Sweden (TV title) Frikänd
West Germany Der Frauenmörder
Bulgaria (Bulgarian title) Наказателно право
Germany Der Frauenmörder
Norway Frikjent
Soviet Union (Russian title) Адвокат для убийцы
Japan (video title) Haiiro no yougisha