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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

106 min
Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
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Peter Hyams
Country: USA
Release Date: 2009-07-10
Filming Locations: Winnipeg, Canada
Budget: $25,000,000
Opening Weekend: $17,164 (USA) (13 September 2009)
Gross: $32,409 (USA) (27 September 2009)
Jesse Metcalfe
C.J. Nicholas
Amber Tamblyn
Ella Crystal
Michael Douglas
Mark Hunter
Joel David Moore
Corey Finley
Orlando Jones
Ben Nickerson
Lawrence P. Beron
Lieutenant Merchant (as Lawrence Beron)
Sewell Whitney
Martin Weldon
David Jensen
Gary Spota
Sharon K. London
Judge Sheppard (as Sharon London)
Krystal Kofie
Randal Reeder
Survivalist Man (as Randel Reeder)
Ryan Glorioso
Animal Shelter Attendant
Jon McCarthy
Detective Rawley
Grant James
Aaron Wakefield
Eric Gipson
Gerry May
Carl Savering
Kelvin Payton
Michele Williams
Arlando Smith
Dan Harville
Fred Ellis
Forensics Expert
Wallace Merck
Gilbert Romans
Michlle White Lafitte
Kelly Gertner
Robert Larriviere
Kevin Tarlow
Juli Erickson
Madalyn Urlanger (as Juli Erickerson)
Edrick Browne
Carrie Slaughter
Marsha (as Carri Slaughter)
Ron Flagge
Property Clerk (as Ron Flagg)
David Born
Property Sergeant
Michael P. Flannigan
Reporter #1 (as Michael Flannigan)
Jeff Ferrell
Reporter #2
Darcel White Moreno
Reporter #3 (as Darcel Moreno)
Derek Wayne Johnson
Reporter #4 (as Derek Johnson)
Megan Brown
Tony Bentley
Roger Milner (as Tony Bently)
Andrei Constantinescu
Bruce Stern
John McConnell
Vernon Green
Meade Patton
Detective Riddick
Sarah Kearney
Robin McGee
Sigal Diamant
Illana Diamant
Mrs. Hunter (as Illana Shoshan)
Michael C. 'Mike' Allen
Couple W / Dog - Animal Shelter Scene (uncredited)
Stephanie Brown
Courtroom Clerk (uncredited)
Crystal Brown-Tatum
Newsroom Reporter
Michael Byrnes
Cop (uncredited)
Kip Cummings
Reporter (uncredited)
Gary D. Earl
Bass Pro Shop Patron (uncredited)
Ron Fagan
Newspaper Man (uncredited)
Deborah R. Jones
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Lori Knighton
Mike Martindale
Juror (uncredited)
Krystal Mayo
Newsroom Reporter
Lee Ann McDade
Audience Member at Dog Show (uncredited)
James B. McDaniel
Juror #1 (uncredited)
Dina Merrill
Woman in Courtroom (uncredited)
Dennis W. Murphy
Newsroom Reporter
Mysti Nash
Court Goer (uncredited)
James Harlon Palmer
News Cameraman
Ashley-Anne Parker
Court Goer (uncredited)
James Paul
Victim's Parent (uncredited)
Erika Perez
Juror (uncredited)
Jeannie Perrin
Federal Employee (uncredited)
Cynthia Riser
Juror (uncredited)
Chuck Vail
Juror #6 (uncredited)
Lawrence Varnado
Detective Hollis (uncredited)
Amanda Smoak Weisner
Spota's Assistant (uncredited)
Brent Weisner
Asst. District Attorney (uncredited)
Steven Whitemon
Himself (uncredited)
Steven E. Williams
Courthouse Attorney
Did you know?
Peter Hyams:  [character]  One of the characters is called Spota.
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When in the shop to buy a switch-blade, between 31:25 and 31:45, some shots show Corey Finley holding his bag with his left hand and some other shots show his left hand hanging down.
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When Mark Hunter (Michael Douglas) goes to the prison to tell C. J. Nicholas (Jesse Metcalfe) that the phones in the prison can be spied, he leaves and surpasses a corner. Then, the camera changes to Nicholas, who insults Hunter. When the camera returns to Hunter, he is slightly before the corner again.
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(at around 1h 18 mins) When Ella goes to view the evidence, you can see the tag on the sweat pants as Ella covers it with her thumb. When the tag is shown again seconds later it is totally shredded apart.
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How do the police finally come to connect CJ with the murder?
CJ sprinkles a bottle of liquor on his clothes then proceeds to recklessly drive around until a squad car finally stops him for drunk driving. He is charged with a DUI, but Det Nickerson notices that CJ is wearing Montalvo's, the same brand of sneakers that made the footprints at the murder scene. In a search of CJ's apartment, Nickerson discovers the dog bite on CJ's leg, and the police find the switchblade, sweatpants, and ski mask. CJ is subsequently charged with Owens' murder, which is exactly how CJ planned it.
Is Beyond a Reasonable Doubt based on a book?
No. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009) is a remake of Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956), which was based on a screenplay by American screenwriter Douglas Morrow. Morrow's version was adapted for this film by American film-maker Peter Hyams, who also directed the movie.
How would CJ's purchasing things AFTER the murder prove that he was innocent?
All by itself, it wouldn't, as the D.A. is first to point out. Just because CJ bought these items several days after the murder doesn't mean that he didn't own the same type of items prior to the murder. However, the testimonies of CJ and Finley would show proof of their story, outlining their intent, detailing their steps, and showing without a doubt what their intentions were. Then it would become the D.A.'s job to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that CJ had all these items BEFORE the murder was committed.
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