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Double Jeopardy

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Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, ...
Rob McEwan

Double Jeopardy

Current Status:
In Season
105 minutes
Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd
Bruce Beresford
Paramount Home Video
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a D+

Okay, how’s this for a plot? A woman is wrongly imprisoned for killing her husband. While sitting behind bars, she’s a bit peeved to discover that the two-timer is still alive, playing house with another woman, and raising their son. Once she’s released, she reasons that since you can’t be tried twice for the same crime, she might as well murder the guy.

Directed by the usually mild-mannered Beresford (”Driving Miss Daisy”), the film stars Judd (”Kiss the Girls”) as the wronged woman and Jones as the parole officer trying to keep her from doing something she won’t regret.

While the movie sounds tense, there was also a bit of drama surrounding the casting. Judd stepped in after Jodie Foster, who had originally been set to star, dropped out when she became pregnant.

The role includes ”a tremendous amount of change, from emotional shock to physical stunts,” says Judd, who experienced a little of both during a jump-over-a-chain-link-fence scene. ”It’s not that spectacular a stunt, yet that was one of the hardest things I had to do.” She says her first attempt ”was too neat and acrobatic, with a cute little flip at the top and a half twist coming down. It needed to look much more scrappy and panicked.” The actress did many of her own stunts — except for things ”like jumping off a building,” says the director, thereby disproving the notion that there’s nothing a woman named Judd can’t do. BUZZ FACTOR: 5