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Crime and Punishment

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Crime and Punishment

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
89 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/11/98
performer:
Patrick Dempsey, Ben Kingsley, Julie Delpy
director:
Joseph Sargent
distributor:
Trimark Home Video
author:
David Stevens
genre:
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

Sweaty self-abasement is de rigueur for any adaptation of this philosophical classic, and, as the fleetingly homicidal Raskolnikov, Dempsey dishes it out — mercifully — in tablespoons, not quarts. Julie Delpy’s virtuous streetwalker and Kingsley’s serene inspector are also rendered with masterful understatement, especially for a TV movie. But the guilt-induced, Afterschool Special fantasies (used in lieu of Dostoyevsky’s fever-dream dialectics) are simply beyond redemption. B-