True Crime (1996 film)

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True Crime
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Directed byPat Verducci
Written byPat Verducci
Produced byJonathan Furie
Andrew Hersh
Starring Alicia Silverstone
Kevin Dillon
Bill Nunn
Marla Sokoloff
CinematographyChris Squires
Edited byGib Jaffe
Music by Blake Leyh
Distributed by Trimark Pictures
Release date
  • March 12, 1996 (1996-03-12)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

True Crime is a 1996 American psychological thriller film directed and written by Pat Verducci and starring Alicia Silverstone and Kevin Dillon. [1] [2]



Mary Giordano (Alicia Silverstone) is a beautiful and intelligent Catholic-school senior in Burlingame, California. She is addicted to mystery novels (graphic and otherwise), film noir and detective magazines (hence the movie's title). All of this has inspired her to become a police officer, like her father who was slain in the line of duty years ago. Mary's ambition to this end amuses her siblings John and Vicky, as well as their widowed mother Celia.

Mary gets wind of a case involving the serial killer of several teenage girls, including a handful of her classmates. She launches her own investigation, which gets her in trouble with her late dad's partner, Detective Jerry Guinn (Bill Nunn). Guinn wants Mary as far away from the field as possible...ostensibly because she just doesn't have what it takes to be a cop, but also out of concern for her well-being. Undaunted, Mary enlists the aid of police cadet Tony Campbell (Kevin Dillon) to sniff out the murderer; gradually, the two fall in love.

Ultimately, the name "Tony Campbell" is revealed to be an alias; his real name is Daniel Henry Moffat, and he proves to be the killer both Mary and Guinn are looking for. Moffat outwits and kills Guinn, only to be outwitted and killed himself by Mary. Just weeks after graduation from the 12th grade, she is seen in a police uniform - having succeeded in her aspiration of following in her father’s footsteps and joining the police department.



The film was produced on location at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, California.

Though not released until 1996, the film was actually shot a few years earlier when Alicia was under the age of 18.

Other titles for the film are Dangerous Kiss and True Detective. It was released directly to video instead of in theaters.

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