Continuity mistake: In the end of the film where Willy and Ted stand together in Ted's house, Ted says to Willy "See, you can't touch me, ever". The shot goes to Willy and you can see his finger off the trigger, yet in the close-up on the trigger you can see that Willy's finger is inside the trigger-guard and he pulls it out. (01:46:15)
Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike
Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) shoots his unfaithful wife, confesses to the police - orally and in writing - but then pleads not guilty and opts to defend himself in court. The young DA assigned to the case, William Beachum (Ryan Gosling), has had a successful career with a 97% conviction rate. Beachum however is actually on his way to a lucrative position in a big private law firm, but his desire to win keeps him on the case. But during the trial, it is discovered that the arresting officer was actually Mrs. Crawford's lover, hence Ted Crawford's confessional is dismissed due to the fact he may have been "under pressure" to sign it by the arresting officer. Also Mr. Crawford's gun that was collected from the crime scene has apparently never been fired, despite the fact that 4 bullets are missing from his gun case. With no real evidence, Willy now finds himself possibly losing his first case and losing everything that he has coming to him unless he can discover something that can put Mr. Crawford away for murder and win the case.
Ted Crawford: Knowledge is pain.
Question: How could Anthony Hopkins be arrested for turning off his wife's life support? He was acquitted of shooting her, so he's legally considered innocent of that, and he was completely legally entitled to turn off her life support.
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Chosen answer: Once Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) took his wife off life support, it resulted in her dying. Crawford was arrested for murder, not because of taking her off life support but because his shooting of her resulted in her death ultimately. Crawford was only tried (and acquitted) for attempted murder. Since this is a new charge, double jeopardy did not apply.