Double Jeopardy

on September 24, 1999 by Dwayne Leslie
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   Libby ("Kiss the Girls'" Ashley Judd) couldn't be happier: She has a loving husband ("The Sweet Hereafter's" Bruce Greenwood), an adorable son and giving friends. Then, in a split second during a romantic weekend with her husband, her enviable life becomes a living nightmare. She wakes up, finds blood, a knife and no husband. Now, an overwhelming amount of circumstantial evidence and a $2 million insurance policy threaten to destroy her perfect world. With no hope of winning a wrongful death case, Libby is incarcerated and torn from her young child.
   Then one day, during a phone conversation with her son, she overhears him say two simple words that send chills up her spine as the implications set in: "Hello, Daddy."
   Motivated by sheer hatred and, of course, the double jeopardy law, under which no person can be convicted of the same crime twice, Libby puts into gear a plan to get her son back--and to do the crime for which she's already done the time. The only person in her way is a no-nonsense parole officer ("U.S. Marshals'" Tommy Lee Jones), who has sworn to bring her back to jail if she violates her parole.
   With chases, shootings, family values, undying love, betrayal and a thoroughly involving plot, "Double Jeopardy" has something for everyone. Libby is a likable character who's easy to identify with; when she suffers setbacks, the audience is right there with her, especially during her narrow escapes and cross-country search for her son. And when it comes to chasing armed and dangerous fugitives, who could be better than Lee? With him in hot pursuit, audiences are in for a wise-cracking, explosive time.    Starring Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones and Bruce Greenwood. Directed by Bruce Beresford. Written by David Weisberg and Douglas S. Cook. Produced by Leonard Goldberg and Richard Luke Rothschild. A Paramount release. Thriller. Rated R for language, a scene of sexuality and some violence. Running time: 105 min.
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