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Criminal Law
Directed by Martin Campbell
Produced by Hilary Heath,
Robert MacLean
Written by Mark Kasdan
Starring Gary Oldman,
Kevin Bacon,
Tess Harper,
Karen Young,
and Joe Don Baker
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Distributed by Hemdale Film Corporation
Release date(s) April 28, 1989
Running time 117 min.
Country United States
Language English

Criminal Law is a film directed by Martin Campbell, released in 1989.



Attorney Ben Chase successfully defends Martin Thiel, a wealthy young playboy, getting him acquitted of a series of brutal murders — only to find out later that Thiel is indeed a serial killer. Since Thiel cannot be tried again for his crimes, Chase tries to get him to incriminate himself before he can kill again.

The film is notable for having been an inspiration for Canadian serial killers Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, who changed their last names to "Teale", in honor of the Thiel character.


The film received a negative to mixed reaction from critics, with a 38% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert gave the film two stars out of four, calling it "a textbook example of a movie going wrong before our very eyes."[1]



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