True Believer

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True Believer ★★½ 1989 (R)

Cynical lawyer, once a ‘60s radical, now defends rich drug dealers. Spurred on by a young protege, he takes on the hopeless case of imprisoned Asian-American accused of gangslaying. Tense thriller with good cast. 103m/C VHS, DVD . James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., Yuji Okumoto, Margaret Colin, Kurtwood Smith, Tom Bower, Miguel Fernandes, Charles Hallahan; D: Joseph Ruben; W: Wesley Strick; C: John Lindley; M: Brad Fiedel.