Double Jeopardy (1999): Beresford’s Crime Thriller, Starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones

Aussie Bruce Beresford, now working in Hollywood, directed Double Jeopardy, a crime thriller starring Ashley Judd as a woman wrongfully imprisoned for murder she did not commit.

Libby Parsons (Judd) and her husband Nick (Bruce Greenwood) are wealthy residents of Whidbey Island, Washington. With her best friend, Angela Green (Annabeth Gish) offering to look after her 4-year-old son, Matty (Benjamin Weir), Libby and Nick go off sailing for the weekend on their yacht. After a session of love making, Libby falls asleep and is found by a Coast Guard patrol with her husband missing, blood all over her and the boat’s floors.

Nick’s body unaccounted for,  butLibby is arrested, humiliated in the media, tried, and convicted of murder. Libby asks Angela to look after Matty during her prison sentence. At first, Angela brings Matty to see Libby in prison, but after a while, the visits cease and she disappears. Libby tracks Angela back to San Francisco, calls her and speaks with Matty. In the midst of their conversation, Matty exclaims, “Daddy!” before the line goes dead.

In the end, Lehman and Libby travel to Matty’s boarding school in Georgia. Matty (Spencer Treat Clark), though now 11, recognizes his mother and they embrace.

Cast
Tommy Lee Jones as Travis Lehman
Ashley Judd as Elizabeth “Libby” Parsons
Bruce Greenwood as Nicholas “Nick” Parsons/Simon Ryder/Jonathan Devereaux
Annabeth Gish as Angie Green/Angie Ryder
Roma Maffia as Margaret Skolowski
Jay Brazeau as Bobby Long
Michael Gaston as Cutter
Daniel Lapaine as Handsome Internet Expert
Dave Hager as Jim Mangold
Benjamin Weir as Matty Parsons – Age 4
Spencer Treat Clark as Matty Parsons – Age 11
Davenia McFadden as Evelyn Lake
Betsy Brantley as Prosecutor
Babz Chula as Ruby