Crime and Punishment (2002 Russian film)

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Crime and Punishment
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Menahem Golan
Produced by Evgeny Afineevsky
Vladislav Dolzhenko
Menahem Golan
Ivan Mendzheritsky
Galina Tuchinsky
Written by Menahem Golan (as Joseph Goldman)
Based on Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Starring Crispin Glover
Vanessa Redgrave
John Hurt
Margot Kidder
Music by Robert O. Ragland
Cinematography Nicholas Josef von Sternberg
Edited by Carolle Alain
Crime and Punishment Productions Limited
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
New Cannon
Release date
June 2002 (Russia)
Running time
126 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Crime and Punishment is a 2002 American-Russian-Polish drama film written and directed by Menahem Golan and starring Crispin Glover and Vanessa Redgrave. It is an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel of the same name.


Though the story of Crime and Punishment was written and set in the 19th century, this film version takes place in the then-future setting of the early 21st century. Rodion Raskolnikov, a student in his twenties who lives in Moscow, has published a paper in which he argues that certain superior individuals can legitimately ignore laws, even those against murder. He acts out this arrogant theory by murdering an old woman, a pawnbroker and her sister, who accidentally witnesses the crime. In the aftermath, Raskolnikov is increasingly tortured by his conscience.



The release of the film has been restricted by legal matters that left it seized in a bankruptcy lien.[1]


  1. ^ Paul, Louis (2007). Tales from the cult film trenches: interviews with 36 actors from horror, science fiction and exploitation cinema. McFarland. 

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