Old Turk vs. young Turk as Hopkins and Gosling play mind games. Arrogant Ted Crawford (Hopkins) shoots his adulterous trophy wife Jennifer (Davitz). Prosecutor Willy Beachum (Gosling) is leaving for a cushy private job when he gets the case, which proceeds to fall apart. Since Ted is taunting him, Willy can't let things go, no matter what it costs. Hopkins plays his part with sadistic relish (yes, Hannibal Lecter will come to mind), while Gosling handles an emotional roller-coaster from cockiness to vulnerability to determination.