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Jagged Edge (1985)

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San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires ... See full summary »

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Page Forrester
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San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires lawyer Teddy Barnes to defend him, despite the fact she hasn't handled a criminal case for many years. There's a certain chemistry between them and Teddy soon finds herself defending the man she loves. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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When a murder case is this shocking, which do you trust... your emotions or the evidence? See more »


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4 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hearts of Fire  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$40,500,000 (USA)
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Some weeks after Siskel and Ebert had reviewed the movie on their show, they returned to the movie to address complaints of those who unable to recognize the face of the killer in the last scene, so they gave their viewers time to turn down the sound and then explained who the killer was. See more »

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When accosted in the car by Slade, Teddy blows the horn with her left hand, then pulls the door shut with her left hand without any interruption in the sound of the horn. See more »

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Teddy Barnes: Sam! He didn't do it!
Sam Ransom: Yeah? Is that your head talking, or another part of your anatomy?
[Teddy gives him a sour look]
Sam Ransom: Hey, ok, what the hell, fuck me!
[runs for the door]
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Stupid but slick and entertaining
17 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rich Page Forrester and her maid are brutally killed (on a dark and stormy night no less). Her husband Jack (Jeff Bridges) comes under immediate suspicion. High priced lawyer Teddy Barnes (Glenn Close) defends him. Naturally she immediately falls in love with him...but is he the killer? The film is stupid but then it was scripted by Joe Eszterhas who gave us such "masterpieces" as "Basic Instinct" and "Showgirls". There are plot holes galore, some really questionable legal points and an overly dramatic trial (with some unintentionally hilarious moments and every cliché ever written thrown in). Also Close's domestic problems are dragged in for no real reason that I could see. Still I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it.

This was a big hit in 1985 and it's easy to see why. It has romance, drama, sex, mystery and a plot so simple that anyone can follow it. You can turn your brain completely off and still understand it. It is slickly directed and LOOKS great. Also the acting is good. Close and especially Bridges are great in their roles. But Robert Loggia steals every scene he's in as a foul-mouthed investigator (his scenes are heavily edited in the TV print). Also he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for this movie (he didn't win). And it does keep you guessing who did it until the very end.

So it's a slick, entertaining 80s flick. Just don't see it and expect anything intelligent. Recommended (with reservations).


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