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Marie (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama | 27 September 1985 (USA)
A woman is determined to reveal the truth about an insidious political corruption. In doing so she risks her safety, career and reputation but will not stop asking questions until the truth is known.

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Marie Ragghianti
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Eddie Sisk
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Kevin McCormack
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Charles Traughber
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Fred Thompson (as Fred Thompson)
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Toni Greer
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FBI Agent
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Deputy Attorney General
Don Hood ...
Governor Blanton
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Charlie Benson
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Murray Henderson
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Virginia
Robert Green Benson III ...
Dante Ragghianti
Dawn Carmen ...
Therese Ragghianti
Shane Wexel ...
Ricky Ragghianti
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It's the mid 1970s. Moving back home with her mother Virginia in Tennessee, Marie Ragghianti was able to leave an abusive marriage to eke out a better life for herself and her three young children - the youngest, Ricky, for who she would have to deal with his major health issues - by waiting tables, all the while being able to complete the degree requirements at Vanderbilt to obtain a B.A. in English and Psychology. She is unapologetic in asking a college acquaintance, Eddie Sisk, for a job, he who has just been appointed legal counsel for just elected Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton. In what he considers a win-win situation, Eddie offers Marie a job as the Extradition Officer for the state, a job offer which she accepts. From there, Marie quickly moves up the chain of command, first to become the liaison to the Governor via Eddie on Parole Board recommendations - the role which is meant to be a two way street, where there is an understood quid pro quo in recommendations from the Board... Written by Huggo

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Criminals went free. Officials were bribed. Witnesses were threatened. The F.B.I. couldn't stop it. One woman did. She challenged the State of Tennessee and put criminal justice on trial. See more »

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Marie: A True Story  »

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The film's closing epilogue states: "After Marie won her lawsuit, the FBI reopened the investigation. In 1981 Eddie Sisk and Bill Thompson went to prison for selling clemencies. Governor Blanton was ousted from office for clemency abuses before the end of his term. In 1983 he went to prison on related corruption charges. Marie now lectures and writes on the criminal justice system". See more »


Soundtracks

Always on My Mind
Written by Johnny Christopher (uncredited), Wayne Carson Thompson (uncredited) and Francis Zambon (uncredited)
Performed by Brenda Lee
Courtesy of MCA Records Inc.
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Strong Production saves the script.
18 January 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Its fuuny how time changes how you see a movie. If this film came out in the cinemas today it would look terrific compared to the current rubbish around.

The premise for Marie is a god one for a thriller and although the script bottoms out, great acting in almost all areas and powerful direction from Roger Donaldson save it from mediocrity and turn it into a really effective, attention grabbing, suspensful and emotionally involving film.

Apart from Roger Donaldson and Chris Menges moody atmosphereic lighting. The film is served best by Sissy Spaceks lead performance, if any actress had greater ability to allow you to feel how their character is feeling I'd like to know who it is. Sissy makes a great protagonist with a mixture of vunerability and strong resolve. She's not so headstrong as too seem a bitchy self-interested character, yet she has enough strength and integrity to make Marie the hero of the story.

I thought the whole production was great. And the fact that this film wasnt one of the best ones whe it came out just goes to show how far behind hollywood has gotten.

On a last note. Jeff Daniels played a great role in this. He really made you see him in a completely different light to normal.


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