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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Himself (as Fred Thompson)
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Toni Greer
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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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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: 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 »


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Honey Honey
By Benny Andersson (uncredited) and Björn Ulvaeus (uncredited)
Performed by ABBA
Courtesy of Polar Music International AB Sweeden
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Despite an abundance of talent, not the distaff "Serpico" this team was probably hoping for...
7 November 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Uninteresting vehicle for Sissy Spacek, an adaptation of the book "Marie: A True Story" by Peter Maas (the biographer of Frank Serpico), concerns divorced single mother Marie Ragghianti, who was fired from her job as chairman of the Tennessee Board of Pardons and Paroles in 1977 after refusing to release certain convicts (all rotten and threatening for effect) whose pardons were the result of bribes going back to the governor (similarly rotten). Ragghianti sees the corruption, understands its origins, and is tempted to go along with it for the sake of her job, but eventually has to take a stand for justice. Sally Field's Oscar-winning performance in 1979's "Norma Rae" provided a much-needed boost for actresses looking for substantial roles in 1980s cinema; however, by 1985, audiences had cooled on female stars such as Spacek, Field, Jessica Lange and Meryl Streep all taking noble stances on-screen for the sake of audience empathy (and prestige). Nothing in "Marie" rings true, not Spacek's relationships with her co-workers, her troubles with doctors over her sick son, nor her humble beginnings as an undereducated and abused housewife (the actor playing Spacek's bad-tempered husband looks about 10 years younger than the actress). The writing is vapid, Francis Lai's music is 'heart tugging' in the worst sense, and Roger Donaldson's direction is scattershot, with artificial details dotting the scenario. Fred Thompson plays himself as Marie's attorney, and is the only cast member to successfully overcome the phony dramatics. ** from ****


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