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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

Yakety, Yak
By Jerry Leiber (uncredited) and Mike Stoller (uncredited)
Performed by The Coasters
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Before Jeffrey Wigand, before Erin Brockovich, there was Marie Ragghianti.
13 June 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

In case you've never heard of Marie Ragghianti, she escaped an abusive marriage and went to work for a firm, only to discover some unsavory things about it. In the movie "Marie", Sissy Spacek plays her as well as can be expected. However, I would agree with a previous reviewer that the movie sort of uses her as a conduit to tell the story, and otherwise seems incomplete.

But overall, they do a pretty good job showing how Marie was finally able to make something of herself, only to be faced with the dilemma of maintaining this position or blowing the whistle. Maybe not exactly a masterpiece, but certainly worth seeing. Also starring Jeff Daniels and Morgan Freeman.


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