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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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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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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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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27 September 1985 (USA)  »

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Marie: A True Story  »

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The film's main movie poster featured a text preamble that read: "When you discover that people charged to protect you are on the side of the criminal. That the right of money . . . this ruthless system is run from the state capitol . . . Marie did what anybody would have done if they had had her courage". See more »


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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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Great cast in very important story

This movie is based on a true story, a story that is, in fact, much worse than is portrayed here.

The governor of Tennessee, Ray Blanton, must rank as the worst the state ever had and, as a son of Tennessee, let me tell you that is really saying something.

Not to spoil the movie, let me add that Bill Clinton ended his presidency much as did Blanton end his governorship. That fact is sort of hinted at by the movie, but Blanton's governorship was so rife with corruption, with members of his family and his friends and allies living and profiting at the expense of the taxpayers, one movie cannot do the story justice. It would take at least a miniseries to tell the whole tale.

This movie, though, makes a good stab at part of the story, the part played by the title character, Marie. Sissy Spacek does her usual good job as Marie, displaying not only her own mature beauty but an admirable emotional range as both the put-upon government employee and the concerned mother.

Fred Thompson ... well, there are not enough superlatives in my limited vocabulary to express all my admiration and respect for him. He is a fine actor, and he was one of the greatest U.S. senators ever to represent the usually misrepresented state of Tennessee. Certainly the two there now (2004) don't begin to be big enough to fill his shoes, nor do they remotely resemble him in moral stature, intelligence, or knowledge of the Constitution. Well, he is better off back in acting, but it is a serious loss to good government that Fred Thompson decided not to seek re-election.

I'm tempted to say, too, that any movie with John Cullum is a movie to see, if only to watch his scenes. What a superb actor, what a major talent he is. His big scene in "1776" just steals that movie, to name merely one.

Not to slight any other person in this excellent cast, but I have gone on long enough. They are excellent.

I will carp about three things: Some of the expository dialog was trite and silly, especially the character Kevin's last scene. The courtroom scene was missing something. I believe if I had been on the jury, I'd have voted differently simply because the evidence was not presented well enough. (One can understand Sen. Arlen Specter {more-or-less-R.- Pa.} and his "not proved" impeachment vote.)

And why was Bill Sanderson not cast in this? He is a marvelous actor, could probably have handled beautifully almost any role, and besides he is from Tennessee. And he is usually in Spacek's movies. Too bad, for us and for him.

Still, I'm glad I finally got to see "Marie." The story is important, and the movie is extremely well done.

One more quibble: A very well-known Edmund Burke quote is used several times, but in an odd paraphrase. Not inappropriate, but jarring because of the different phrasing. Never mind. This is a good movie, and I hope everyone sees it.


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