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Legal Eagles (1986)

A New York district attorney works and flirts with his adversary and her kooky artist client, who is on trial for a murder she didn't commit.

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Laura Kelly
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Chelsea Deardon
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Cavanaugh
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Victor Taft
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Bower
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Blanchard
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Jennifer Logan (as Jennie Dundas)
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Judge Dawkins
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Carol Freeman
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Barbara
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Sebastian Dearden
Gary Howard Klar ...
Hit Man (as Gary Klar)
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District Attorney Tom Logan is set for higher office, at least until he becomes involved with defence lawyer Laura Kelly and her unpredictable client Chelsea Deardon. It seems the least of Chelsea's crimes is the theft of a very valuable painting, but as the women persuade Logan to investigate further and to cut some official corners, a much more sinister scenario starts to emerge. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Tom Logan has a law partner who put a dog on the witness stand. A client who can't enter a room without a crime being committed. And a case that could turn out to be the murder of the year. His. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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20 June 1986 (USA)  »

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Peligrosamente juntos  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$49,851,591 (USA)
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Legal Eagles (1986) was the first film that director Ivan Reitman directed after his smash hit blockbuster movie Ghostbusters (1984). Taglines on many of the film's movie posters ran with the slogan: "A new comedy from the director of Ghostbusters". See more »

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When the press is interviewing Chelsea after the charges against her are dismissed, there's no breeze, and her hair is around her face. The next shot has a rather strong wind whipping her hair around, then in the next immediate shot, her hair is still again-as if there had been no breeze at all. See more »

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Laura J. Kelly: Don't lose him.
Tom Logan: I'm not going to lose him. Where is he?
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Robert Redford (1992) See more »

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Good Lovin'
Written by Rudy Clark and Arthur Resnick
Performed by The Rascals
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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clashing tones
10 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

Tom Logan (Robert Redford) is on the inside track to be the new District Attorney of New York. He shares custody of his daughter Jennifer. Tough talking defense attorney Laura Kelly (Debra Winger) has a new client in mysterious ingenue Chelsea Deardon (Daryl Hannah) who stole a painting from wealthy Robert Forrester (John McMartin). Her artist father made the painting for her 8th birthday 18 years ago. Most of the paintings were lost in a fire that night along with her father. Forrester suddenly drops his complaint and trades the painting for a Picasso with museum owner Victor Taft (Terence Stamp) in a lopsided trade. The case seems to be closed. Police detective Cavanaugh (Brian Dennehy) gives Laura evidence about the old fire which indicates a conspiracy of fraud and possibly worst.

Daryl Hannah is pretty good. She should be the femme fatale in a noir thriller. Ivan Reitman insists on trying to inject comedy into this and it mostly doesn't work. Neither Redford nor Winger is a comedian. There are no comedians in sight. The poppy music gives it a light tone but it doesn't make it funny. He also has Redford sleep with Hannah. The romantic pairing with Winger gets cold water dumped on it. Despite it all, these are great actors and they deliver compelling characters. Reitman is probably the wrong man to direct this.


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