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Legal Eagles (1986)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Kelly
Chelsea Deardon
Victor Taft
Jennifer Logan (as Jennie Dundas)
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Carol Freeman
David Hart ...
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Gary Howard 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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20 June 1986 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)


$49,851,591 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Debra Winger actually left the powerful Hollywood agents CAA agency (Creative Artists Agency) over this film. Winger allegedly felt that since all the major cast and crew members were with CAA at the time, they did not hire the best people, they hired only clients who could get the film made. See more »


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The Vidiot Reviews
31 December 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Legal Eagles

The reason no one dates personal injury lawyers is because they only want to promenade in front of businesses with icy sidewalks.

Luckily, the lawyer in this comedy-thriller is sleeping with a client, not a colleague.

Assistant D.A. Tom (Robert Redford) decides to help attorney Laura (Debra Winger) defend Chelsea (Daryl Hannah) against charges she stole a painting from an art dealer (Terence Stamp).

Adamant her father gave her the painting before his suspicious death - and destruction of his art collection - Chelsea not only convinces Tom but seduces him as well.

But when a dubious cop (Brian Dennehy) uncovers the entire collection intact, it threatens Tom's career and his life.

Crackling with comedic repartee, a fiery May/December romance and an unpredicted adversary, Legal Eagles may be clichéd but it's not without its charms.

Incidentally, if you're going to sleep with anyone in the court system

  • make it a judge. Yellow Light


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