Legal Eagles (1986)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  20 June 1986 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 7,605 users  
Reviews: 34 user | 14 critic

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.



(story), (story), 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

1 win. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Western | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Sonny Steele used to be a rodeo star, but his next appearance is to be on a Las Vegas stage, wearing a suit covered in lights, advertising a breakfast cereal. When he finds out they are ... See full summary »

Director: Sydney Pollack
Stars: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Valerie Perrine
Havana I (1990)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Cuba, December 1958: The professional gambler Jack visits Havana to organize a big Poker game. On the ship he meets Roberta and falls in love with her. Shortly after they arrive in Cuba, ... See full summary »

Director: Sydney Pollack
Stars: Robert Redford, Lena Olin, Alan Arkin
Brubaker (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto, Morgan Freeman
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An ambitious young woman, determined to build a career in TV journalism, gets good advice from her first boss, and they fall in love.

Director: Jon Avnet
Stars: Robert Redford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stockard Channing
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film ... See full summary »

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Robert Redford, Bo Svenson, Bo Brundin
Sneakers (1992)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A security pro finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his unique team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Stars: Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Sidney Poitier
Certificate: M Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Quietly cocky Robert Redford joins U.S. ski team as downhill racer and clashes with the team's coach, played by Gene Hackman. Lots of good skiing action leading to an exciting climax.

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Camilla Sparv
The Natural (1984)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Paul, a conservative young lawyer, marries the vivacious Corie. Their highly passionate relationship descends into comical discord in a five-flight New York City walk-up apartment.

Director: Gene Saks
Stars: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Charles Boyer
The Candidate (1972)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A story of two motorcycle racers, the inept, unsuspecting Little Faus (Micheal J.Pollard) and the opportunistic, womanizing Halsey Knox (Redford)

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Robert Redford, Michael J. Pollard, Lauren Hutton
The Clearing (2004)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

As an executive is held captive by an employee, it's up to his wife to deliver the ransom.

Director: Pieter Jan Brugge
Stars: Robert Redford, Willem Dafoe, Helen Mirren


Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Kelly
Chelsea Deardon
Victor Taft
Jennifer Logan (as Jennie Dundas)
Judge Dawkins
Carol Freeman
David Hart ...
James Hurdle ...
Sebastian Dearden
Gary Howard Klar ...
Hit Man (as Gary Klar)


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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 »


Comedy | Crime | Romance


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

20 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peligrosamente juntos  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)


$49,851,591 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Rae Dawn Chong was considered for the role of Chelsea Deardon which in the end was cast with Daryl Hannah. See more »


When Kelly and Logan enter Taft's warehouse, it's sunny with a few clouds. Moments later, when Taft closes the warehouse door, it's still broad daylight with bright sun. But a minute later when Kelly and Logan escape the warehouse, it's dusk and the buildings in the Manhattan skyline have their lights on. See more »


Tom Logan: Ladies and gentlemen, Chelsea Deardon didn't kill Victor Taft. The prosecution has suggested a possible motive, but one based on hearsay, conjecture and circumstantial evidence. Evidence that appears to have some substance, but upon closer examination, will prove to have no relevance whatsoever to this case.
[stops and looks at the jury]
Tom Logan: You're not buying this, are you? You're not listening to a word I'm saying. Yeah? Guess what? I don't blame you. After listening to Mr. Blanchard lay out the ...
See more »


Referenced in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Goes to Court! (2015) See more »


Good Lovin'
Written by Rudy Clark and Arthur Resnick
Performed by The Rascals
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Birds of the Law
24 March 2012 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

It's far from perfect but 'Legal Eagles' is quite nostalgic and entertaining. The story is very contrived especially with so many plot holes and the characters aren't fully fleshed out either but it has a very noire style approach and does keep you in suspense. The humour also works quite well. On the technical side it's a decently made film, nothing too flashy which is good. I also liked the presentation of the art world.

No matter what one says about 'Legal Eagles', for me the highlight is easily Robert Redford and a very cute Debra Winger. Both actors are spellbinding, delivering subtle and charming performances. As performers, they just look so comfortable with each other. Their chemistry is amazing and their scenes, especially their on-screen banter, are a delight to watch.

Daryl Hannah's role is sketchy but she looks sizzling and I enjoyed her sequences with Redford and the scene where she demonstrates her art. Brian Dennehy is wasted. Terence Stamp is adequate.

So yes, it's got its flaws but how can you not enjoy it for Redford and Winger?

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Cult Classic? jgor
performance art lfrieling
Goof sharkevenstad977
Discuss Legal Eagles (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: