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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)
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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Release Date:

20 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peligrosamente juntos  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)


$49,851,591 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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The wording "legal eagle" is a real life slang phrase from the profession of law. The Oxford Dictionary define it as "a lawyer, especially one who is keen and astute" whilst the Dictionary.com website define it as "a lawyer, esp[ecially] a clever and aggressive one" where they can also be called legal beagles, whilst the Urban Dictionary says a legal eagle is "the most amazing type of eagle. One that has a knowledge (although sometimes very basic) of the legal system. They party very hard." See more »


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 »


Laura J. Kelly: That look in your eyes... pure blue steel.
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Subtle in parts, lightweight and easy to watch
24 May 2004 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

You don't get actors like Redford and Winger anymore. The subtleties in their facial expressions, the humanness of their characters are evident in each move they make and each action. In a sense, there is no 'acting', since the storyline, the characters and the flow reach a natural confluence. The only character that makes me feel a bit uncomfortable is Daryl Hannah's Chelsea - the performance artist. Brian Dennehy is also a little underutilised, but the movie is really a swinger for both Winger and Redford who make their attraction and talent as attorneys believable.

I've seen this movie about 5 times over the years and I never get sick of it. Though I know the plot, each time I find myself watching the actors rather than predicting the storyline. Its just great and really, so easy to watch and enjoy. There is humour, old fashioned romance, good IL' bad guys vs good guys, a bit of blood and gore and a lot of fine art thrown in. I highly recommend it!

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