After a technicality results in the release of a man being tried for the rape and murder of a young woman, her father murders the man. Admitting his guilt and refusing to use temporary ... See full summary »

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Brad Gordon
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Judge Aaron Klein
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Arlene Robbins
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Judge Michael Lengel
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Victor Coles
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Lester Crewe
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Spence
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William Simmons
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Charlie Johnson
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Wilbert Ward
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Santini
Vince Howard ...
Prouty (as Vincent Howard)
Lou Valenzi ...
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After a technicality results in the release of a man being tried for the rape and murder of a young woman, her father murders the man. Admitting his guilt and refusing to use temporary insanity, the father places his attorney in a virtual no-win situation. In an extreme effort, the attorney decides to call the judge who released the murderer originally and to challenge the entire legal system that would permit such a travesty. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | Crime | Thriller

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2 March 1986 (USA)  »

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Ajuste de Contas  »

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1.33 : 1
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Final acting role of Robert Preston. See more »

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Was Remade
29 November 2004 | by (Madison, GA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in 86, and later noticed it was remade, starring Beau Bridges, in 97 "Defenders: Payback". Same premise carefully retold 11 years later, only with John Larroquette as the vigilante "I don't want no attorney" father, instead of the original with Robert Preston. Though the suspect chase would be used in the other "Defenders" TV movie "Choice Of Evils".

More or less, a decent Hollywood justice type of film If you take it for what it is in that context. The main idea is to show the viewers that not all homicide cases are black & white. Instead, this film attempts to show (or rather pose to) the viewer, how YOU might react if your child's rapist or molester had been released on a technicality, even though he confessed to the crime. Would YOU become a vigilante too?


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