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Eddie Sanger
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Judge Matthew Bishop Helms
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Charlie Stella
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Paul Gray
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Grace Comisky
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Morty Rosenthal
Lisbeth Bartlett ...
Marilyn
Paul D'Amato ...
Michael
Bernie McInerney ...
Walter
Thomas Barbour ...
Justice Lowell
Katie O'Hare ...
Elizabeth Quinn
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Justice Lowell's Secretary
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A judge commits suicide, and his secretary is found murdered. A homeless deaf-mute man, Carl Anderson is arrested for her murder. Public defender Kathleen is assigned by the court as his lawyer. She sets to find the real killer, and gets help from the congressional advisor, Eddie Sanger who is called to be on the jury panel. Together they discover a dangerous circle of corruption in high places. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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No matter the cost, No matter the danger. They will find the truth.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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23 October 1987 (USA)  »

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$18,782,400 (USA)
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Trivia

In addition to the physical locations in Wsahington state, accuracy was of key importance to the movie's filmmakers. "We've gone to a lot of trouble to be accurate and pay close attention to detail," explained director Peter Yates. Yates added: "I think a lot of courtroom dramas have been made with glaring inaccuracies which you just don't see in modern courtrooms. We wanted to make sure that our film was not only exciting and dramatic, but true to life as well". See more »

Goofs

At 1:23 into the movie, when she is checking keys against file cabinets at the Justice dept., the key won't fit into one of the file cabinets, then the key fits the very next one. This is minor but would not happen. Since the file cabinets are identical, they key would at least FIT the lock (though it wouldn't turn the lock mechanism) unless it were the correct key. For example....all Master Lock keys (of the same sort) will fit the intended item perfectly - it just won't unlock it unless the tumblers match. See more »

Quotes

[Michael sneaks up behind Kathleen and holds a razor to her throat]
Michael: God is angry with the wicked! Why did you send the black devil for me?
Kathleen Riley: [stammering] Because Carl!
Michael: [interrupts] Carl has already been judged! The mighty hand struck him deaf and dumb.
[Michael continually jerks the razor around in a frenzied manor]
Kathleen Riley: [terrified] Okay.
Michael: Only the lord Jesus can take a soul. I saw the angel of death. I watched her die. I saw her spirit leave her body. She gave me a message from the Almighty. A key to the ...
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Good story and performances
18 May 2007 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

I had missed this film during the many years since it was made, and caught it by chance on a Friday afternoon, after a particularly long and hectic week.

I thought I might nod off, but instead I found myself engrossed in it very soon. It has some far-fetched aspects, and as the "goofs" section in this site points out, it wouldn't have been tried in a federal court, but in the local D.C. courts. However, given the rather surprise ending, this would be a necessary variation, given its circumstances.

Cher is not a person whom you reference when thinking of leading, versatile actresses -- but this isn't so. This serious role, as well as a different type in the excellent "Moonstruck," display both her competence and versatility. Dennis Quaid is always excellent, and a favorite of mine, and the remaining cast were as well. John Mahoney's performance is well-delivered, and an interesting performance, in contrast with his more pleasant persona in "Moonstruck," also -- and particularly juxtaposed with his likable presence in the long-running "Frasier" series.

As another pointed-out, there is a surprise ending, if somewhat more abrupt than seems necessary.

But overall, an interesting, entertaining film.


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