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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
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Marilyn
Paul D'Amato ...
Michael
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Walter
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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

Actress Cher, in preparing for her lead role as the film's central character Kathleen Riley, spent considerable time with the Public Defender's office in Washington, D.C., with many of their attorneys and attended several trials in District of Columbia area courts. Cher said: "I sat in on a real murder trial and it's enormously different from anything lid ever seen in film or on television. I went to jail and spent time with the convicted men and that was an amazing experience. It's so strange because I look at these guys and they're all somebody's child, or brother, or father but they've all just gone the wrong way". See more »

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When Kathleen writes "HELP ME" on the chalkboard it is roughly in the center of the board and written somewhat lightly. A few seconds later as the suspect is writing, the words "HELP ME" are now way over to the right, written much darker and is not in the same handwriting. 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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Cher surprises
27 May 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Before watching this movie I had some serious doubts about it. Not only is this a courtroom drama (and as you know the streets of Hollywood seem to be paved with this kind of scripts), it also featured Cher as one of the main actresses. I'm not really a fan of her as a singer, but seeing her as a good actress is even a lot harder. As you know, almost all pop diva's, young or old, seem to have that urge to appear in one or two movies and that almost always results in complete disasters. So why would Cher be any different...?

When a judge commits suicide and his secretary is found murdered in a river, a homeless and deaf-mute man, named Carl Anderson, is arrested for her murder, because all indirect evidence points to him. Because he can't afford a lawyer, public defender Kathleen Riley is assigned by the court as his lawyer. Even though she doesn't always believes in his innocence, she still goes after the real killer. She gets help from the congressional adviser Eddie Sanger, who is called to be on the jury panel and together they find some important evidence that the murder has something to do with corruption in some high ranks...

I must admit that Cher has done a better job than I ever expected from her. She actually was very convincing and interesting to watch as the public defender. Together with Liam Neeson she makes this movie work. Their nice performances and their difficult professional relationship in this movie are actually the best thing this movie has to offer. The story on itself certainly isn't that bad, but the plot is a bit far-fetched and gives this movie an ending that is a bit too abrupt.

In the end this is a reasonably well-done courtroom drama / thriller that lacks the required tension to be fully satisfying, but which offers some nice acting and some good direction. It's not the best movie in the genre, but it is enjoyable enough to be worth a watch. I give it a 6.5/10.


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