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Eddie Sanger
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Judge Matthew Bishop Helms
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Charlie Stella
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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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23 October 1987 (USA)  »

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$18,782,400 (USA)
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The film's leading lady Cher said of her casting, performance, and characterization: "I read the script and really, really liked it, but I was also very intimidated until I jumped into it. I know nothing about the law, so I chose to play the aspects of Kathleen's character that I knew, that I could relate to, and then the legal terms and language just fell into place. I used them as if I'd been using them all my life. The easy part was being in front of the jury. The hard part was acting well enough to make people believe you know what you're doing. You have to make them believe that you have been a student, gone to college, gone to law school, and have been doing this for eight years. That's the difficult part". See more »

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During a scene in court, the color of Kathleen's suit changes. See more »

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Kathleen Riley: I spend all of my day with murders and rapists, and what's really crazy, I like them.
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Convincing performances by all. Nice surprise ending.
16 February 2006 | by (Madison, Wisconsin, USA) – See all my reviews

Cher plays the role of a dedicated public defender who is given a case just as she is about to collapse from overwork. The poor guy has been living on the street for years and is accused of killing a young woman for a lousy $9. He won't talk to police and Cher has to draw him out before she can even begin to find some way to defend him. There are several well planned surprises and I never had the feeling any of the cast were "acting". This is one movie that had me fooled as to who the real culprit was right to the end. I like that! If I can guess the outcome halfway through the movie it is a turn off and total disappointment to me. Seven stars is high for me. It takes a "Lawrence of Arabia" or "Gone with the Wind" to get 10 stars from me.


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