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Michael Grazier
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Estelle Ward
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Nick Holbrook (as Larry Fishburne)
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Quinn
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Pavel
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Judge Symes
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Dr. Getchell
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Brian
Joan McMurtrey ...
Ann
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Deborah (as Anne Elizabeth Ramsay)
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Carl
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Howie
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Steven Kellen
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Jed Ward is an attorney who specializes in whistle blower, David vs. Goliath, type cases. He finds a client who is suing an auto company over a safety problem that has had a severe effect on his life after the accident. He must replace the current atorney and be ready for trial quickly, and then he finds that the defense atorney will be his estranged daughter. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A father and a daughter, divided by a case, endangered by the truth. See more »

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Rated R for uses of strong language | See all certifications »

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15 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Személyes ügy  »

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$24,277,858 (USA)
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The meaning and relevance of the movie's "Class Action" title is that it is a legal term that relates to the film's storyline. The Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School define a class action as "...a procedural device that permits one or more plaintiffs to file and prosecute a lawsuit on behalf of a larger group, or "class". Put simply, the device allows courts to manage lawsuits that would otherwise be unmanageable if each class member (individuals who have suffered the same wrong at the hands of the defendant) were required to be joined in the lawsuit as a named plaintiff". See more »

Goofs

The purse on the steps is just below a landing. But when Maggie rushes down the steps to her mother, she passes the purse without crossing a landing. See more »

Quotes

Jedediah Tucker Ward: If your mother could hear you now.
Maggie Ward: Well she can't, can she? She finally got out of here and wherever she is, she's gotta be much happier than she was with you.
Maggie Ward: [Jedediah attempts to hit Maggie, shocking her] Finally, words fail the great Jedediah Tucker Ward.
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Referenced in Oh, Woe Is Me (1993) See more »

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Canned Music
Written by Dan Hicks
Performed by Dan Hicks and the Acoustic Warriors with the Licketts
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father and daughter, both attorneys, duke it out
27 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastroantonio are involved in a "Class Action" in this 1991 film that also stars Laurence Fishburne, Donald Moffatt, Joanna Merlin and Fred Thompson. Hackman and MEM, father and daughter, are both attorneys. "I raised you," Jed (Hackman) yells at Maggie (MEM) during one scene. "Mom raised me," she screams back. "You had a date." Maggie's resentment over her father's infidelity erupts after the death of her mother (Merlin) in a powerful scene. Although Maggie has tried to reconcile with him, she finds there is too much in the way. Maggie is in an ethical quandary when the law firm she works for wants to suppress evidence about an automobile manufacturer's malfeasance; complicating things is that her father heads the team the other side of the case.

This is a very good movie that emotionally rings true, thanks to a good script and fine performances by Hackman and Mary Elizabeth. I had the pleasure of working with Mary Elizabeth when she was a Broadway actress

  • a lovely woman with a great talent, shown here to excellent


advantage. Grieving for her mother and unable to accept her father's love, she is blindsided by her boyfriend/boss' ethics violation and has nowhere to turn. The viewer can really feel her pain. Hackman is wonderful as a shark attorney who loved his wife deeply but made some unfortunate choices and alienated his only child. He finds himself now vulnerable and confused; Hackman expresses these emotions beautifully. There is able support from the top-notch cast.

Compelling and at times powerful.


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