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Class Action (1991)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  15 March 1991 (USA)
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Jeb 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 ... See full summary »

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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
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Howie
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Steven Kellen
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Jeb 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)  »

Also Known As:

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$24,277,858 (USA)
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San Francisco mayor Art Agnos and city supervisor Angela Alioto can be glimpsed as extras in church congregation during Gene Hackman's homage speech to his deceased wife. See more »

Goofs

Maggie's mother falls down the stairs. The position of her purse changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Jedediah Tucker Ward: By the way, you so much as look at my daughter, they won't be able to identify you with dental records.
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Referenced in Oh, Woe Is Me (1993) See more »

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Can't Fight Fate
Written by Diane Warren
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A Compelling, Unheralded Gem
28 October 2007 | by (Manitoba, Canada) – See all my reviews

This subdued courtroom drama starts out like an extended episode of L.A. LAW but quickly reveals itself as the unheralded gem it is. Gene Hackman is as solid as ever as a fervent lawyer battling an auto giant accused of manufacturing a faulty model. The twist is that his rival attorney just happens to be his self-reliant daughter, played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

CLASS ACTION is not a flashy, fill-up-the-screen-every-minute kind of film. But it is a quite compelling effort. The courtroom storyline is captivating, with director Michael Apted expertly showing the case and its various twists and turns from both sides. Anyone who was glued to the set anytime L.A. LAW came on be in heaven.

Then there's the family dynamic. Hackman and Mastrantonio are convincing as the father and daughter. He seems to know everything and she wants to prove that he does not. They begin the film miles apart in their relationship and it seems a tense court case will further drive in the wedge between them. It's a plot line that works well and helps elevate the film.


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