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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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Maggie Ward
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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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Drama | Thriller

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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:

Személyes ügy  »

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$24,277,858 (USA)
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Trivia

Several of the scenes were shot near Ocean Beach at the Beach Chalet where the 2nd floor is a working restaurant but the first floor has historic murals from the 1930's. The Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant is located above the Golden Gate Park Visitor's Center which features the amazing and historic WPA frescoes created by Lucien Labaudt in the 1930's. The artwork captures the flavor of San Francisco in that era in a style of the Arts and Crafts movement - a must see for fans of the style and for anyone who wants a taste of the strange and incredible period in which the WPA allowed art projects like this to exist during such hard times. 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: I COULDN'T HOLD HIS FUCKING HAND, OKAY!
Maggie Ward: No, you didn't hold a hand! Not unless it was young, female, and attractive!
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Features The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

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Up, Up, Up
Written by Dan Hicks
Performed by Dan Hicks and the Acoustic Warriors with the Licketts
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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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