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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Carolyn Shelby (written by) &
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Release Date:
15 March 1991 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
For the plaintiff...Jedediah Tucker Ward. For the defense...Margaret Eleanor Ward. Nothing Personal. It's just Father Vs. Daughter in the fight of their lives. See more »
Plot:
Jeb Ward is an attorney who specializes in whistle blower, David vs. Goliath, type cases. He finds a... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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father and daughter, both attorneys, duke it out See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Hackman ... Jedediah Tucker Ward

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Maggie Ward

Colin Friels ... Michael Grazier

Joanna Merlin ... Estelle Ward

Laurence Fishburne ... Nick Holbrook (as Larry Fishburne)

Donald Moffat ... Quinn

Jan Rubes ... Pavel

Matt Clark ... Judge Symes

Fred Dalton Thompson ... Dr. Getchell

Jonathan Silverman ... Brian
Joan McMurtrey ... Ann

Anne Ramsay ... Deborah (as Anne Elizabeth Ramsay)
David Byron ... Carl

Tim Hopper ... Howie

Robert David Hall ... Steven Kellen
Ren Reynolds ... Bartender at Bix
Wood Moy ... Mr. Minh
Victor Talmadge ... Bernstein
Ken Grantham ... Anthony Patricola
Hajna O. Moss ... Laura Holbrook
Abigail Van Alyn ... Judge Ormsby
Greg Goossen ... Bartender at Rosatti's (as Gregory B. Goossen)
Gretchen Grant ... Party Goer
Richard Zitrin ... Prosecutor
Elizabeth Monti ... Clerk
John Dearman ... Judge (as Judge John Dearman)
Carolyn Reynolds Najera ... Receptionist
Carolyn Shelby ... Woman Lawyer
James Van Harper ... Janitor
Dan Hicks ... Band at Rosatti's
Naomi Eisenberg ... Group Band Singer
Maryann Price ... Group Band Singer
Emmit Powell & The Gospel Elites ... Gospel singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ric Flair ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Smadar Hanson ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)

Michael D. Jones ... Jury Member (uncredited)

Neil O'Neill ... NightClub Attendee (uncredited)

Christabel Savalas ... Office Worker (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Apted 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Carolyn Shelby (written by) &
Christopher Ames (written by) and
Samantha Shad (written by)

Produced by
Christopher Ames .... co-producer
Robert W. Cort .... producer
Ted Field .... producer
Scott Kroopf .... producer
Kim Kurumada .... associate producer
Carolyn Shelby .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
James Horner 
 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ian Crafford 
 
Casting by
Lora Kennedy 
Linda Lowy 
 
Production Design by
Todd Hallowell 
 
Art Direction by
Mark Billerman 
 
Set Decoration by
Daniel Loren May  (as Dan May)
 
Costume Design by
Rita Ryack 
 
Makeup Department
Stephen Abrums .... head makeup artist (as Steve Abrums)
Steven E. Anderson .... makeup artist
John M. Elliott Jr. .... makeup artist (as John Elliott Jr.)
Emanuel Millar .... head hair stylist (as Manny Miller)
Candace Neal .... key hair stylist (as Candy Neal)
Catherine Childers .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Kim Kurumada .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christian P. Della Penna .... second second assistant director (as Chris Dellapenna)
Jodi Ehrlich .... second assistant director
Marty P. Ewing .... first assistant director (as Marty Ewing)
Robert J. Mooney .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
James R. Allen .... assistant props (as Jim Allen)
Vince Armanino .... lead carpenter
Lisa Devlin .... stand-by painter (as Lisa Devlin)
Emily Ferry .... property master
B.J. Fredrickson .... lead painter
Dennis Hanrahan .... swing gang
Gary Heider .... swing gang
Barbara Mesney .... set designer
Ray Mondoux .... construction foreman
Barbara Munch .... lead person
Gary E. Roloff .... assistant property master (as Gary Roloff)
I.J. Van Perre .... construction coordinator (as I.J. Van Perre Jr.)
Michael Whitehurst .... swing gang
Jennifer Clinard .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... supervising dialogue editor (as Lucy Coldsnow)
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Teri E. Dorman .... dialogue editor (as Terry Dorman)
Michael Evje .... sound mixer
Scott C. Eyler .... assistant sound editor
Gary S. Gerlich .... supervising sound editor
David Giammarco .... dialogue editor
Dan Gleich .... boom operator
Kimberly Harris .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Harris-Rivolier)
Ron S. Herbes .... assistant sound editor (as Ron Herbes)
David L. Horton Jr. .... foley editor
Samuel F. Kaufman .... sound recordist (as Samuel T. Kaufman)
Elliott Koretz .... sound effects editor (as Elliott L. Koretz)
Phillip Kos .... assistant sound editor
Andrea Lakin .... sound recordist
Andy Nelson .... dubbing mixer
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Steve Pedderson)
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
George Reinhardt .... sound utility
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer (as Charlene Richards)
Harry E. Snodgrass .... sound editor
Tom Caton .... boom operator (uncredited)
Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Tom Sindicich .... special effects
Peter Stolz .... assistant special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Beesley .... grip
Phil Bray .... still photographer
Steve Cardellini .... dolly grip
Gregory M. Childers .... best boy grip (as Greg Childers)
Patrick Figueroa .... grip
Gary Gill .... rigging grip
Jeff Gilliam .... electrician
Jon Guterres .... key grip (as Jonathan Guterres)
Conrad W. Hall .... first assistant camera
M. Todd Henry .... camera operator (as Todd Henry)
Deborah Morgan .... second assistant camera
Joe Carl Parsons .... electrician
Tom Stern .... chief lighting technician
Frank Strzalkowski .... best boy electric
Kevin Thompson .... electrician
Eric Blum .... electrician (uncredited)
Lou Weinert .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Nancy Hayes .... atmosphere casting
Bill McQuillen .... casting assistant
Davia Nelson .... casting: San Francisco
Jennifer Van Horn .... atmosphere casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giorgio Armani .... selected wardrobe: Ms. Mastrantonio
Michael Becker .... costumer: men (as Michael J. Becker)
Daniel Orlandi .... assistant to costume designer
Mary Elizabeth Still .... costumer: women (as Mary Still)
Sue Miller .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Catherine Chase .... assistant editor
Lee Grubin .... first assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Ann Pollack .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Brandon Fields .... musician
Ralph Grierson .... musician
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
James Horner .... musician
Shawn Murphy .... music scoring mixer
Ian Underwood .... musician
 
Transportation Department
Chuck Alsobrook .... transportation captain
Manny Demello .... transportation co-captain
Frank Gonzales .... transportation captain
James Thornsberry .... transportation coordinator (as Jim Thornsberry)
 
Other crew
Paula Benson-Himes .... production coordinator
David Boyll .... location assistant (as David L. Boyll)
Stacy Carling .... location assistant
Rory Enke .... location manager
Gordon Epperson .... caterer
Mary Jane Faris .... assistant accountant
Jordana Glick-Franzheim .... assistant: Mr. Cort
Susan Griffin .... assistant location manager
Kimberly Hughes .... production assistant
Linden Johnson .... assistant accountant
Penny Key .... assistant: Mr. Kroopf
David Lamb .... location scout
Joe Murphy .... production accountant
Karen Nemsick .... caterer
Ellen Pasternack .... unit publicist
Marshall Peck .... production associate
Valerie Peterson .... assistant production coordinator
Ann Pollack .... assistant: Mr. Apted
Scott Rosencrans .... production assistant
Frank Simeone .... location assistant
Paula Tracy Smuin .... choreographer (as Paula Smuin)
Judi Townsend .... script supervisor
Richard Zitrin .... legal advisor
Richard Zitrin .... technical advisor
Cathryn Blum .... location scout (uncredited)
Adam Pinkstaff .... vehicle fabricator (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for uses of strong language
Runtime:
110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): There is a scene between Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in the kitchen, and she says to Gene, "I forget......How many tablespoons are in a teaspoon?" She should have said, "How many teaspoons are in a tablespoon."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.See more »
Soundtrack:
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
father and daughter, both attorneys, duke it out, 27 September 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

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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