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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
15 March 1991 (USA) See more »
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 »
Jeb Ward is an attorney who specializes in whistle blower, David vs. Goliath, type cases. He finds a... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (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)

Directed by
Michael Apted 
Writing credits
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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Rated R for uses of strong language
110 min
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Did You Know?

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 »
Plot holes: After being deluged with former test engineer Pavel's lifetime work files while at the automaker, Jed Ward asks colleagues to find "Pavel, the bunny man," so they can speak with him. If they had not yet spoken with Pavel, Jed would not know to describe him as "the bunny man."See more »
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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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Not really a courtroom drama..., 19 July 2006
Author: Joe Franke from United States

As a fan of Hackman, Mastrantonio, and courtroom drama, I thought this might be another overlooked chestnut that might repay viewing. Well, I enjoyed the film thoroughly - but it was not really courtroom drama. So if that is what you're looking for, go elsewhere. People are in courtrooms, and there's some cross-examination, but that is not the core of the movie. The core is a story about a father-daughter relationship, and the ups and downs that the relationship can take. Criticized for being 'predictable' or 'smarmy', I found it to be a warm and occasionally humorous take on a plot that may have been presented before, but certainly bore presenting again, and I enjoyed the film very much.

Apted's directing is effective, though never innovative. The actors are all good - in fact, it is to their credit that they made simple lines and dialogue so effective. Hackman, of course, as always,is the professional he always is, and in Mastrantonio he has an actress who can take his words and put her own spin on them. Supporting cast is very solid, the music is early James Horner (good, but again nothing brilliant), setting and atmosphere were both average.

Overall, not a movie for a guy and his girl to watch, but a great movie for that girl and her father to watch. It would've been a great all-rounder if the drama had been in the court-room...

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