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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 »
Jed 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
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The movie's storyline is based on the Ford Pinto legal case - the lawsuit of Grimshaw v. Ford Motor Company (119 Cal. App. 3d 757). Website Wikipedia states that this litigation was "a California case about the safety of the Ford Pinto car, manufactured by [the] Ford Motor Company with knowledge of design flaws that might lead to serious injury". Wikipedia defines a class action as "...a type of lawsuit where one of the parties is a group of people who are represented collectively by a member of that group. The class action originated in the United States and is still predominantly a U.S. phenomenon, but several European countries with civil law, have made changes in recent years to allow consumer organizations to bring claims on behalf of consumers".See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Drama, in and out of the courtroom! Wow., 17 June 2006
Author: dy158 from Singapore

I still find it kind of a coincidence that this was aired here on the cable the day before Fathers' Day here. Father Jedediah Ward (Gene Hackman) and daughter Maggie (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) are both lawyers and coincidentally, they are on the opposing ends of a major court case.

From the start, one can see that Maggie is very driven to be successful in the lawyers' circles given she told her boss she wanted to take on the case because she is very aware of the company the law firm she works for represents. And her colleagues then told her that her father is the plaintiff for the case. Now this drove the daughter to outwin her father in the courtroom even more.

All the estrangement actually went back to the time when Maggie realised her father is not faithful to her mother. So whenever they passed by each other, Maggie often never gave her father one look. After Mrs Ward's passing, father and daughter reunite each other for a while...but! The old issues all came back.

And when along the way in researching for the case, an obstacle appeared and it almost led Maggie into trouble. Jedediah thought his daughter is almost in trouble and they managed to clear out some things between each other. It even led to surprising events which happened on the day of the big court case.

For me who has always been interested how lawyers always go about their work, this is a nice introduction. Father-daughter relationship is also being explored here. That is why I said about the movie on cable the day before it's Fathers' Day today here.

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