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Writer (WGA):
Elizabeth Chandler (written by)
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Release Date:
30 May 1992 (USA) See more »
The Enemy Isn't Always On The Other Side. See more »
Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 9 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Laura Dern ... Janet Harduvel

Robert Loggia ... Leo Morrone

Vincent Spano ... Ted Harduvel

Michael Rooker ... Casey 'Z' Zankowski

Welker White ... Mary Sciales

Richard Jenkins ... Acton Ryder
Andy Romano ... Dr. Carl Haller

Basil Wallace ... Terry North

Gary Basaraba ... Bill Decker

Dion Anderson ... Col. Hewson

Kasi Lemmons ... Carol North

Daniel Benzali ... Col. John Patterson
Cassy Friel ... Kiki Harduval

Christopher John Fields ... Charlie Reeves

Lewis Dix Jr. ... Joe
Matthew Posey ... Stanley

David Warshofsky ... Tiger

Stephen Burleigh ... Jeff Maxwell

Paul Perri ... Elliot Pace
Ron Frazier ... Col. Wilcox
Pierre Epstein ... Judge Colissimo

Richard Fancy ... Stephen Grant

Walter Addison ... Col. Andrew Mays

Peter Jason ... Col. Fred Pearson
Robert Balderson ... Jury Foreman
Rick Cicetti ... Mechanic (as Richard Cicetti)

Ryan Cutrona ... Wing Commander
John Fountain ... Pilot
Marjorie Harris ... Mitzi

Todd Jeffries ... Danny
Jeffrey King ... Harvey Matell
Kenton R. Lietzau ... F-16 Crew Chief
T.R. Marino ... Instructor

Michael Monks ... Controller
John I. Moseley ... Doctor (as Dr. John I. Moseley)
Randal K. Quan ... Honor Guard Captain
Jane Marla Robbins ... Annette
Janet Sciales ... Woman at Party
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessica Russell ... Vanessa (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Markowitz 
Writing credits
Elizabeth Chandler (written by)

Produced by
Elizabeth Chandler .... co-producer
Paul Kurta .... producer
Steve Tisch .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland 
Cinematography by
Isidore Mankofsky 
Film Editing by
Jerrold L. Ludwig 
Casting by
Molly Lopata 
Production Design by
Donald Lee Harris  (as Donald Light-Harris)
Set Decoration by
Ernie Bishop 
Costume Design by
Mary Kay Stolz 
Makeup Department
Lelis A. Arroyo .... assistant hair stylist (as Lelis Aramita-Arroyo)
Michelle Bühler .... key makeup artist (as Michelle Buhler)
Scott Williams .... head hair stylist
Production Management
Lisa C. Cook .... production supervisor
Tim King .... post-production supervisor
Paul Kurta .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher T. Gerrity .... second assistant director
Larry Lerner .... second second assistant director
Ray Marsh .... first assistant director
Art Department
Stanford Gilbert .... second assistant property master (as Stan Gilbert)
Karen Hartjen .... on-set dresser
Airick Kredell .... leadman
Chris Lane .... storyboard artist
David Lubin .... assistant art director
David Lubin .... set designer
King Orba .... assistant property master (as Mark Wallace)
Cheri Paul .... property master
Dennis Riewerts .... drapery
H.W. 'Pat' Ryan .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Anna Behlmer .... sound re-recording mixer (as Ana Behlmer)
Paul Farmer .... cable person
Joseph Geisinger .... production sound mixer
Sam Gemette .... supervising sound editor
William Jacobs .... sound editor
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Vandagriff .... supervising adr editor
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Woods .... boom operator
Special Effects by
José Díaz .... special effects assistant (as Jose Diaz)
William H. Schirmer .... special effects supervisor (as Bill Schirmer)
Visual Effects by
Leon Bijou .... technical advisor: Stargate Films
Greg Bridges .... grip: Stargate Films
Stephen David Brooks .... associate visual effects supervisor: Stargate Films (as Steve Brooks)
Daniel Brown .... miniatures supervisor: Stargate Films (as Dan Brown)
Richard Cornfield .... producer: Stargate Films
Michael Haase .... mechanical effects assistant: Stargate Films
Logan Hamilton .... model maker: Stargate Films
Harry Hope .... key grip: Stargate Films
David Kuklish .... mechanical effects supervisor: Stargate Films
James Iver Mattson .... matte photography: Stargate Films (as Jim Mattson)
Dawn Michaels .... production assistant: Stargate Films
Mark Mueller .... first assistant camera: Stargate Films
Sam Nicholson .... visual effects supervisor: Stargate Films
Jason Norris .... computer programmer: Toaster Marmalade
Toby Roberts .... production assistant: Stargate Films
Dan Schmit .... technical designer: Stargate Films (as Dan Schmidt)
Tony Shepherd .... video effects: Stargate Films
Jesse Silver .... matte paintings: Stargate Films (as Jessie Silver)
Chris Simmons .... model maker: Stargate Films
Paula Stross .... model maker: Stargate Films
Jerry Vaughn .... production manager: Stargate Films
Joe Viskocil .... pyrotechnics: Stargate Films
Joshua Weisel .... production assistant: Stargate Films (as Josh Weisel)
Brannon Wright .... model maker: Stargate Films
Ken Wilder .... digital artist (uncredited)
Raulette Woods .... visual effects: Stargate Films (uncredited)
Ron Burke .... stunt coordinator
David Gene Gibbs .... stunt pilot (as David Gibbs)
Neil Looy .... stunts
Chris Nielsen .... stunts
Paul E. Short .... stunts (as Paul Short)
Camera and Electrical Department
Casey Hotchkiss .... camera operator (as Case Hotchkiss)
David Jarrell .... gaffer
Tom Kessenich .... key grip
Steven Mann .... first assistant camera (as Steven 'Manny' Mann)
Michael Palmer .... best boy electric
Lenny Schway .... second second assistant camera
Todd Slyapich .... second assistant camera
William J. Taylor .... dolly grip (as Billy Taylor)
Janet Van Ham .... still photographer
Paul Wilkowsky .... best boy grip
Kenneth Estes .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Suzanne Anaya .... extras casting
Barbara Blosveren .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Laurie Shapiro .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthia Black .... set costumer (as Cynthia D. Black-Montoya)
Joanne Carol Dendel .... assistant costume designer
Nancy Jo Jackson .... additional costumer
Robin Roberts .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Lawrence J. Gleason .... associate film editor
Jolie Gorchov .... assistant film editor
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
Lois Trent-Bring .... negative cutter
Music Department
Michael T. Andreas .... musician: trumpet
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Jeff Seitz .... scoring engineer
Michael Thompson .... musician: guitar
Transportation Department
David Frederick .... transportation captain
Jeri Kelley .... transportation coordinator
Glenn Midcap .... driver (uncredited)
Paul Tumber .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Kevin Aiello .... caterer
Gregory Bartlett .... location manager (as Greg Bartlett)
Hans Berggren .... production accountant
Howell Caldwell .... production assistant
Brad Coley .... researcher
Mary Courtney .... production coordinator
Jennifer Crammer .... assistant: Mr. Markowitz
Mary Ann D'Achille-Weyer .... craft service
Stel Deleon .... assistant production coordinator (as Stel DeLeon)
Hilary English .... assistant: Mr. Tisch
Charles R. Eulo Jr. .... researcher
Lynette Graves .... production assistant
Janet Harduvel .... creative consultant
Kathy Herlong .... medical advisor
Mary Alice Holmes .... assistant accountant
Chuck Hood .... technical advisor
Steve Housewright .... location manager
Pat Jackson .... teacher/welfare worker
Stephen Kelly .... production assistant
T.R. Marino .... technical advisor
Sean McCarron .... production assistant
Douglas S. McClintock II .... assistant location manager (as Doug McClintock)
Jennifer Mielziner .... first aid
Nick Mook .... production assistant
Debby Parks .... assistant: Mr. Kurta
Ron Pipes .... production assistant (as Ronald E. Pipes II)
Mark Scherzer .... production assistant
Earnest Sheldon Jr. .... technical advisor (as Ernie Sheldon)
Carol Stewart .... script supervisor
John Van Citters .... production assistant
Charlie Weyer .... craft service
Lisa Marie Boiko .... stand-in (uncredited)
Sam Carlson .... location crew (uncredited)
Ken Rudolph .... title designer: main title sequence (uncredited)
Laurence Starkman .... title designer (uncredited)
Dan Bradley .... acknowledgment: news footage courtesy of WFLA-TV, Tampa, Florida
Ted Harduvel .... dedicated to the memory of
Rob North .... acknowledgment: news footage courtesy of WFLA-TV, Tampa, Florida
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103 min | Argentina:110 min
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Factual errors: During the funeral, the flag is shown draped over the casket with the field of blue over what would be the right shoulder or left foot of the deceased. In a funeral where the flag is used, the field of blue should be over the left shoulder of the deceased and the casket carried feet first. Note: Although later in the movie it is mentioned that only the hands were recovered from the accident and were the only contents of the casket, the flag would still be displayed with the field of blue covering where the left shoulder would be, had there been an entire body.See more »
Janet Harduvel:[At Ted Harduvel's gravesite] I know it wasn't Ted's fault. I'm not coming back here until I prove it.See more »
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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Low-Class Floozie Fights Injustice, 5 August 2003
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

There were a spate of movies that came out over the course of a decade or so in which ordinary women, rather than saints, saw injustice in the system and fought against it. In "Marie," Sissy Spacek was the woman next door who just happened to stumble over state corruption and righted it despite resistance. That was in, I think, 1984. A few years later, Jodie Foster turned in a first-rate performance as a victimized woman who fights the legal bureaucracy in "The Accused." The innovate feature of "Accused" was that Foster played a young woman who was not only less than saintly but positively low-class. The film won Foster an Academy Award and it must have light a few light bulbs among the MBAs who greenlight projects, because in 2000, Julia Roberts won accolades for a similar part.

This one, starring Laura Dern, and featuring Loggia, Spano, and perennial heavy Rooker, among others, came in between -- 1992. And it really is derivative. Vincent Spano is a sexy pilot and Dern is a sexy waitress in a saloon. She brash and vulgar. She talks back to authority figures and smartasses smug housewives. She smokes. She wears her golden hair up in a great big pile on top of her head. She wears cheap-looking clothes, and she's easy. We can all recognize her as exactly the type of girl a Captain in the United States Air Force, an officer and a gentleman by act of Congress, would propose marriage to.

But, not to worry. The producers and writers must have realized that if they wanted to hook the female audience, this coarseness could only be taken so far. Therefore, as the movie progresses, so does Dern. She remains an outspoken woman, of course, but her demeanor and grooming change, gradually, until by the end she is perfectly fashionable by any middle-class definition.

It's not Dern's fault. She gives the role everything she's got and is quite good, throwing her ectomorphic body with those endlessly long legs around so carelessly. Her face is an interesting object as well, long and thin, with appealing blonde hair and darker brows and lashes. Spano is handsome too, I suppose, although we see a bit more of him than we need to perhaps. Robert Loggia is his dependable self. Rooker plays a mixed-up family friend who's heart is in the right place.

General Dynamics is the villain here. Spano's F-16 nosedives into the ground. The Air Force deems it pilot error, but Dern, the faithful wife, knows there is what she calls "a cover up." And so there is. General Dynamics is taken to court. No power on earth could force me to reveal who wins the case.

The plot is conventionally structured. The music stays in the background. The location shooting, in Southern California, isn't bad. It's derivative, yes, but so were several films that followed "Accused." That floozy business is the most interesting part of the pattern, though, and this made-for-TV movie gets rid of it pretty quickly.

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