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Benefit of the Doubt (1993)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  16 July 1993 (USA)
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A convicted wife murderer returns 22 year later to seek revenge on the daughter who help convict him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Braswell
Pete Braswell
Gideon Lee
Julie Hasel ...
Young Karen
Karen's Mother
Ralph McTurk ...
Shane McCabe ...
Margaret Johnson ...
Heinrich James ...
Marina Guard
Jean Fowler ...


Twenty two years earlier, Karen helped convict her father, Frank, for the murder of her mother. With his new freedom, thanks to parole, Frank returns home to seek revenge. Having always pleaded his innocence, Frank soon works his way back into Karen's life. Written by Rob Hartill

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A terrifying story of fatherly love.




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16 July 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beneficio del dubbio  »

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$151,860 (USA)

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Frank: [Smugly as his grandson holds a gun on him] You won't do it
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Another "Creepy Grandpa" performance by Donald Sutherland ....
9 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Benefit of the Doubt" features another "Creepy Grandpa" performance by Donald Sutherland, not unlike his character in "Panic". Sutherland is very good in both films, and is surrounded by excellent supporting actors, William H. Macy in "Panic", and Amy Irving and Graham Greene in "Benefit of the Doubt". Another plus is the beautiful desert setting, with magnificent red rock formations. Although the story is rather straightforward, the entertainment value is high. Grandfather is released from prison, and seeks relationship with estranged Daughter who helped convict him. Theodore Bikel's performance, as the district attorney is noteworthy also. Recommended. - MERK

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