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Benefit of the Doubt (1993)

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

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Frank
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Karen Braswell
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Pete Braswell
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Dan
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Calhoun
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Gideon Lee
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Suzanna
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Mueller
Julie Hasel ...
Young Karen
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Karen's Mother
Ralph McTurk ...
Trooper
Shane McCabe ...
Wayland
Margaret Johnson ...
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Heinrich James ...
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Jean Fowler ...
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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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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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Average Drama/Thriller Featuring Donald Sutherland and Amy Irving...
7 December 2007 | by (Arroyo Grande, California.) – See all my reviews

This 1993 drama/thriller 'Benefit of the Doubt' stars Donald Sutherland and Amy Irving. Sutherland delivers a strong performance (as does Irving) in a rather "straight to video" quality film.

Amy Irving plays a character very unlike her other performances (such as Carrie, The Fury or Anastasia). For one thing she doesn't have her trademark curly hair but is a straight blonde, she plays Karen an Arizona single mom who works in an adult bar and smokes cigarettes. She has daddy issues, 22 years ago her father Frank (Sutherland) was arrested and placed into prison with the help of Karen after attacking his wife and killing her.

Frank is released and Karen is hysterical when she first finds out her son Pete (Rider Strong) has had a harmless encounter with her father. Karen tells her son to promise her not to see him again but Frank finds ways trying to enter her life again and seems harmless doing it. What Karen doesn't know is if what she saw that night 22 years ago actually happened and if she can trust her father again, a man she help stay in prison for such a long time.

One word can describe Amy in this film, and that is 'HOT', she is incredibly sexy and has a racy scene with her on-screen boyfriend Dan (Christopher McDonald), Sutherland is 'good' in his role. I watched this not expecting much and is good, just good. It wasn't incredibly well made but it passes for a good midday movie or if you are suffering from incredible boredom.

6/10.


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