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A Case for Murder (1993)

Jack Hammett is an aggressive young defence attorney on the rise up the corporate ladder. In the courtroom he's known as the "Hail Mary Kid" for his ability to win the unwinnable cases. ... See full summary »

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Kate Weldon
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Jack Hemmet
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Joanna Gains
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Alan Nugent
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Pattie Henderson (as Justine Arlin)
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Darren Gaines
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Steve Dahlberg
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Judge Helen McCoy
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Marti Stevens
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Detective Haas (as Robert Do Qui)
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Neville Gerson
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Henry Constantine
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Merv Stravinski
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Sylvie
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Jack Hammett is an aggressive young defence attorney on the rise up the corporate ladder. In the courtroom he's known as the "Hail Mary Kid" for his ability to win the unwinnable cases. When one of the firm's lawyers, Darren Gaines, is murdered and Gaines' wife is charged, Hammett is assigned as her attorney. Hammett asks Kate Weldon, a recently hired lawyer, to assist him. Together they discover some inconsistencies in the case as well as a possible connection to the recent murder of a judge. Written by Brian D. Switzer <bswitzer@uoguelph.ca>

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Rated R for some sexuality and for a scene of battering | See all certifications »
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19 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Ein Fall für den Mörder  »

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A GOOD STORY PERFORMED WITH SKILL
2 February 2001 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

An interesting scenario, solid direction and capable acting combine in lifting this suspense film above the pack. Although the storyline abounds with melodramatic episodes leading to the solution of two murders, the editing provides a model of how to move a work towards its climax without becoming prey to incongruity. It is fair to say that this is one of the few attempts in cinema to utilize dialogue in a creative, i.e.aesthetic, fashion by having all of the major characters speak in a realistic syntax, utilizing restatement and repetition, as is customary with most of us. Intensity is heightened as well as interest developed for the players. Despite the film having obviously cost less than a pretty penny, director Duncan Gibbins derives fine performances for the actors by permitting them adequate camera time for displaying emotion. Peter Berg, Jennifer Grey and Belinda Bauer all prove their worth in their roles. With all of the filming in and about Chicago, production design and art direction were both appropriate. There is a nicely flexible score by composer Randy Miller. A CASE FOR MURDER is not a whodunit; it is grounded with solid filmmaking, requiring some attention by the viewer to determine the forces that move the principals.


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