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Trial by Jury (1994)

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Valerie is a juror in the trail of a mob boss. When her young son's life is threatened, she has no option other than to see that justice isn't done.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valerie Alston (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Rusty Pirone
Daniel Graham
Tommy Vesey
Jane Lyle, Juror
John Boyle
Leo Greco
Eleanor Lyons
Teddy Parnell
Graham Jarvis ...
Mr. Duffy, Foreman
Paul Baker, Juror
Johnny Verona
Beau Starr ...
Bryan Shilowich ...
Robbie, Valerie's Son


Valerie is a juror in the trail of a mob boss. When her young son's life is threatened, she has no option other than to see that justice isn't done.

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To protect her child from the Mob, she did what any mother would have done. Lie. Deceive. Manipulate. See more »


Thriller | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

9 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Geschworene  »

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$6,971,777 (USA)

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(some sequences)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Rusty Pirone: I'm the guy who falls into a sewer and comes out with his pants pressed.
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Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
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Could Have Been a Great Film-Noir
15 May 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In New York, Valerie Alston (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer) is a single woman, who has a small son and is the owner of a store of clothes. She is convoked to participate of the jury of the trial of the mobster Rusty Pirone (Armand Assante), who will be judged for several murders. In the eve, the key witness of the prosecutor Daniel Graham (Gabriel Byrne) was executed with the four police officers that were protecting him by Pirone's men. Meanwhile, the ex-cop Tommy Vesey (William Hurt), who also works for Pirone, threatens Valerie, menacing to kill her son if she does not claim that Pirone is not guilty. "Trial by Jury" is not a bad movie, but it could have been a great film-noir. The first three-quarters of the story are indeed excellent. But there are two weaknesses in this film: the first one is the performance of Joanne Whalley-Kilmer. The character of Valerie lives a terrible dramatic dilemma and a very conflictive situation between her consciousness and the request of the mobster, and demanded a more expressive actress. Unfortunately, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer keeps the same expression in the most different situations along the story. The second weak point is the conclusion of the story, which is too much "Hollywoodian" to be credible. Anyway, this film is a good entertainment. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Tribunal Sob Suspeita" ("Tribunal Under Suspicion")

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