Trial by Jury (1994)

R  |   |  Thriller, Crime, Drama  |  9 September 1994 (USA)
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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
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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Did You Know?


Tommy Vesey: The name of the game, Valerie, is not who dies but who dies first. That'll be your boy.
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All The Way
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Published by Maraville Music Corp.
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Doesn't totally convince but is better than "The Juror"!
29 October 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Pirone (Armand Assante) is a mob boss being brought to trial by DA Graham (Gabriel Bryne). When the star witness is whacked Graham replaces him with another mob boss. Pirone targets once of the jury, a single mother Valerie (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer) using dirty ex-cop Vesey (William Hurt) to get close to her. Valerie must hang the jury or risk her and her son being killed.

This is a solid mob courtroom thriller with a edge. The story is interesting because you're not sure how Whalley-Kilmer will deal with the situations she is put in - it is quite tense for most of the movie. The actors are all good, Hurt especially plays against type with his shady dirty cop, Bryne does well but Whalley-Kilmer is not that good. Given the demands of the lead character Valerie it may have benefited from a better actress - that said she carries off the innocent single mother role convincingly. All the mob roles are played by actors who you'll see in lots of other gangster flicks including Goodfellas, The Sopranos etc. Some other interesting faces appear

  • William R. Moses of Perry Mason TVM "fame" appears as a jury, while David

Cronenberg has a walk-on part as a film director.

While Whalley-Kilmer doesn't totally convince in Valerie's character change towards the films conclusion the majority of the plot holds together well. If you've seen Demi Moore in "The Juror" then this is similar in plot but "Trial by Jury" is a much stronger film.

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