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When Annie Laird is selected as a juror in a big Mafia trial, she is forced by someone known as "The Teacher" to persuade the other jurors to vote "not guilty". He threatens to kill her son if she doesn't commit. When the trial is over, he can't let her go... Written by Thomas Meyer <i03a@zfn.uni-bremen.de>

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$44,834,712 (USA)
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Anne Heche who plays Juliet in the movie, would later star alongside Demi Moore's now ex-husband Ashton Kutcher in "Spread". See more »

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Annie's hair when she is trashing her studio. See more »

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Teacher: Hey Joseph... look at your old man.
[Joseph sees Louie being blown up by a concealed bomb]
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Written by Bill Berry (as William Berry), Peter Buck, Mike Mills & Michael Stipe
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broad thriller not quite working
6 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

Mobster Louie Boffano (Tony Lo Bianco) is on trial for murder. Annie Laird (Demi Moore) is an artist selected as a juror in the big trial. She and her son Oliver (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is soon being tracked by mob muscle Eddie (James Gandolfini). She's wine-and-dine by a rich art dealer but he turns out to be someone working for Boffano. He's known as "The Teacher" (Alec Baldwin). She is shocked at his veiled threats against Oliver and her friend Juliet (Anne Heche).

This is a bunch of very broad characters in a wannabe thriller. Moore as the protective mother is functional. Baldwin is good when he's creepy but he loses something as a maniac. Gandolfini does some good acting that foreshadows better things to come for him. The story needs to be simplified. The first half is fine but the movie deteriorates. When the trial finishes, the movie needs a reason to go on, and on, and on. So the movie change the driving force from the trial to a psycho Teacher. The change lost me a little and I stopped caring.


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