MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 7,900 this week

Undue Influence (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  15 September 1996 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 144 users  
Reviews: 4 user

Lawyer Paul Madriani becomes embroiled in his most baffling case at a most difficult time. His wife Nikki has died of cancer, and he's caring for his daughter Sarah while negotiating a ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (teleplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 330 titles
created 12 Oct 2011
 
a list of 129 titles
created 23 May 2012
 
a list of 10000 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 1232 titles
created 4 months ago
 
list image
a list of 4732 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Undue Influence" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Undue Influence (TV Movie 1996)

Undue Influence (TV Movie 1996) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Undue Influence.

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Burden of Proof (TV Movie 1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A lawyer who's still recuperating after the untimely death of his wife, must defend his probably dirty brother-in-law, a stockbroker under investigation. He discovers that everyone has dark secrets, including himself.

Director: Mike Robe
Stars: Hector Elizondo, Brian Dennehy, Mel Harris
Leave of Absence (TV Movie 1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When a married man's mistress falls seriously ill, he must make the toughest choice of his life.

Director: Tom McLoughlin
Stars: Brian Dennehy, Jacqueline Bisset, Blythe Danner
Jack Reed: One of Our Own (TV Movie 1995)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Jack Reed investigates a young woman whom he and his wife take into their household when she turns out to be targeted by unknown assassins.

Director: Brian Dennehy
Stars: Brian Dennehy, Charles S. Dutton, Susan Ruttan
Detective (TV Movie 2005)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Detective Sergeant Malcolm Ainslie, a Catholic priest turned distinguished investigator for the police, has agreed to hear the confession of a convicted serial killer sentenced to death in ... See full summary »

Director: David S. Cass Sr.
Stars: Tom Berenger, Annabeth Gish, Rick Gomez
A Father's Revenge (TV Movie 1988)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

German terrorists kidnap the crew of an aeroplane as they leave the airport. The terrorists demand the release of two of their colleagues, who are to be extradited to the USA. The father of... See full summary »

Director: John Herzfeld
Stars: Brian Dennehy, Ron Silver, Anthony Valentine
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A lawyer is accused of rape by one of his female associates. He denies it, but his friends, neighbors and associates are split on whether they trust him or not.

Director: Brian Dennehy
Stars: Brian Dennehy, Reed Diamond, Alice Krige
Foreign Affairs (TV Movie 1993)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two couples find love and comfort in London. A reserved, but lonely aging American female college professor meets a self-confident, married, but disillusioned aging American and aging English actress meets a young lively American.

Director: Jim O'Brien
Stars: Joanne Woodward, Brian Dennehy, Eric Stoltz
Perfect Witness (TV Movie 1989)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A witness to a mob killing has second thoughts about testifying when he realizes his family might become a target.

Director: Robert Mandel
Stars: Brian Dennehy, Aidan Quinn, Stockard Channing
Acceptable Risks (TV Movie 1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A chemical plant is leaking toxic waste into a nearby town; the plant's management tries to hush it up.

Director: Rick Wallace
Stars: Brian Dennehy, Kenneth McMillan, Christine Ebersole
Three Blind Mice (TV Movie 2001)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A lawyer defends a man he's known since serving together in Vietnam, who has been accused of murdering three Vietnamese immigrants. Now he'll have to fight against a tenacious District ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Leitch
Stars: Brian Dennehy, Debrah Farentino, Mary Stuart Masterson
Murder in the Heartland (TV Mini-Series 1993)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A wanna-be tough guy and his 14-year-old girlfriend go on a murder spree.

Stars: Tim Roth, Fairuza Balk, Kate Reid
Shadow of a Doubt (TV Movie 1995)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Charlie Sloan is an alcoholic defence lawyer drawn back into the courtroom by Robin Harwell, a woman he once loved who wants him to defend her stepdaughter Angel, who is accused of murder. ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Dennehy
Stars: Brian Dennehy, Bonnie Bedelia, Fairuza Balk
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Paul Madriani
...
Laurel Vega
...
Dana Colby
...
Harry Hines
...
Clem
...
Jack Vega
...
Danny Vega
...
Melanie Vega
...
Sarah Madriani
...
Carla Morgan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Falconer Abraham ...
Security Guard
...
Funeral Priest
...
Jack's Lawyer
Brenda Bazinet ...
Nicole Madriani
...
Teenage Gang Leader
Edit

Storyline

Lawyer Paul Madriani becomes embroiled in his most baffling case at a most difficult time. His wife Nikki has died of cancer, and he's caring for his daughter Sarah while negotiating a custody settlement between his sister-in-law Laurel and her ex-husband, Senator Jack Vega, over 17-year-old Danny. When Vega's new wife Melanie is found murdered, suspicion points to Laurel who was filmed by a security camera arguing with her at her home just hours before the shooting. At the crime scene, Paul meets a long-time friend, U.S. Attorney Dana Colby, and grudge-bearing detective Lama, who claims an airtight case against Laurel. Paul tries unsuccessfully to arrange a plea bargain. Investigating, he finds the Vegas' neighbors, George and Kathy Merlow, have disappeared. His questioning of Kathy's postal co-worker is cut short by a package bomb meant for him. Before the blast that kills the co-worker and six patrons, but spares Paul, he learns the Merlows are hiding in Jamaica. A romance develops... Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Steve Martini's Undue Influence  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Short and Sweet... : )
22 April 2008 | by (Sunny Southern California, USA) – See all my reviews

Okay, since at this time there are only 2 reviews of this film and because of the specific nature of this film I felt that I really should leave a brief comment.

First off, for what it's worth, to the fellow who is all worked up about Jean Smart... Yeah, she looks okay... HUGE breasts, scrawny legs, so you call it as you see it... : ) Personally I kind of liked Patricia Richardson better. Cuter, less gamy (Yes, I think I could tell she had had work done; it looked pretty tight around the eyes...) None the less, cute in a kind of perky almost tom-boyish kind of way.

Anyway, sorry about that... Back to the film. All right, let me state right off (well, ALMOST right off) that within the first 30 minutes or so the acting and direction were SO bloody AWFUL that I took the discs out of my player and threw them in the trash cursing all the while. Because up till NOW I had yet to see any film with Brian Dennehy that I didn't like. Especially many movies where he has played either a cop or a lawyer. But THIS one... Lame, Lame, Lame... However, after I settled down a little and did a BIT more reading here on IMDb, I thought, okay the damn thing is 240 minutes long, of COURSE there's gonna be LOTS of padding at the beginning and I was curious as to what was really going on.

So, I steeled myself, took the discs BACK out of the trash and cleaned them off and continued with the movie (BTW, I had stopped when Brian Dennehy was meeting the dubiously lovely Ms. Smart in the fancy restaurant. Man, the dialog and delivery were getting SO damn clichéd and TRULY painful, that I just couldn't take it any more!) But, I did my best to try to ignore the amateurish direction, which I feel was indeed the main culprit, and just hold on to see how the plot was gonna develop.

Okay (I guess this really ISN'T very 'Short & Sweet' after all, is it; sorry about that : ) Here is the Bottom Line:

1. You have to endure the first 30-45 minutes at least, probably due to LAME direction, some amateurish acting and padded script.

2. BUT, and it's a BIG BUT like Mariah Carey's, IF you can hold out until the LAST 30-45 minutes THEN the story itself actually does indeed get fairly involving and there are a couple of decent twists.

So, that's about it; still quite sub-par overall for a film with Brian Dennehy and in my opinion probably the poorest one out of all of his. The STORY was not bad, it is just the WAY it was told could have been a LOT better...


2 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Glowing laser lens nhawthorne-1
Orded the movie =) ashleychick1995
WOW!!! brussels_sprout13
Discuss Undue Influence (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?