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Death Benefit (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  13 March 1996 (USA)
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Steven Keeney is a big corporate lawyer who decides to take on a small-time murder case to discover the true circumstances behind the death of a young girl. Virginia McGinnis is the one ... See full summary »

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Steven Keeney
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Virginia McGinnis
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Wynn Burkholder
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Sylvia Guzman
Elizabeth Ruscio ...
LouAnne Wilkens
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Sarah West
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Mark Vandenberg
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Rod Montgomery
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Dick Coates
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Tim O'Grady
Joan McMurtrey ...
Dr. Susan Lindsay-Rhodes
Ben Slack ...
Eddie Edison
Sharen Camille ...
Melissa Wilkens
Nathan Lawrence ...
Christian Keeney
Rick Cicetti ...
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Steven Keeney is a big corporate lawyer who decides to take on a small-time murder case to discover the true circumstances behind the death of a young girl. Virginia McGinnis is the one suspected of pushing the women off the cliff to collect on a small insurance policy. The further he goes into the case the more he reveals about the background of the suspect. Keeney finds support from others who also want to find out the truth behind the case. Written by Chantel Cotterell <ynnahc@msn.com>

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »
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Bénéfice mortel  »

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Carrie Snodgress saves the movie...
6 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with the earlier reviewer; she proves her acting ability, despite a thin script and bland dialogue. Peter Horton is also good, at least not the usual slick lawyer from a firm- (ergo; he is a sympathetic character!!) That is NOT an easy accomplishment, to portray a lawyer AND be a likable character.

In fact, I will not even watch movies anymore about attorneys, courtroom dramas, etc. Writers, please take note after the Scott Peterson and Michael Jackson debacles last year, the phrase "courtroom drama" has been maxxed out, for at least the next ten years. That being said, this film was based on a true story, and there are minimal courtroom settings.

The sociopath is portrayed by Carrie Snodgress, who also played opposite Steve Railsback in the movie "Ed Gein". She does an excellent job, as always. So watch the film for her performance- and for genuine acting, by a talented actor.


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