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Death Benefit (1996)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  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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13 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Bénéfice mortel  »

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Ostensibly good story, but amateurish, unfocused execution
27 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

I'm confused. Is this a movie called `Death Benefit' that's about building a case in a homicide investigation, or is it a movie called `Family Neglect' about a professional man's responsibility to his family and his firm. Instead of staying focused on the true story, literally Every Other Scene is about how the protagonist is neglecting his insipid wife, his annoying son, his irritating secretary, or his stupid boss. All of these cardboard characters continually detract from what could have been a solid drama between two strong characters. Also, the director/editor keeps using quick-cut flashbacks in what I guess they think adds intensity, but the montage is so artlessly assembled, these only look like a student filmmaker's attempt to be arty.


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