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Lawyer Rick Magruder has a one-night-stand affair with caterer Mallory Doss. He becomes hooked on her, and when he learns her nut-case father Dixon is threatening her, he puts the weight of his law firm behind Mallory, has Dixon arrested and subpoenas her ex-husband Pete to testify against Dixon in court. Dixon is sent to an asylum, but escapes from there and the lives of many people are in danger. Written by
In the beginning of the movie, as Rick returns to Savannah, Georgia from a trial in Jacksonville, Florida, he crosses the Talmadge Memorial Bridge. The bridge spans the Savannah River and is located north of the city. Jacksonville, of course, is located south of Savannah, and Rick would have to go way out of his way to cross the bridge as he enters Savannah. See more »
No offense ma'am, but it's always appeared to me your Dad's a few beers shy of a six-pack.
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Well worth seeing but don't try to follow the plot
For at least two-thirds of its time I found this a superior, intriguing thriller, which isn't surprising as it's written and directed by Robert Altman, based on a John Grisham novel. As well as attracting a quality cast and crew, Altman invests the movie with some of his trademark overlapping sound, possibly some improvised scenes, and of course inventive visuals. The opening aerial shots of rivers winding through a delta predict the labyrinthine plot; and the occasional red cars and red umbrellas punctuating the generally drab and rain-sodden exteriors are portents of later violence. (There are also some felines, though no cat scene as memorable as the one with Elliott Gould in The Long Goodbye!)
When first introduced to us, Rick Magruder (Kenneth Branagh with a convincing Southern accent) seems the epitome of a successful criminal lawyer, but we soon learn that he has a flakey side, when he becomes overly interested in a needy, waif-like waitress (Embeth Davidtz) he drives home. He is soon involved with committing her oddball father - a rather minor part for Robert Duvall - to an asylum; and from then on Magruder goes downhill, while we try to follow an increasingly baffling plot. Daryl Hannah plays Magruder's chic associate; and Robert Downey Jr is a private eye with a drink problem. Sadly, for its last 20 or 30 minutes, the movie becomes bogged down in the tropical storm, before reaching a fairly clichéd Hollywood climax.
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