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The Defenders: Choice of Evils (1998)

Series of new films on Showtime based on the old tv series finds the lawyers having to defend a journalist charged in a wrongful death. However, because of a bureaucratic screw-up, he is ... See full summary »

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D.A. Al Orsini
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Jeanne Baptiste
David Hemblen
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Sarah Casey
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Jack Casey
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Brian Clarke
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William McAstin
Marium Carvell ...
Sally McAstin
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Series of new films on Showtime based on the old tv series finds the lawyers having to defend a journalist charged in a wrongful death. However, because of a bureaucratic screw-up, he is accidentally freed from prison which sets him on the run and into an incident in which a policeman is killed during an attempt to re-capture him. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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18 January 1998 (USA)  »

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E.G. Marshall's final filmed acting project. See more »

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Followed by The Defenders: Taking the First (1998) See more »

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Wonderful possibilities, strong cast, disappointing failure.
1 May 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

Great cast, including E.G. Marshall in a reprise of his role in the 60's TV series, John Laroquette, Beau Bridges, Mark Blum, good premise, familiar territory--more than enough for a good-ole courtroom whodunit.

But this presentation begins to unnerve almost immediately. Martha Plimpton's upstart young attorney is so annoying, it throws the whole meter of the drama off the rails, time after time.

Her dialogue is so trite, so predictable, that it gives the viewer absolutely no room to let her character provide the conflict that's necessary to give the story some depth. Her delivery is so harsh you almost reach for the volume-down button every time she speaks.

Lack of subtlety, in the story, and the dialogue are really the major culprits, Even the scenes without Plimpton are cliché, and heavy-handed. Plimpton's performance is merely the cherry on top.

It's a real shame.


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