On Disc

at Amazon

When a sexy actress is charged with murder, a charming celebrity lawyer uses trickery to defend her against the press as well as the prosecution.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Naked in New York begins in the car of grown up Jake, he is talking to us about his girlfriend, Joanne, (watch for the facial expressions) and to whom you can turn to for help while facing ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Algrant
Stars: Eric Stoltz, Mary-Louise Parker, Ralph Macchio
A Breed Apart (1984)
Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A conservationist and a widow meet a mountain climber hired to steal bald-eagle eggs.

Director: Philippe Mora
Stars: Rutger Hauer, Powers Boothe, Kathleen Turner
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Eddie Jones is an agent with the U.S. State Department's elite Eliminator Corps. He eliminates people the government doesn't want around. Eddie also needs to change his life.

Director: Dwayne Johnson-Cochran
Stars: Courtney B. Vance, Regina King, Jason Alexander
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Julia, an American woman living in Italy, becomes depressed and traumatized after her husband Paolo is killed in a car accident on their wedding day. Six years later, Julia inexplicably ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Del Monte
Stars: Kathleen Turner, Gabriele Ferzetti, Gabriel Byrne
Cupid & Cate (TV Movie 2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Cate has a small boutique where she sells vintage clothes. She is dating some snob whose mother thinks that Cate is a second class citizen because of her line of work. Harry meets Cate and ... See full summary »

Director: Brent Shields
Stars: Mary-Louise Parker, Peter Gallagher, Bebe Neuwirth
Breathing Lessons (TV Movie 1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A married couple review their lives and renew their love for one another while driving to a friend's funeral.

Director: John Erman
Stars: James Garner, Joanne Woodward, Kathryn Erbe
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Joe and Mary have been living together in Manhattan for six years. Joe is an actor, who has no agent and no thesping credits, but whose ambitions are very high. He works as a waiter at a ... See full summary »

Director: Tom DiCillo
Stars: Matthew Modine, Catherine Keener, Daryl Hannah
The Last Debate (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Four members of the media are chosen as moderator and panel for the single televised debate of presidential candidates one week before the election. These four use the debate forum as never... See full summary »

Director: John Badham
Stars: James Garner, Peter Gallagher, Audra McDonald
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A CIA agent gets caught up in political intrigue after he gets brought in to solve the murder of a Cuban ambassador.

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Maruschka Detmers, Assumpta Serna
Not Our Son (TV Movie 1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Seattle household secretly cooperates with police in a case that links a family member to widespread arson.

Director: Michael Ray Rhodes
Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Gerald McRaney, Tom Verica
Enid (TV Movie 2009)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Edwardian child Enid Blyton begins to tell stories to her brothers as an escape from their parents' rows before the father deserts the family. Whilst training as a teacher after the Great ... See full summary »

Director: James Hawes
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Matthew Macfadyen, Denis Lawson
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Interconnected stories examine situations involving the five senses. Touch is represented by a massage therapist who is treating a woman, while her daughter accidentally loses the woman's ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Podeswa
Stars: Molly Parker, Gabrielle Rose, Elize Frances Stolk
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Norman Keane
...
Angela Beale
...
Rica Martin
...
Roy Guyton
...
Roy's Father
...
Brenda Whitlass
...
Randy Mucklan
...
Judge Handley
...
Kurt Lee
...
Mr. Blum
...
Rod Brooks
Randall Arney ...
Dean Davis
Darcy Belsher ...
Reggie
...
Cashen Depps
Frank Buckley ...
KCAL Channel 9 Reporter
Edit

Storyline

An actress (Gina Gershon) accused of the murder of her brother-in-law with whom she may have been having an affair is defended by a young, naive attorney (Edward Kerr) whose strings are being pulled by a slick celebrity lawyer (James Garner). Kathleen Turner also appears as the tv tabloid "Scandal Central" talk show host who exposes the legal sham and the actress' pretense. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A jog vadorzói  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

The pro-gun group's spokesman praises the "4th Amendment" as protecting Beale's right to own a gun. The right to keep and bear arms is protected by the 2nd Amendment (the 4th amendment provides protection against unreasonable searches). See more »

Quotes

Roy Guyton: I had a very smart professor back at State. He did a whole lecture once on the dangers of relationships in the workplace.
Rica Martin: What do you think I'm proposing here, picnic baskets in a meadow? I'm talking about you and me bent over the Xerox machine when no one's looking.
Roy Guyton: Oh. He didn't cover that.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Overplayed
3 May 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Angela Beale a famous actress is charged with murdering her violent husband . The problem with this premise is that the very first scene sees Angela acting all strange as she bangs on doors telling everyone she killed her husband , though maybe that's not accurate . Maybe I should be saying the actress playing Angela - Gina Gershon - gives a masterclass in how to mug and over act for the camera in order for the audience to know that maybe she didn't kill her husband in self defence

That's the problem with LEGALSESE it's ridiculously overplayed , so much so that you have to turn off the sound and avoid looking at the screen to stop the performances assaulting your senses . Bob Hoskins said that the camera can read your mind and it's true so why didn't the cast in this movie realise this ?

I notice that the screen credits say Glenn Jordan was the director while Billy Ray wrote the script but since TNT was the TV company that produced this I have the feeling LEGALSESE was the brain child of Ted Turner . The villain of the story is Norman Keane . Is he a surrogate Rupert Murdoch by any chance ? No doubt this TVM is trying to be satirical but for satire to work via a narrative story subtlety is needed and there's no subtlety in sight - Only very loud acting


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

Message Boards

Recent Posts
great movie! Evergreen_Tce
DVD is coming! fieldofstones
Likeability of the main character Dr.P.
Discuss Legalese (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?