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Writer (WGA):
Sharon Elizabeth Doyle (written by)
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Release Date:
17 August 1998 (USA) See more »
She's fighting for her rights - and for her life.
A Montana judge has to protect her family from a militia group after she challenges their leader. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Patricia Wettig ... Judge

Matt McCoy ... Joe
Terry Lawrence ... Deputy Reese
Hal Kerbes ... Freeman
Stephen Hair ... Justin Atwood

M. Emmet Walsh ... Marshal Phillips
Edanna Andrews ... Allison

Jesse Moss ... Dwain
Julie Rogers ... Andrea
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lorette Clow ... Housewife

Deni DeLory ... Gayla McKinney

David Haysom

Daniel Libman ... Agent Greene
Donna Tunney ... Mrs. Bowers
Ron Webber ... Reporter
Darren Daurie ... Swat Team Sniper (uncredited)

Tara Howie ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Metzger 
Writing credits
Sharon Elizabeth Doyle (written by)

Produced by
Andrea Baynes .... producer
Greg Gugliotta .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dan Wool  (as Pray for Rain)
Makeup Department
Donna Fuller .... first assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Eda Lishman .... production manager
Karen Thornton .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Ambury .... third assistant director
Avrel Fisher .... first assistant director
Martin Pedersen .... third assistant director
Trevor Seitz .... second assistant director
Art Department
Melodi Petrigo .... art department coordinator (as Melodi McGill)
James Weeks .... carpenter
Sound Department
William H. Angarola .... supervising sound editor
Rick Hinson .... sound effects editor
George Tarrant .... sound mixer
Dan Tauber .... boom operator
Jim Finkbeiner .... stunts
Corry Glass .... stunts
Kirk Jarrett .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
T.C. Chapman .... gaffer
Jarrett Craig .... camera trainee
Chris Large .... still photographer
Carey Toner .... a camera/steadicam operator
Casting Department
Lana Carson .... casting associate
Editorial Department
Darren Frankel .... executive in charge of post-production
Location Management
Neale Joudrie .... location manager
Matt Palmer .... assistant location manager
Other crew
Susan Becker .... first assistant accountant
Jill Heather .... assistant production coordinator
John Lacroix .... production accountant
Jason Lewis .... production assistant
Pamela Poole .... production coordinator
Gerry Therrien .... animal coordinator

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Also Known As:
"Strangers in a Small Town" - USA (alternative title)
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86 min


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A padded disappointment, 1 May 2001
Author: Castor-11 from Victoria B.C.

I saw this movie last night on the Canadian "Women's Channel" which boasted that the film was an "exclusive" My opinion: probably because all other channels passed on it. The particular program on which this movie appeared, deals with topical social problems (usually, very well),holding discussions on the message of each movie. Last night's movie was supposed to convey the menace of right-wing anti-government groups...which, the program's moderator asserted were sprouting all over, even here, in law-abiding Canada. Whether or not, this be true, I couldn't tell from the movie where the bad guys did a lot of huffing and puffing, but the tensest moments, for me, was when a radio newscast announced the McVeigh bombing. I was prepared to be outraged at all the fulfilled threats against the heroine and her family, but, at films end, felt mildly annoyed at myself for waiting almost two hours, for all the various dynamics promised, but not delivered, at the film's "climax". I felt cheated, believing that the producers had, literally, made a big, padded, production out of a few scattered incidents in an obscure Montana town, and cashed in, on the fight at Waco, and the Oklahoma City bombing. The film was of some value to caused me to reflect on the aesthetics of movie-making - if I were a film producer, I'd make the love interest...interesting. The quickest way to indicate why the hero/ heroine find each other attractive, is to make them attractive to the viewer. In a real lifetime, we can fall in love with short fat hairy people, because we do have a lifetime for their winning ways, or our mutual chemistry to work. In a movie, one has to identify wth the hero/heroine within a few reels. I'm not suggesting that the characters in this movie were s,f, or h. but for all their attraction for me, they might as well have been. Sure, the actors were competent as I aver most actors are - but why not get competent actors who are easy to look upon? (probably for far less money than what was paid to some of the "names" in this movie)

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