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The Lesser Evil (1998)

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When four young boys decide to go over-board with dealing with two bullies, they believe they can get away with their crime. Years later, new evidence appears and the cops are back on the ... See full summary »

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Derek Eastman
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Frank O'Brian
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Ivan Williams
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George
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Young Frank
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Young Derek
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Young George
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Young Ivan
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Detective Hardaway
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Derek's Father
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Dying Man
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Jock #2
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When four young boys decide to go over-board with dealing with two bullies, they believe they can get away with their crime. Years later, new evidence appears and the cops are back on the trail to solve the murders. The four - now the owner of a failing lumber company (Colm Feore), a priest (Arliss Howard), a policeman (Tony Goldwyn), and a lawyer (David Paymer) - gather in a remote cabin to discuss what their future actions should be. Told in harrowing flashbacks and with obvious difference of current points-of-view, the men argue out their circumstances. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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28 August 1998 (Italy)  »

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Deras livs misstag  »

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A clip from the film is featured in Party Down Season 2 Episode 5. See more »

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When we first see the grown-up Frank outside the cabin, he is missing his shield on his shirt. Then it magically appears inside the cabin. See more »

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References Piranha (1978) See more »

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Enjoyed seeing this suspenseful indie at the first San Diego Film Festival, June 1998.
9 March 1999 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

"The Lesser Evil" was the opening film at the first San Diego International Film Festival in June 1998. This suspenseful drama reveals the terrifying events that take place when four high-school friends make a big mistake. The story is told in flashbacks as the four, now adults, meet again to try to maintain the secret they have kept for years. Several surprises and one really scary night in the woods will hold your interest. The double cast, one for the early events and another for the present, is quite good.


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