An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement.
Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Terry... See full summary »
An outlaw, a waitress and her misfit neighbor come upon a baby in the midst of car wreckage. With his former partner in crime out to get him, the outlaw and his new friends put their lives on the line to protect the infant from danger.
A political thriller about Laine Hanson, a senator who is nominated to become Vice President following the death of the previous office holder. During the confirmation process, Laine is the victim of a vicious attack on her personal life in which stories of sexual deviancy are spread. She is torn as to whether she should fight back, or stick to her high principles and refuse to comment on the allegations. Written by
Director Rod Lurie aid he first offered the lead role of President Jackson Evans to Paul Newman and then to Gregory Peck. Newman--then in semi-retirement--declined, as did Peck, claiming he was 'too damn old' for the role. In response, Lurie rewrote President Evans's character to be younger, and then cast 'Jeff Bridges'. See more »
When Runyon and Webster are speaking for the first time, they pass a room in which a chandelier that appears to have a black flag (a piece of grip equipment used to block glare from lights) attached to it. See more »
Well, I bet you've been getting a lot of Churchills. Probably Mandela. Some DeGaulles. But I'd have to go with Anwar Sadat.
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Though the movie targets political moralizers with its message, it manages to be incredibly moralizing itself. The 'good' characters are complex while the 'bad' characters are just evil and one-dimensional. The cliched crescendo of uplifting music in the final moments cements its status as a good movie that "could have been."
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