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The Trial -- Attorney Mac McClain has nothing left to live for.  Three years after the horrific accident that claimed the lives of his wife and two sons, he's finally given up.  Then the phone rings.  Mac is asked to take one final case: the trial of his life.

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Cast

 

Matthew Modine ... Mac

Robert Forster ... Ray

Larry Bagby ... Spencer Hightower

Bob Gunton ... Joe Whetstone

Randy Wayne ... Pete Thomason

Nikki Deloach ... Mindy

Burgess Jenkins ... Harry O'ryan

Rance Howard ... Judge Danielson

Clare Carey ... Dr. Anna Wilkes

Jason Burkey ... Prisoner

Brett Rice ... Dr. Newbern

Danny Vinson ... Rodney MacFarland

Gary Ray Moore ... Car Salesman (as Gary Moore)

David Dwyer ... Alex Hightower

R. Keith Harris ... Lt. Monroe

Marc Soper ... Prison Visitor

Sandra Elise Williams ... Dean Marjorie Plant (as Sandra W. Van Natta)

Kera O'Bryon ... Angela Hightower (voice)

Andrew R. Kaplan ... District Attorney

Bonnie Johnson ... Jury Forewoman

Darren W. Conrad ... Juror

Gordon Price ... Trial attendee

Zachary T. Robbins ... Hunter Wilkes

Brian Lafontaine ... Dr. Eastman

Caroline O'Neil ... Prison Visitor

Chad Gundersen ... Thug #2

James Harvley ... Courtroom spectator

Janine Lorraine ... Courtroom Juror (as Janine Lorraine)

Cherokee Cillie ... Juror
Todd Davis ... Courtroom Member

Rebekah James ... Kathy

Chandler McIntyre ... Sandy

Ted Johnson ... Bank Manager

Dan A.R. Kelly ... Juror
Marc Keenan ... Courtroom Member
Mark Scarboro ... Gene Nelson
Jeff Teague ... Court Room Spectator
Wendy Foster ... Spencer Hightower's Girlfriend
Jay N. Cohen ... Prison guard (as Jay Cohen)
Ashley Manning ... Juror

Scott C. Reynolds ... Baliff (as Scott Reynolds)
Carter London ... Prison Visitor

John Edward Layton ... Prison Guard
Edd Robinson ... Juror
Ashley Monique 'Moe' Sanders ... Potential Juror / Court Room Member

Jane Seawell ... Court Room Spectator
Oletha Cuevas ... Juror
John F. Ayers III ... Cellmate of thomason
Nikki Palmer ... Juror
Tommy Allen Taylor ... Golfer
C. Burfict ... Police Officer
Tina Maynard ... Juror
Vicki Hathaway ... Juror
Reid McGraw ... Skitch McGee
George R. Francis ... Juror
William Sykes ... Asst. District Attorney
Jenny-Lynn Waugh Azarian ... Cafe Patron
Dottie Grissom-Hardin ... Juror
Simone White ... Joan Brinkley (as Simone T. White)
Bill Treat ... Juror
Cynthia Rhudy ... Juror

Tara-Nicole Azarian ... Josie's Customer (uncredited)
Janice Lea Conrad ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Sarah Nicole Ellis ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)

Paul Gibson ... Newspaper Photographer (uncredited)
Marki Henderson ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Shannon Kneece ... Waitress (uncredited)
David R. Moore ... Court room member (uncredited)

Gabriella Mullis ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)

Laura Palka ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Christina Smith ... Court Room Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Gary Wheeler 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Freiburger 
Gary Wheeler 
Robert Whitlow  novel

Produced by
John F. Ayers III .... executive producer
Mark Freiburger .... producer
Elise Graham .... line producer
Chad Gundersen .... co-producer
Roger Hair .... associate producer
Reid McGraw .... executive producer
Brad Mix .... executive producer
Matthew Modine .... producer
Gary Wheeler .... producer
Kathy Whitlow .... executive producer
Robert Whitlow .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Rob Pottorf 
 
Cinematography by
Tom Priestley Jr. 
 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Olive 
 
Casting by
Beverly Holloway 
 
Production Design by
John D. Kretschmer 
 
Set Decoration by
Deanna Tilley 
 
Costume Design by
Kate Sawyer 
 
Makeup Department
Ashleigh Chavis .... makeup artist
Liz McCracken .... key makeup artist
Summer Trull .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Elise Graham .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clint Buckner .... additional second assistant director
C. Burfict .... second second assistant director
Rick Garside .... first assistant director
Alice M. Peschl .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jerry Adderton .... set dresser
Anthony Cam .... set dresser
Brody Docar .... property master
 
Sound Department
Randy Freeman .... boom operator
Alex Markowski .... sound re-recording mixer
Ian Millard .... sound effects editor
Zach Seivers .... adr supervisor: Los Angeles
Sid Williams .... sound mixer
 
Stunts
Dale Girard .... stunt coordinator
Carlos Lopez .... stunt safety
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Catherine Cravens .... best boy electric
Lee Fries .... assistant camera
Tyler Garrett .... grip
Paul Gibson .... still photographer
Philip Hurn .... camera operator
Philip Hurn .... director of photography: second unit
Andy Lohrenz .... key grip (as Andrew Lohrenz)
Shane McMullin .... grip
Symon Mink .... first assistant camera: b camera
Jonathan Terpstra .... lighting technician
Justin A. Wallace .... grip (as Justin Wallace)
Gary Webster .... first assistant camera
Randy Whiteland .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Juli Emmons .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amber Givens .... set costumer
Suann Sobkowski .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Jonathan Stanley .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Billy Howe .... trumpet
Andrew McKenna .... music assistant
Teddy Schnell .... music assistant
Adam D. West .... playback singer
 
Other crew
Jason Burkey .... craft service
Aaron Cline .... production assistant
Darren W. Conrad .... police technical advisor
Darren W. Conrad .... stand-in
Joshua P. Dease .... production accountant
Josh Ensink .... production coordinator
Roger Hair .... weapons master
Andrew R. Kaplan .... stand-in
Harrison Keller .... production assistant
Jason Allen King .... location manager
David R. Moore .... stand-in
Randall Stevens .... assistant: Mr. Freiburger
Kara B. Still .... script supervisor
Mark Thigpen .... stand-in: Mr. Bagby
Al Voikides .... assistant armourer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
David Bixler .... special thanks
Kevin Downes .... special thanks
Malcolm McDowell .... special thanks
Ryen W. Thomas .... thanks
Dale Williams .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Robert Whitlow's The Trial" - USA (complete title)
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Rated PG-13 for some thematic material and a disturbing image
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USA:PG-13 (certificate #46074)

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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Very Fine Courtroom Drama, 23 November 2010
Author: gradyharp from United States

THE TRIAL, adapted from Robert Whitlow's novel of the same name by director Gary Wheeler and Mark Freiburger, is in many ways a reminder of what movies used to be - movies that centered on trials of innocent victims or trials that, like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, surfaced other issues to ponder. This film is a quiet little intimate tale about the justice system in all its elegance and flaws, but it is more: there are human stories that interweave giving the film an aura of caring that is so rare in today's CGI-oriented Hollywood.

The film is set in the beauty of Georgia countryside, complete with mists and fields and rivers where we first see attorney Mac MacClain (Matthew Modine), pensive after the accidental death of his wife and two children nine years ago. His practice has fallen, his mental sate has fallen below the flatline state, and he is contemplating suicide when a telephone call from the wise old town judge (Rance Howard) summons him to take on a case of the murder of one Angela Hightower, the young and beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the little town, the corrupt Hightower family being part of Mac's sad past encounters. The accused is Angela's boyfriend Pete Thomason (an impressive Randy Wayne) who is now in jail claiming he had total amnesia for the event. Mac feels a sense of responsibility to the boy and agrees to take on the case, hiring back his assistant Mindy (Nikki Deloach) and his investigator Ray (Robert Forster). As they uncover facts Mac seeks advice from psychologist Dr. Anna Wilkes (Clare Carey) who in addition to testing Pete finds time to share her Grieving Group Sessions with Mac.

The evidence is gathered and the trial begins after a plea bargain is denied by Pete. The Hightower lawyer is the brilliant, eloquent but ruthless Joe Whetstone (a fine performance by Bob Gunton) and the battle of wits and rights is on. The courtroom drama is well written and the turn of events from the trial to the followup findings and second trial are well molded. If the film ends in a too saccharine mode, the quality of acting in the film before that should make the audience tolerate the preachiness. There are some fine cameos -Larry Bagby, Burgess Jenkins, Brett Rice among them - and there is much to learn about contemporary youth habits and small town tenor. This is not a great film, but it is a refreshing memory of the small and intimate films of yesteryear.

Grady Harp

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