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The Trial -- A suicidal small town attorney finds his life transformed when assigned to a capital punishment case.
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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Matthew Modine ... Mac

Nikki Deloach ... Mindy

Burgess Jenkins ... Harry O'ryan

Robert Forster ... Ray

Bob Gunton ... Joe Whetstone

Randy Wayne ... Pete Thomason

Rance Howard ... Judge Danielson

Clare Carey ... Dr. Anna Wilkes

Larry Bagby ... Spencer Hightower

Brett Rice ... Dr. Newbern

Jason Burkey ... Prisoner

David Dwyer ... Alex Hightower

R. Keith Harris ... Lt. Monroe

Danny Vinson ... Rodney MacFarland

Brian Lafontaine ... Dr. Eastman

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

Bonnie Johnson ... Jury Forewoman

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

Zachary T. Robbins ... Hunter Wilkes

Darren W. Conrad ... Juror

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

Gordon Price ... Trial attendee

John Edward Layton ... Prison Guard
Andrew R. Kaplan ... District Attorney

Cherokee Cillie ... Juror

Marc Soper ... Prison Visitor

James Harvley ... Courtroom spectator

Ted Johnson ... Bank Manager

Rebekah James ... Kathy

Chad Gundersen ... Thug #2

Caroline O'Neil ... Prison Visitor
Mark Scarboro ... Gene Nelson
Chandler McIntyre ... Sandy

Dan A.R. Kelly ... Juror
Edd Robinson ... Juror
Marc Keenan ... Courtroom Member
Wendy Foster ... Spencer Hightower's Girlfriend
Jenny-Lynn Waugh Azarian ... Cafe Patron

Scott C. Reynolds ... Baliff (as Scott Reynolds)
Todd Davis ... Courtroom Member

Janine Lorraine ... Courtroom Juror (as Janine Lorraine)
Tommy Allen Taylor ... Golfer
Jay N. Cohen ... Prison guard (as Jay Cohen)
Dottie Grissom-Hardin ... Juror
Simone White ... Joan Brinkley (as Simone T. White)
Reid McGraw ... Skitch McGee
William Sykes ... Asst. District Attorney
Jeff Teague ... Court Room Spectator
Tina Maynard ... Juror
Carter London ... Prison Visitor
Vicki Hathaway ... Juror
John F. Ayers III ... Cellmate of thomason
George R. Francis ... Juror
Nikki Palmer ... Juror
Ashley Monique 'Moe' Sanders ... Potential Juror / Court Room Member
Jane Seawell ... Court Room Spectator
Ashley Manning ... Juror
Oletha Cuevas ... Juror
C. Burfict ... Police Officer
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)
Donald Norris Jr. ... Courtroom Spectator (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
Gordon Rijnders .... post-synchronization director: german version
Gordon Rijnders .... sound mixer: german version
Zach Seivers .... adr supervisor: Los Angeles
Sid Williams .... sound mixer
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)
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
101 min
USA:PG-13 (certificate #46074)


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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
'Thank God I Was Spared', 14 January 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

If one sees The Trial on DVD or on a television broadcast, hasten to assure yourselves you will not be seeing the Orson Welles film The Trial or a remake thereof. If you see it stars Matthew Modine than make sure you catch it.

The film opens with Modine who has been unable to come to grips with the death of his wife and children ready to blow the top of his head off with a revolver. As he's ready to do the deed, a phone call comes.

It's from Judge Rance Howard who wants to get Modine back in the among the living and in the practice of his profession. He appoints him the defense attorney of young Randy Wayne who is accused of the murder of his sweetheart, the daughter of a prominent family in the area. He plied her with 'roofies' to loosen her inhibitions and he's taken them himself. When he came down he finds himself with her dead body and no memory of the crime at all.

He gets all his courtroom skills back, it's like riding a bicycle, once learned it all comes back. But this is a tough case and he needs the assistance of psychologist Claire Carey, research assistant Nikki Deloach and most of all Robert Forster his late wife's brother for some heavy muscle and a bit of detective work. The answer is quite a bit more involved than a case of 'roofies' gone bad.

Modine who also produced this gives a carefully delineated performance of a lawyer being brought back to life in his profession and every day living. In the end he has reason to thank the Deity for being spared in the tragedy that overtook his family.

The Trial has the look and feel of a television pilot and I'm sure Matthew Modine is trying to sell it to one of the networks. I do hope he succeeds.

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