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License to Kill (1984)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 10 January 1984
A grieving family whose daughter was killed in a car crash with a drunken driver is outraged and frustrated as they encounter the inevitable bureaucratic delays in bringing the case to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Peterson
... Judith Peterson
... Tom Fiske
... Mary Fiske
... Amy Peterson
... Webster
Jacqueline Brookes ... Judge Miriam Roth
Kristen Vigard ... Lynne Peterson
... Martin Sawyer
... Steve
... Officer Caskey
Josef Rainer ... Campbell (as Joe Rainer)
... Bill Wilson
Marc Gilpin ... Larry Chernoff
Niki Flacks ... Meredith
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A grieving family whose daughter was killed in a car crash with a drunken driver is outraged and frustrated as they encounter the inevitable bureaucratic delays in bringing the case to trial. Once in the courtroom, they are horror-stricken as the young, hard-pressed district attorney seems unable to overcome the technicalities and maneuverings that the driver's attorney uses to keep his client out of jail and still on the streets as a legal driver. When the judge is forced to rule time and again in favor of the defense, it appears that the driver might escape punishment altogether. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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10 January 1984 (USA)  »

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Not to be confused with the James Bond 007 film of the same name. See more »

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Featured in Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond (2000) See more »

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Time in a Bottle
Written and Performed by Jim Croce
Produced by Terry Cashman and Tommy West
Courtesy of Lifesong Records
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A product of its time - but not a bad movie!
11 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Though Denzel Washington is used to promote this movie, it's not really a Denzel vehicle -- he doesn't show up until halfway through the movie, and during the second half of the movie, his appearances are staccato and brief. In other words, he's not the star.

The main characters are the members of the Peterson family -- father John (Farentino), mother Judith (Fuller), and younger daughter Amy (Meyers) -- each of whom struggles with his or her grief when the elder daughter of the family, Lynne (Vigard), is killed by a drunk driver. The family drifts apart as John obsesses over getting the guilty driver convicted of manslaughter; Judith sinks into helpless depression; and Amy is left lonely and afraid, her world suddenly upside-down.

Denzel comes into the picture as the extremely overworked but nevertheless competent public prosecutor Martin Sawyer, who is assigned the case against the driver charged with Lynne's death.

It's not a spectacular movie -- it has its maudlin moments, its result is predictable, and there are times you'll want to kick some of the characters for their obstinacy -- but as I say, it's a product of its time, and there are worse ways of spending an hour and a half. The message is a little heavy-handed, but it remains a valid one, however dated the movie itself may be (check out Denzel's glasses!).


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