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Jagged Edge (1985)

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San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Marquand

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Mayenzet ... Page Forrester
Peter Coyote ... Thomas Krasny
Dave Austin Dave Austin ... Policeman
Richard Partlow ... Policeman
Lance Henriksen ... Frank Martin
William Allen Young ... Greg Arnold
Ben Hammer ... Dr. Goldman
Jeff Bridges ... Jack Forrester
James Karen ... Andrew Hardesty
Sanford Jensen Sanford Jensen ... Scott Talbot
Woody Eney Woody Eney ... Austin Lofton
Al Ruscio ... Carl Siegal
Sharon Hanian Sharon Hanian ... Assistant D.A.
Sarah Cunningham Sarah Cunningham ... First Judge
Glenn Close ... Teddy Barnes
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San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires lawyer Teddy Barnes to defend him, despite the fact she hasn't handled a criminal case for many years. There's a certain chemistry between them and Teddy soon finds herself defending the man she loves. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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When a murder case is this shocking, which do you trust... your emotions or the evidence? See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hearts of Fire See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,094,091, 6 October 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,500,000
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The make, model and color of the old manual typewriter was a black 1942 Corona typewriter. See more »

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When Julie Jensen is testifying and Krasny and Barnes are arguing, the judge says "I'll see you both in my chambers!" and stands up and leaves the courtroom. The bailiff does not call "All Rise" and no one in the courtroom stands. This occurs several times during the trial. See more »

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[last lines]
Sam Ransom: Fuck him. He was trash.
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Written by prolific screenwriter Joe Eszterhas...
24 November 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

that can be a good or bad thing, depending on the material, and actors involved.

In this instance Glenn Close gives a worthy performance, although she seems to be using one facet of her many sides; she has so much more to offer. For a talented actor, the role of hard-boiled lawyer Teddy can hardly be challenging.

Peter Coyote is also good as prosecutor, albeit a bit crude and seems a bit too well dressed, considering he works for the prosecution. Robert Loggia as Teddy's investigator, determining whether Jeff Bridges is a sociopath or not. Would he kill his wife for money?. Seemingly no. He seems a decent, narcissistic, handsome newspaper publisher.

The sub-theme of Teddy, shirking her career, and attending the funeral of a young (innocent) man who hangs himself in jail seems gratuitous. These days, any lawyer who is successful defending criminals most probably would not attend a funeral in these circumstances. It is nice to humanize the attorney, but not at the expense of reality. I am certain audiences today have a hard time empathizing with any attorney.

That being said, the story is intriguing, although now redundant. The courtroom scenes a bit too protracted, but Close and Bridges have a believable chemistry in this. Supposedly Eszterhas wrote this with intimations of the Manson killing; rather strange considering the fact that that was SUPPOSEDLY a random, violent killing, According to Mr. Vincent Bugliosi, author and prosecutor in 1969. 7/10.


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