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Legal Eagles (1986)

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A New York district attorney works and flirts with his adversary and her kooky artist client, who is on trial for a murder she didn't commit.

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Ivan Reitman

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Ivan Reitman (story), Jim Cash (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Redford ... Tom Logan
Debra Winger ... Laura Kelly
Daryl Hannah ... Chelsea Deardon
Brian Dennehy ... Cavanaugh
Terence Stamp ... Victor Taft
Steven Hill ... Bower
David Clennon ... Blanchard
John McMartin ... Forrester
Jennifer Dundas ... Jennifer Logan (as Jennie Dundas)
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Judge Dawkins
Christine Baranski ... Carol Freeman
Sara Botsford ... Barbara
David Hart ... Marchek
James Hurdle James Hurdle ... Sebastian Dearden
Gary Howard Klar Gary Howard Klar ... Hit Man (as Gary Klar)
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Storyline

District Attorney Tom Logan is set for higher office, at least until he becomes involved with defence lawyer Laura Kelly and her unpredictable client Chelsea Deardon. It seems the least of Chelsea's crimes is the theft of a very valuable painting, but as the women persuade Logan to investigate further and to cut some official corners, a much more sinister scenario starts to emerge. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A new comedy from the director of Ghostbusters See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peligrosamente juntos See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,043,360, 20 June 1986

Gross USA:

$49,851,591

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,151,591
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Hill, who plays New York District Attorney Bower for this film, would later play New York District Attorney Adam Schiff in the TV series Law & Order (1990). See more »

Goofs

When Kelly and Logan enter Taft's warehouse, it's sunny with a few clouds. Moments later, when Taft closes the warehouse door, it's still broad daylight with bright sun. But a minute later when Kelly and Logan escape the warehouse, it's dusk and the buildings in the Manhattan skyline have their lights on. See more »

Quotes

Tom Logan: Ladies and gentlemen, Chelsea Deardon didn't kill Victor Taft. The prosecution has suggested a possible motive, but one based on hearsay, conjecture and circumstantial evidence. Evidence that appears to have some substance, but upon closer examination, will prove to have no relevance whatsoever to this case.
[stops and looks at the jury]
Tom Logan: You're not buying this, are you? You're not listening to a word I'm saying. Yeah? Guess what? I don't blame you. After listening to Mr. Blanchard lay out the ...
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Alternate Versions

SPOILER: The syndicated broadcast version offers a considerably changed ending, in which the Daryl Hannah character goes from being innocent of murder to being guilty of one of the murders. (There are also differently edited versions of the Chelsea-is-guilty ending.) See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Robert Redford (1992) See more »

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Love Touch
Performed by Rod Stewart
Written by Mike Chapman (as Mike Chapman), Holly Knight and Gene Black
Available exclusively on Warner Bros. Records
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Birds of the Law
24 March 2012 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

It's far from perfect but 'Legal Eagles' is quite nostalgic and entertaining. The story is very contrived especially with so many plot holes and the characters aren't fully fleshed out either but it has a very noire style approach and does keep you in suspense. The humour also works quite well. On the technical side it's a decently made film, nothing too flashy which is good. I also liked the presentation of the art world.

No matter what one says about 'Legal Eagles', for me the highlight is easily Robert Redford and a very cute Debra Winger. Both actors are spellbinding, delivering subtle and charming performances. As performers, they just look so comfortable with each other. Their chemistry is amazing and their scenes, especially their on-screen banter, are a delight to watch.

Daryl Hannah's role is sketchy but she looks sizzling and I enjoyed her sequences with Redford and the scene where she demonstrates her art. Brian Dennehy is wasted. Terence Stamp is adequate.

So yes, it's got its flaws but how can you not enjoy it for Redford and Winger?


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