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The Penalty Phase (1986)

Things looked pretty simple: the confessed murderer had all the evidence against him. The Prosecutor Jansen could not have been more relentless, conservative and incisive. Furthermore, the ... See full summary »

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Tony Richardson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Strauss ... Judge Kenneth Hoffman
Jonelle Allen ... Susan Jansen
Karen Austin ... Julie
Jane Badler ... Katie Pinter
John Harkins ... Mr. Hunter
Millie Perkins ... Nancy Faulkner
Mitchell Ryan ... Judge Donald Faulkner (as Mitch Ryan)
Richard Bright ... Judge Von Karman
Richard Chaves ... Nolan Esherman
Rossie Harris ... Zach Hoffman
Art LaFleur ... Pete Pavlovich
Melissa Gilbert ... Leah Furman
Mark Allen Mark Allen ... Gil
Ron Campbell Ron Campbell ... Chris
Stuart Duckworth Stuart Duckworth ... Singleton
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Things looked pretty simple: the confessed murderer had all the evidence against him. The Prosecutor Jansen could not have been more relentless, conservative and incisive. Furthermore, the jury already had a verdict: guilty of the more than 30 charges against him. But suddenly Judge Kenneth Hoffman finds out that the evidence was not obtained legally, so the procedure is void. Judge Hoffman is in the middle of this legal storm, although he wants to apply the law strictly, he will find everybody against him. Written by Tony Chavez <tonychu@chanchan.unitru.edu.pe>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Face da Justiça See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Surprisingly meaningful and worth taking the time for.
3 January 2011 | by ttaskmasterSee all my reviews

Bought for the sole reason that it stars Peter Strauss.

This appears to be a made-for-TV movie, so don't expect those Hollywood over-the-top "Oscar winning" performances... Instead, be pleasantly surprised by how well non-mainstream actors actually do their job. As with many such productions, this just looks like a bunch of people doing stuff. It's almost documentary in it's execution... but that is what real life is like and the performances in this film are realistic indeed. One gets the impression that this might be one of those 'based on a true story' tales.

The plot is sensible enough and holds a small surprise at the end for those who think they know the plot before it's even started. The subject matter is quite poignant and as relevant today as it was back here in the 80s.

Few names I personally recognise in this, but I was pleasantly surprised to see Richard Chaves, whom some may remember as Poncho Ramirez in Predator! Strauss himself, as always, brings a very realistic and human depth to his portrayal of his character. On the surface, the judge is played as written and the script is evident, but anyone familiar with Strauss's performances will easily note how much more than just dialogue Pete brings to this role. He plays well off his fellow stars and they play well off him.

Definitely worth a watch!!


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