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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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Melissa Gilbert's performance is Penalty Phase is misleading
7 June 2003 | by StanbabeSee all my reviews

This film is a disappointing satire of the justice system's efforts to rule on capital punishment.The judge(played by Peter Strauss)is trying to deal with a contriversal ruling for a criminal.Who many want to see get the death penilty.While the pro life group wants to see this man get either life in prison or a parole and some psycho-thearpy to help rehabilitate him back into society.The judge doesn't want to louse up this situation.Since he needs positive votes from his consituates to earn him another term on the bench.Melissa Gilbert's appearances in this film are limited to two cameos.Both of them are minor and one.Where she tries to have illicit sex with Judge Strauss is neither sexually exciting or nessicary for the scene.Mr.Strauss' performance in this film is equally forgettable.In Short.."Penality Phase"is a tv movie drama that should have been condemned before it ever got to the network airways.


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