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Defenseless (1991)

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A lawyer is hired to defend an old college friend accused of murdering her husband.

Director:

Martin Campbell

Writers:

James Cresson (story) (as James Hicks), Jeff Burkhart (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Hershey ... Thelma 'T.K.' Knudsen Katwuller
Sam Shepard ... Det. Beutel
Mary Beth Hurt ... Ellie Seldes
J.T. Walsh ... Steven Seldes
Kellie Overbey ... Janna Seldes
Jay O. Sanders ... Bull Dozer
John Kapelos ... Jack Hammer
Sheree North ... Mrs. Bodeck
Randy Brooks ... Monroe
Christopher M. Brown Christopher M. Brown ... Dubbing Theatre Employee
Michael Collins Michael Collins ... Policeman
George P. Wilbur ... Sherman Bodeck
Marabina Jaimes ... T.K.'s Receptionist
John Achorn ... Board Member in Law Firm
Lisa Darr ... Board Member in Law Firm
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Storyline

The lawyer Thelma "T.K." Knudsen Katwuller is having a love affair with her client, Steven Seldes, accused of making under-age porn movies through the Blue Screen Production. When T.K. meets her old college friend Ellie Seldes, she finds that she is Steven's wife and Ellie invites T.K. to have dinner with her family at her home. T.K. decides to break-up with Steven and he asks her to meet him in his office. While waiting for Steven, T.K. finds that he owns the Blue Screen Production and had lied to her. The next morning, Ellie is arrested and accused of murdering her husband and Ellie hires T.K. to defend her. Detective Beutel feels that something is missing in the case. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Stalked by a madman. Framed by a killer. Terrified by the truth.

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eternal Evil See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,413,375
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Nothing special, either way.
8 May 2001 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Technically well-made but ordinary, unremarkable little mystery thriller. The script tries for ambiguity and succeeds most of the way, but ultimately goes for the predictable resolution. Martin Campbell's direction shows care and knowledge of the genre, but lacks style and seems mostly by-the-numbers. Barbara Hershey, although somewhat aging, still shines, and Walsh, Hurt and the actor who plays the brutal, deranged father offer excellent supporting work. But Sam Shepard just looks bored and disinterested. (**)


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