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Class Action (1991)

An attorney representing a traumatized accident victim finds that his opponent is a very familiar defense attorney - his own daughter.

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Michael Apted

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Jedediah Tucker Ward
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Maggie Ward
Colin Friels ... Michael Grazier
Joanna Merlin ... Estelle Ward
Laurence Fishburne ... Nick Holbrook (as Larry Fishburne)
Donald Moffat ... Quinn
Jan Rubes ... Pavel
Matt Clark ... Judge Symes
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Dr. Getchell
Jonathan Silverman ... Brian
Joan McMurtrey ... Ann
Anne Ramsay ... Deborah (as Anne Elizabeth Ramsay)
David Byron David Byron ... Carl
Tim Hopper ... Howie
Robert David Hall ... Steven Kellen
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Storyline

Jed Ward is an attorney who specializes in whistle blower, David vs. Goliath, type cases. He finds a client who is suing an auto company over a safety problem that has had a severe effect on his life after the accident. He must replace the current attorney and be ready for trial quickly, and then he finds that the defense attorney will be his estranged daughter. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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For the plaintiff...Jedediah Tucker Ward. For the defense...Margaret Eleanor Ward. Nothing Personal. It's just Father Vs. Daughter in the fight of their lives. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for uses of strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Személyes ügy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,207,923, 17 March 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,277,858

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,277,918
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Laurence Fishburne sports a beard throughout this picture. See more »

Goofs

After being deluged with former test engineer Pavel's lifetime work files while at the automaker, Jed Ward asks colleagues to find "Pavel, the bunny man," so they can speak with him. If they had not yet spoken with Pavel, Jed would not know to describe him as "the bunny man." See more »

Quotes

Jedediah Tucker Ward: I COULDN'T HOLD HIS FUCKING HAND, OKAY!
Maggie Ward: No, you didn't hold a hand! Not unless it was young, female, and attractive!
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Connections

Referenced in Oh, Woe Is Me (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Don't Know Me By Now
Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
Performed by Simply Red
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment/WEA Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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father and daughter, both attorneys, duke it out
27 September 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastroantonio are involved in a "Class Action" in this 1991 film that also stars Laurence Fishburne, Donald Moffatt, Joanna Merlin and Fred Thompson. Hackman and MEM, father and daughter, are both attorneys. "I raised you," Jed (Hackman) yells at Maggie (MEM) during one scene. "Mom raised me," she screams back. "You had a date." Maggie's resentment over her father's infidelity erupts after the death of her mother (Merlin) in a powerful scene. Although Maggie has tried to reconcile with him, she finds there is too much in the way. Maggie is in an ethical quandary when the law firm she works for wants to suppress evidence about an automobile manufacturer's malfeasance; complicating things is that her father heads the team the other side of the case.

This is a very good movie that emotionally rings true, thanks to a good script and fine performances by Hackman and Mary Elizabeth. I had the pleasure of working with Mary Elizabeth when she was a Broadway actress - a lovely woman with a great talent, shown here to excellent advantage. Grieving for her mother and unable to accept her father's love, she is blindsided by her boyfriend/boss' ethics violation and has nowhere to turn. The viewer can really feel her pain. Hackman is wonderful as a shark attorney who loved his wife deeply but made some unfortunate choices and alienated his only child. He finds himself now vulnerable and confused; Hackman expresses these emotions beautifully. There is able support from the top-notch cast.

Compelling and at times powerful.


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