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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jedediah Tucker Ward
... Maggie Ward
... Michael Grazier
... Estelle Ward
... Nick Holbrook (as Larry Fishburne)
... Quinn
... Pavel
... Judge Symes
... Dr. Getchell
... Brian
... Ann
... Deborah (as Anne Elizabeth Ramsay)
David Byron ... Carl
... Howie
... 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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A father and a daughter, divided by a case, endangered by the truth. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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

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15 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Személyes ügy  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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The movie's screenplay was in development for around five years and went through a reported twenty-five drafts of the script. See more »

Goofs

There is a scene between Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in the kitchen, and she says to Gene, "I forget......How many tablespoons are in a teaspoon?" She should have said, "How many teaspoons are in a tablespoon." See more »

Quotes

Jedediah Tucker Ward: If your mother could hear you now.
Maggie Ward: Well she can't, can she? She finally got out of here and wherever she is, she's gotta be much happier than she was with you.
Maggie Ward: [Jedediah attempts to hit Maggie, shocking her] Finally, words fail the great Jedediah Tucker Ward.
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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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Class Action in A Class By Itself ****
1 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrontonio provide a perfect chemistry as a father and daughter, both of whom being attorneys in this excellent 1991 film.

The plot is twofold. Not only are the two on opposite sides of a case involving a faulty automobile but they must cope with the death of the mother, a lovely lady who chose to remain with a wandering Hackman.

Hackman argues the case for the defense. It is horrifying that a cover-up existed because it would be cheaper to deal with the lawsuits than to make the necessary improvements.

A very engrossing film dealing with the human spirit, ethics and indifference. Highly recommended.


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