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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The meaning and relevance of the movie's "Class Action" title is that it is a legal term that relates to the film's storyline. The Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School define a class action as "...a procedural device that permits one or more plaintiffs to file and prosecute a lawsuit on behalf of a larger group, or "class". Put simply, the device allows courts to manage lawsuits that would otherwise be unmanageable if each class member (individuals who have suffered the same wrong at the hands of the defendant) were required to be joined in the lawsuit as a named plaintiff". 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 Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Home Going
Written by Reverend Cleopheus Robinson
Performed by Emmit Powell & The Gospel Elites (as Emmit Powell Gospel Elites)
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Solid Film!!
19 May 2008 | by AbeStreetSee all my reviews

Sometimes I'm left with the impression that viewers think all films should be award winning material, as though the goal and worth of a film can be judged by the amount of award nominations it generates and brings home. I disagree, a good film should entertain, and that is what this film does very well. Nice on location sets give the film an authentic and attractive feel. The acting is top notch. The two main overlapping stories, the father & daughter relationship and the legal battle, tie in very nicely. This is a solid film that draws the viewer in and keeps his/her attention until final scene. There are many ways to waste two hours, this film is not one of them.


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