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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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According to the Free Dictionary (Legal Dictionary) website, in relation to the legal history of class actions, "the class action suit began in the Equity courts of seventeenth-century England as a bill of peace. English courts would allow a bill of peace to be heard if the number of litigants was so large that joining their claims in a lawsuit was not possible or practical; the members of the group possessed a joint interest in the question to be adjudicated; and the parties named in the suit could adequately represent the interests of persons who were absent from the action but whose rights would be affected by the outcome. If a court allowed a bill of peace to proceed, the judgment that resulted would bind all members of the group". See more »

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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 »

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Jedediah Tucker Ward: By the way, you so much as look at my daughter, they won't be able to identify you with dental records.
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Referenced in Hélas pour moi (1993) See more »

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Home Going
Written by Reverend Cleopheus Robinson
Performed by Emmit Powell & The Gospel Elites (as Emmit Powell Gospel Elites)
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father and daughter, both attorneys, duke it out
27 September 2007 | by See 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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