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Original Intent (1992)

PG | | Drama | Video 13 May 1992
A lawyer accepts to defend a homeless shelter from a forced eviction by a corporation. His hard work starts taking a serious toll on his family.

Director:

Robert Marcarelli

Writers:

Joyce Marcarelli (screenplay), Robert Marcarelli (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Candy Clark ... Jessica Cameron
John Henry Richardson ... Matthew Cameron (as Jay Richardson)
Cameron Marcarelli Cameron Marcarelli ... Stephen Cameron
Amber Marcarelli Amber Marcarelli ... Amy Cameron
Caroline Jones Caroline Jones ... Sally Lewis
Kurt Fuller ... Alex Grabowsky
Ash Adams ... Brett Levin (as Jason Adams)
Caitlyn Jenner ... Dan Logan (as Bruce Jenner)
Linda Thompson Linda Thompson ... Kathy Logan
Lee Menning Lee Menning ... Girl at Party
Monika Ramirez Monika Ramirez ... Amelia Sanchez
Joseph Campanella ... Judge May (as Joe Campanella)
Robert DoQui ... Ben Reid
Patrick Malone ... Bobby
Jerry Boyd ... Reggie
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A lawyer accepts to defend a homeless shelter from a forced eviction by a corporation. His hard work starts taking a serious toll on his family.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Intencje See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mission of Hope See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shot in 1989, not released until 1992. See more »

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It might be a Christian propaganda film, but it's not all bad
4 July 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

ORIGINAL INTENT, a straight-to-video drama from 1992, might be a Christian propaganda film but it's not all bad. The story is straightforward enough, as a crusading lawyer joins forces with the owners of a homeless shelter who are currently battling the legal demands of a developer intent on razing the place to the ground and building expensive apartments in its stead.

Where this film shines is in the moral dilemmas it sets out to the characters. It turns out that the protagonist's wife actually works for the guy who's planning to build the redevelopment, so there's a conflict of interests between the two and one which quickly bubbles over into their marriage. Meanwhile, other characters get bogged down in the legalities of it all, and there are cheesy songs on the soundtrack and an expectedly heartwarming ending.

The cast boast performances from a typically gruff Kris Kristofferson, a cameo from Martin Sheen, and a nice role for Robert DoQui, a favourite of mine for his performance as the tough chief of police in ROBOCOP. Everything plays out here exactly as you'd expect, but ORIGINAL INTENT is surprisingly well made and engaging for what it is.


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