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A Case for Murder (1993)

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Jack Hammett is an aggressive young defence attorney on the rise up the corporate ladder. In the courtroom he's known as the "Hail Mary Kid" for his ability to win the unwinnable cases. ... See full summary »

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Duncan Gibbins

Writers:

Pablo F. Fenjves (story), Pablo F. Fenjves (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Grey ... Kate Weldon
Peter Berg ... Jack Hemmet
Belinda Bauer ... Joanna Gains
Eugene Roche ... Alan Nugent
Samantha Eggar ... Ellen Denvers
Justine Shapiro Justine Shapiro ... Pattie Henderson (as Justine Arlin)
David Hayward ... Darren Gaines
Thomas Kopache ... Steve Dahlberg
Rosemary Forsyth ... Judge Helen McCoy
Lynne Marta ... Marti Stevens
Robert DoQui ... Detective Haas (as Robert Do Qui)
Bruce French ... Neville Gerson
Michael Ryan Way ... Henry Constantine
Dick Welsbacher ... Merv Stravinski
Nancy McLoughlin ... Sylvie
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Jack Hammett is an aggressive young defence attorney on the rise up the corporate ladder. In the courtroom he's known as the "Hail Mary Kid" for his ability to win the unwinnable cases. When one of the firm's lawyers, Darren Gaines, is murdered and Gaines' wife is charged, Hammett is assigned as her attorney. Hammett asks Kate Weldon, a recently hired lawyer, to assist him. Together they discover some inconsistencies in the case as well as a possible connection to the recent murder of a judge. Written by Brian D. Switzer <bswitzer@uoguelph.ca>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and for a scene of battering | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Fall für den Mörder See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Acting Made It
12 September 2013 | by dansviewSee all my reviews

The plot is not very intriguing. Another viewer mentioned The Firm. That plot was better. But the actors did a solid job. Peter Berg was very confident and Jennifer Grey was totally natural. I believed them.

I also liked the slow build toward a climax, with just the right amount of tension coupled with sympathy. But the conclusion was too obvious.

Nevertheless, I was never bored, and this was at least my second time viewing my VHS. I also liked the appearance of a large cell phone from 1992.

Berg has an "everyman" quality about him and usually plays that to the hilt. Even in a lawyer's suit, you hear that he comes from less than nothing and you bond with his underdog status.

Chicago looked good. The other actors seemed awkward. But they weren't given much to work with. The two leads fill the overwhelming majority of screen time.

I recommend it. Don't expect an epic. Just sit back and enjoy.


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