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A Matter of Justice (1993)

True story about the mother of a murder victim seeking to bring her son's widow to justice and gain custody of her granddaughter.

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Michael Switzer

Writer:

Dennis Turner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patty Duke ... Mary Brown
Martin Sheen ... Jack Brown
Alexandra Powers ... Dusty
Jason London ... Chris
Jeff Kober ... Talbot
Cole Hauser ... Rocky Jackson
Danny Nucci ... Vince Grella
T. Max Graham T. Max Graham ... Harry Amblin
Charles S. Dutton ... (as Charles Dutton)
Lynette Walden ... Patty
Robin Burrows Robin Burrows ... Diane
Jodie Markell ... Sandra
Larry Greer Larry Greer ... Lt. Alexander
Roger Nolan Roger Nolan ... Captain Lorenz
Kyla Pratt Kyla Pratt ... Christine
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Storyline

A naive young soldier shocks his family when he returns home on leave accompanied by a worldly older woman whom he introduces as his wife. The young man's mother strongly disapproves of the relationship, and urges him to seek a divorce, but he is blinded by love. The marriage fails, but the young man is brutally murdered before the divorce is final. Convinced of his wife's guilt, his mother embarks on a one-woman crusade to bring her to justice. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Matter of Justice See more »

Filming Locations:

Alma, Kansas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts) | (2 parts) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Terrah Christine Brown, born November 6, 1980 in Hawaii, has spend much of her life in the criminal justice system. See more »

Quotes

Dusty: So, are you satisfied, Mother Brown?
Mary Brown: Not yet!
Dusty: Why not? You've already destroyed my life taking my daughter away and turning all of my friends against me. You've done everything you can to punish me for something I didn't even do. What more could you possibly want?
Mary Brown: You took my son's future. I want yours. If I can't have your life, I can take away your freedom to live it.
Dusty: Innocent until proven guilty and you're a long way from proving me guilty. I am gonna walk out of here and I am gonna wave ...
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Patty Duke and Martin Sheen...
4 September 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

shine in this film, which is a disturbing account of a young serviceman, murdered for profit. His young wife ("Dusty"), well-portrayed by Alexandra Powers, may have been the culprit. She has a baby too young (Duke's grandchild) and decides that she is tired of being an army wife, and becomes a prostitute in Honolulu.

When Duke's son is murdered, she suspects the worst. After protracted legal problems, Duke eventually wins a minor victory, seeking justice for her son's murder. Apparently as a resident of Alabama, she only has influence due to the fact that she is in a small town, and must hound and harass the district attorney. Charles Dutton, Jr. is also very good as the detective who tracks Dusty and the grandchild, discovering they are living in squalor in Oklahoma, collecting money from the murdered husband's army pension.

Patty Duke is amazing, because she always transcends material, engaging the audience. While this film was based on a true story, a few liberties were taken, but you will still be interested in the outcome. 8/10.


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