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While Justice Sleeps (1994)

Jodie and Winn are best friends, but when Winn is suspected of abusing Jodie's young daughter, an all-out war in court begins that leaves Jodie fighting for justice.

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Ivan Passer (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cybill Shepherd ... Jody Stokes
Tim Matheson ... Winfield 'Win' Cooke
Karis Paige Bryant Karis Paige Bryant ... Samantha 'Sam' Stokes
Dion Anderson ... Spencer 'Spence' Cunningham
Henry Beckman ... Ned Stokes
Anna Ferguson ... Molly Jo Cooke
Kurtwood Smith ... Leonard Rosenglass
Robyn Stevan Robyn Stevan ... Marlene Perkins
Elan Ross Gibson Elan Ross Gibson ... Dr. Ernestine 'Doc' Cunningham
Crystal Verge ... Portia Culpepper
Chelsey G. Marshall Chelsey G. Marshall ... Louise Culpepper
Gabrielle Rose ... Sarah Berger
Paul Coeur Paul Coeur ... Judge Miles
Valerie Pearson Valerie Pearson ... Alma Munoz
Alf Humphreys ... Sheriff Staghorn
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Storyline

After the death of her husband, Jody and her daughter Samantha return to her home town. Sometimes she leaves Samantha with her old friend Winn. Only after an accident a doctor discovers that she has been abused - apparently by Winn! Jody reports immediately to the police and tries everything to avoid complications. But when it turns out that Winn still might win the case by some procedural tricks, she commits an act of desperation. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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child abuse | courtroom | See All (2) »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au-dessus de tout suopçon See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This is the true events surrounding the case in 1988 when Ellie Nelser took the law in her own hands and shot to death the Camp counselor who molested her son. She was acquitted of all charges. See more »

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not bad a t all...
7 May 2006 | by ritaskeeter-1See all my reviews

Although the acting is good (especially from the little girl at the centre of the story) it also leaves a little bit to be desired.

It's one of those films where you're shown the ending right at the beginning, and then it goes back to the beginning to tell the story.

That sort of thing works sometimes but I think I would have liked to have been surprised instead of knowing what was coming.

That said it was very watchable and I did enjoy most of it...only other thing I wasn't too happy about was Cybil Shepherd. She was great in Moonlighting but in this movie she didn't really bring anything to the table. However, give it a go and see what you think. Maybe it's just me....


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