When the courts fail to keep behind bars the man who raped and murdered her daughter, a woman seeks her own form of justice.

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Erika Holzer (novel), Amanda Silver (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Field ... Karen McCann
Ed Harris ... Mack McCann
Olivia Burnette ... Julie McCann
Alexandra Kyle ... Megan McCann
Kiefer Sutherland ... Robert Doob
Joe Mantegna ... Detective Sergeant Denillo
Beverly D'Angelo ... Dolly Green
Darrell Larson ... Peter Green
Charlayne Woodard ... Angel Kosinsky
Philip Baker Hall ... Sidney Hughes
Keith David ... Martin
Wanda Acuna ... Redheaded Woman
Geoffrey Rivas ... Redheaded's Husband
Armin Shimerman ... Judge Younger
Natalija Nogulich ... Susan Juke (as Natalia Nogulich)
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Storyline

Karen McCann's eldest daughter is raped and murdered whilst on the phone with her. When the case against Robert Doob, the perpetrator, is dismissed because of a technicality, she starts following him and sees how he checks out his next victim, a woman he delivers groceries to. She tells the police, but is only warned she must stop following Doob. When she tries to warn the woman, she is shooed out of the house. Doob, having found out that Karen is following him, threatens to do something to her youngest daughter. She then seeks help from a group of vigilantes connected to a support group, in order to shoot Doob. However, a friend from the support group turns out to be an FBI agent investigating the very vigilante activity Karen is involved in and warns her that she will go to jail for the rest of her life unless it is self-defense. In the meantime, tension grows between Karen and her husband Mack, because he finds out she has secretly been taking self-defense classes and has been ... Written by gerd86

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Taglines:

What do you do when justice fails? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and disturbing violence which includes rape | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Final suspense-thriller genre movie directed by director John Schlesinger who was known for helming a number of suspenser films throughout his career such as Pacific Heights (1990), The Believers (1987), Marathon Man (1976), The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), and The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1997). See more »

Goofs

In the other rape scene in the film, the Spanish woman is being assaulted on the table. When Kiefer Sutherland flips her over and she is facing down, the camera breaks to a different point of view and in the mirror reflection, she is clearly on her back again, legs kicking in the air. Then with another cutback she prone, face down on the table. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant DeNello: Poor man's truth serum: caffeine and sugar.
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Connections

Referenced in Enough (2002) See more »

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Brandy
By Sol Kaplan
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Gripping
2 February 2004 | by bctxcollSee all my reviews

This movie was very gripping. Karen McCann's (Sally Field) daughter gets brutally murdered, and the legal system is helpless on putting the murderer away. Karen decides to take the law into her own hands to avenge her daughter's killer, and her husband is trying to stop her. Overall if you want to know the ending you will have to watch the movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish | Korean

Release Date:

12 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eye for an Eye See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,968,044, 14 January 1996

Gross USA:

$26,877,589

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,877,589
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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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