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Last Dance (1996)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 3 May 1996 (USA)
A lawyer assigned to the clemency case of a woman on death row finds himself forming a deep friendship with her while he tries to prevent her impending execution.

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writers:

Steven Haft (story), Ron Koslow (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Stone ... Cindy Liggett
Rob Morrow ... Rick Hayes
Randy Quaid ... Sam Burns
Peter Gallagher ... John Hayes
Jack Thompson ... The Governor
Jayne Brook ... Jill
Pamala Tyson Pamala Tyson ... Linda, Legal Aid Attorney
Skeet Ulrich ... Billy, Cindy's Brother
Don Harvey ... Doug
Diane Sellers ... Inmate Reggie
Patricia French ... Guard Frances
Jeffrey Buckner Ford Jeffrey Buckner Ford ... D.A. Rusk (as Jeffrey Ford)
Dave Hager ... Detective Vollo
Christine Cattell ... Louise
Peg Allen Peg Allen ... Helen
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Storyline

Upon taking a new job, young lawyer Rick Hayes is assigned to the clemency case of Cindy Liggett, a woman convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. As Hayes investigates the background for her case, the two begin to form a deep friendship, while all the while the date for her execution draws nearer. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Sometimes justice is a crime

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Último recurso See more »

Filming Locations:

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India See more »

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Gross USA:

$5,858,000
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Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of a number of Hollywood movies set in the American South directed by Australian director Bruce Beresford. The films include Last Dance (1996), Rich in Love (1992), Tender Mercies (1983) Crimes of the Heart (1986) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989). See more »

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Referenced in The Prisoners Dilemma (2012) See more »

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Throwin' Good Love After Bad
Written by Steve Diamond
Performed by Jennifer Brown
Courtesy of BMG Ariola AB
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Female version of Dead Man Walking.
14 May 2002 | by nmp381See all my reviews

I have yet to see DMW- starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon, but given it was such a popular movie, it was difficult for this one to step out of its shadow. It is about a woman up against death row. An attorney steps in and tries to save her life by proving her innocence in a murder trial. I have always been intrigued with prison movies for their grittiness, and drama, and Last Dance has some real moments of tension. However the grittiness is somewhat lacking, until the end (and even there its not as strong). What saves the movie is strong acting, specifically from Stone (who is somewhat Hollywood's female version of Sean Penn in that they exceed in the lowlife "bad guy" roles like no other). 7/10.


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