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Undue Influence (1996)

Lawyer Paul Madriani becomes embroiled in his most baffling case at a most difficult time. His wife Nikki has died of cancer, and he's caring for his daughter Sarah while negotiating a ... See full summary »

Director:

Bruce Pittman

Writers:

Steve Martini (novel), Philip Rosenberg (teleplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Brian Dennehy ... Paul Madriani
Patricia Richardson ... Laurel Vega
Jean Smart ... Dana Colby
Alan Rosenberg ... Harry Hines
Joe Grifasi ... Clem
Richard Masur ... Jack Vega
Eric Michael Cole ... Danny Vega
Allison Mackie ... Melanie Vega
Doren Fein Doren Fein ... Sarah Madriani
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Carla Morgan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Falconer Abraham Falconer Abraham ... Security Guard
Michael Anderson Jr. ... Funeral Priest
Yank Azman ... Jack's Lawyer
Brenda Bazinet ... Nicole Madriani
Zachary Bennett ... Teenage Gang Leader
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Storyline

Lawyer Paul Madriani becomes embroiled in his most baffling case at a most difficult time. His wife Nikki has died of cancer, and he's caring for his daughter Sarah while negotiating a custody settlement between his sister-in-law Laurel and her ex-husband, Senator Jack Vega, over 17-year-old Danny. When Vega's new wife Melanie is found murdered, suspicion points to Laurel who was filmed by a security camera arguing with her at her home just hours before the shooting. At the crime scene, Paul meets a long-time friend, U.S. Attorney Dana Colby, and grudge-bearing detective Lama, who claims an airtight case against Laurel. Paul tries unsuccessfully to arrange a plea bargain. Investigating, he finds the Vegas' neighbors, George and Kathy Merlow, have disappeared. His questioning of Kathy's postal co-worker is cut short by a package bomb meant for him. Before the blast that kills the co-worker and six patrons, but spares Paul, he learns the Merlows are hiding in Jamaica. A romance develops... Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Steve Martini's Undue Influence See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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If you are a Brian Dennehy fan -- watch this mystery
25 April 2009 | by lemoviecriticSee all my reviews

First off, I'm a huge fan of Brian Dennehy. Both ladies gave good performances as well as the supporting cast. And of course, Dennehy was a very interesting attorney. We are drawn into his personal life as a multi-faceted man. He is so adept at showing a honest range of emotions, personality, and character. This is a good twisty mystery. Yes, it is a longer film, but includes plenty of drama both in and our of the court room.

If you are viewing as a TV movie, I'd recommend recording if you have a recorder device to speed up your viewing pleasure (commercials). Interesting plot developments and some good ethical questions were presented. Even if you guess the guilty, you will enjoy this mystery.


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