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When Justice Fails (1999)

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A detective (Jeff Fahey) investigating the murders of two sex offenders gets involved with a beautiful district attorney (Marlee Matlin) who becomes a main suspect.


Allan A. Goldstein


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Fahey ... Tom Chaney
Carl Marotte ... Rod Lambeau
Marlee Matlin ... Katy Wesson
Charles Edwin Powell ... Josh (as Charles Powell)
Sean Milliken Sean Milliken ... Kolb
Chuck Shamata ... Captain Tanner
Jack Langedijk Jack Langedijk ... Dave Dahlgren D.A.
Alan Fawcett Alan Fawcett ... Martin Singer (as Allan Fawcett)
Sabrina Boudot Sabrina Boudot ... Arlene Semler
Paulina Abarca-Cantin Paulina Abarca-Cantin ... Dr. Janice Blakin (as Paulina Abarca)
Monique Mercure ... Pauline Wesson
Babs Gadbois Babs Gadbois ... Dr. Harriet Oster
Victoria Barkoff Victoria Barkoff ... Gomez - Lab Tech
Catherine Colvey ... Clauson
Arthur Holden Arthur Holden ... Coroner's Man


A detective (Jeff Fahey) investigating the murders of two sex offenders gets involved with a beautiful district attorney (Marlee Matlin) who becomes a main suspect.

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Some words are never spoken. Some murders never solved.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


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Canada | USA



Release Date:

1 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assassinato em Manhattan See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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References Basic Instinct (1992) See more »

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When Writing Fails
19 January 2004 | by txplumwineSee all my reviews

I'm not sure that anyone could be charitable enough to say that this is a great movie. The writing is fairly trite, and any high-schooler with a C average could see the "twists" coming a mile away. But to fault Marlee Matlin for it (and I do realize that was done some time ago), and in such insulting terms? Unnecessary.

First, character actors do important work, so attempting to slander one by using the term is pointless. A low number of leading roles does not necessarily indicate a lack of success. Also, categorizing her as an amateur? An Academy Award for her first movie role ever (in 1986), then a number of years in standout *character* roles to a great deal of critical acclaim (ever heard of The West Wing?) - that certainly doesn't add up to a rookie career.

What was most insulting, though, was the "what a surprise" comment. Why focus on an actor's disability just because you don't care for them? Admittedly, Marlee Matlin would be unable to play a character without a disability - there's no way to hide deafness, or an inability to speak without a deaf "accent." But she is eloquent, expressive, and impossible to ignore in most any part. Uninformed, prejudiced comments can't take that away from her.

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