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The Defenders: Choice of Evils (1998)

Series of new films on Showtime based on the old television series finds the lawyers having to defend a journalist charged in a wrongful death. However, because of a bureaucratic screw-up, ... See full summary »

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Andy Wolk

Writers:

Larry Cohen (story), Larry Cohen (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... Don Preston
E.G. Marshall ... Lawrence Preston
Martha Plimpton ... Mary Jane Preston
Jon Polito ... D.A. Al Orsini
LisaGay Hamilton ... Jeanne Baptiste
David Hemblen
Melanie Nicholls-King ... Sarah Casey
James McDaniel ... Jack Casey
Mimi Kuzyk ... Camille Preston
Christopher Redman ... Steven Preston (as Christopher Redmond)
Chloe Brown Chloe Brown ... Kelly Preston
Oliver Becker ... Brian Clarke
Robert Thomas Robert Thomas ... William McAstin
Marium Carvell ... Sally McAstin
Nicholas Pasco Nicholas Pasco ... Frank Rollins
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Storyline

Series of new films on Showtime based on the old television series finds the lawyers having to defend a journalist charged in a wrongful death. However, because of a bureaucratic screw-up, he is accidentally freed from prison which sets him on the run and into an incident in which a policeman is killed during an attempt to re-capture him. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Defenders See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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E.G. Marshall's final filmed acting project. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Defenders: Taking the First (1998) See more »

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Wonderful possibilities, strong cast, disappointing failure.
1 May 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

Great cast, including E.G. Marshall in a reprise of his role in the 60's TV series, John Laroquette, Beau Bridges, Mark Blum, good premise, familiar territory--more than enough for a good-ole courtroom whodunit.

But this presentation begins to unnerve almost immediately. Martha Plimpton's upstart young attorney is so annoying, it throws the whole meter of the drama off the rails, time after time.

Her dialogue is so trite, so predictable, that it gives the viewer absolutely no room to let her character provide the conflict that's necessary to give the story some depth. Her delivery is so harsh you almost reach for the volume-down button every time she speaks.

Lack of subtlety, in the story, and the dialogue are really the major culprits, Even the scenes without Plimpton are cliché, and heavy-handed. Plimpton's performance is merely the cherry on top.

It's a real shame.


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