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What Rats Won't Do (1998)

Soon to be married lawyer Kate Beckenham has landed the case of a lifetime. Her courtroom opponent turns out to be the charming Jack Sullivan, who has never lost a single case.

Director:

Alastair Reid

Writers:

Steve Coombes (screenplay), Dave Robinson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Frain ... Jack
Natascha McElhone ... Kate
Amy Phillips ... Ellen
Valentine Pelka ... Graham
Samantha Bond ... Jane
Freddie Jones ... Judge Foster
Chris Jury ... Defendant
Peter Capaldi ... Tony
W. Stephen Gilbert W. Stephen Gilbert ... Foster's Clerk
Harry Enfield ... Verger
Paul Rider Paul Rider ... Kate's Clerk
Philip Jackson ... Jack's Dad
Georgie Glen ... Woman with Dog
Parker Posey ... Mirella
Charles Dance ... Gerald
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Storyline

In London, the lawyer Kate Beckenham is near to her wedding day with her fiancé Graham, when she is invited to defend a heritage case against the brilliant lawyer Jack Sullivan, who has never lost a case in court. The twenty-one years old American Mirella Burton is disputing fifteen millions of pounds and some properties against Gerald Burton Jr., the inherited son of her deceased husband. During the trial, the romantic Kate falls in love for Jack, and sees the case in another perspective. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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lawyer | love | trial | law | widow | See All (8) »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anwältinnen küßt man nicht See more »

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Production Co:

Working Title Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color
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James Frain (Jack) & Natascha McElhone (Kate) also worked together in episode 3.12, Californication: Mia Culpa (2009), of Californication (2007) as Paul Rider & Karen respectively. See more »

Quotes

Justice Tomlin: Members of the Jury, the case you're about to hear may shock and disturb you. And, of course, sexual intercourse with beasts of burden is, thank goodness, relatively uncommon in this day and age.
[the clerk whispers something to him]
Justice Tomlin: Please forgive me, that is my case in Wales next week. Happily, our case today is altogether more civilised.
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Can't Take My Eyes of You
Written by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe
Performed by Sacha Distel
Courtesy of Prosadis
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typical english humour-a polished and well turned out comedy romance
9 August 1999 | by jaak-2See all my reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed this breath of fresh air, after watching a stack of Hollywood-type stuff. Marvellous character parts played by well known British actors. The story line was strong and funny. Pity the leading man wasn't more of a hunk - but still you can't have everything and it did make him more believable in the part. Charles Dance was an absolute hoot. I think he must like playing these parts - did anyone see him in 'Space Truckers'? - an equally entertaining part... I thought that the Court Room scenes were really well done-good old fashioned stuff and entertaining - isn't that what it's all about?


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