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What Rats Won't Do (1998)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 1 July 1998 (USA)
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 | cfnm | See All (12) »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Parker Posey would also play one of the clients in Laws of Attraction (2004), which has the a similar plot, where two opposing counsels in a high profile case fall in love. 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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Crazy
Written by Willie Nelson
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
By arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets/Universal Music (UK) Ltd
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Very British Romantic-Comedy
30 July 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In London, the lawyer Kate Beckenham (Natascha McElhone) is near to her wedding day with her fiancé Graham (Valentine Pelka), when she is invited to defend a heritage case against the brilliant lawyer Jack Sullivan (James Frain), who has never lost a case in court. The twenty-one years old American Mirella Burton (Parker Posey) is disputing fifteen millions of pounds and some properties against Gerald Burton Jr (Charles Dance), 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.

"What Rats Won't Do" is a very British romantic-comedy, but also very pleasant. In spite of having many jokes with the British peculiarities and behavior, the enjoyable story is very supported by the nice cast and the good chemistry between the gorgeous Natascha McElhone and James Frain. In the end, love wins and this movie entertains, without being special. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Um Caso de Amor" ("A Love Affair")


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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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Working Title Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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