The Defenders: Payback (TV Movie 1997) Poster

(1997 TV Movie)

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E.G. Marshall returns as the head of the law firm that he portrayed in the 1961 television series. This time his partners are his son (Beau Bridges) and his granddaughter (Martha Plimpton). In this movie, a man (John Larroquette) murdered the man who assaulted and raped his young daughter years before, and was released from prison after serving just a few years. Tried for first degree murder, the team has to come up with a defense approaching his and his families' mental state. Specifically, his daughter had to be placed in a mental ward as the result of the attack after a series of attempted suicides, his older daughter had run away from home because she could not stand the depressing atmosphere, and he simply thought of nothing but the man's death.

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