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Legalese (1998)

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When a sexy actress is charged with murder, a charming celebrity lawyer uses trickery to defend her against the press as well as the prosecution.

Director:

Glenn Jordan

Writer:

Billy Ray
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Norman Keane
Gina Gershon ... Angela Beale
Mary-Louise Parker ... Rica Martin
Edward Kerr ... Roy Guyton
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Roy's Father
Kathleen Turner ... Brenda Whitlass
Scott Michael Campbell ... Randy Mucklan
Keene Curtis ... Judge Handley
Matthew Glave ... Kurt Lee
Hy Anzell ... Mr. Blum
Tyrees Allen ... Rod Brooks
Randall Arney Randall Arney ... Dean Davis
Darcy Belsher Darcy Belsher ... Reggie
Brent Briscoe ... Cashen Depps
Frank Buckley Frank Buckley ... KCAL Channel 9 Reporter
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Storyline

An actress (Gina Gershon) accused of the murder of her brother-in-law with whom she may have been having an affair is defended by a young, naive attorney (Edward Kerr) whose strings are being pulled by a slick celebrity lawyer (James Garner). Kathleen Turner also appears as the tv tabloid "Scandal Central" talk show host who exposes the legal sham and the actress' pretense. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Turner Network Television

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A jog vadorzói See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

New Line Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

The pro-gun group's spokesman praises the "4th Amendment" as protecting Beale's right to own a gun. The right to keep and bear arms is protected by the 2nd Amendment (the 4th amendment provides protection against unreasonable searches). See more »

Quotes

Roy Guyton: I had a very smart professor back at State. He did a whole lecture once on the dangers of relationships in the workplace.
Rica Martin: What do you think I'm proposing here, picnic baskets in a meadow? I'm talking about you and me bent over the Xerox machine when no one's looking.
Roy Guyton: Oh. He didn't cover that.
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Well done; maintains interest from start to finish.
5 October 1998 | by 8-FootSee all my reviews

Better than most of the latter-day Rockford Files, James Garner, as a famous attorney, shares the good work and screen time with other cast members in this story of a high-profile murder defense. From the outset, something smells fishy. Numerous twists and neat touches maintain interest from start to finish and make this an enjoyable, not-too-serious story. As other team attornies, Mary-Louise Parker and Edward Kerr (the real central figure) provide the intertwined (in more ways than one) secondary romantic thread. Gina Gershon is the glamorous accused model, while Kathleen Turner plays an aggressive TV reporter with her own tabloid show, "Scandals Unlimited." See if you can identify Brian Doyle Murray in several brief scenes.

In sum, worth another viewing.


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