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In Her Defense (1999)

A lawyer has to defend his lover who's blamed for a murder he has commited himself...

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlee Matlin ... Jane Claire
Daniel Pilon ... Robert St. Laurent
Michael Dudikoff ... Andrew Garfield
Sophie Lorain ... Debra Turner
David Attis David Attis ... Jeffrey Fishman
Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan ... John Danforth
Robbie O'Neill Robbie O'Neill ... Frank Rutter
Doug Sutherland Doug Sutherland ... Noby Claire
John Ball John Ball ... Mark Mioka
Rob Pinnock Rob Pinnock ... Ernest Biles
Robert A. Doherty Robert A. Doherty ... Judge Eunico (as Robert Doherty)
Maurice Arsenault Maurice Arsenault ... Serge Richard
Jane Barry Jane Barry ... Judge Wallbridge (as Hon. Jane Barry)
Renée Cayes Renée Cayes ... Marcie Brand
Eric Thériault Eric Thériault ... Claude Martin
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Lawyer Andrew Garfield has a love affair with Jane, a deaf woman. A day when Jane's husband comes home early and catches them, Andrew shoots him. The police think Jane killed her husband and wants Andrew to defend her in court. Now he has to defend her, without drawing suspicion upon himself, and at the same time, this may be the big case he needs to improve his career. Written by Calle

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1999 (Spain) See more »

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Assassinato Perfeito See more »

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Pretty good, amazing ending
14 December 2004 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

In Saint John, New Brunswick, Andrew meets Jane in a museum in front of a painting she did. Jane is deaf, but Andrew speaks just enough sign language to get himself in trouble. Fortunately, Jane is understanding and charming. Andrew is at the museum with Debra; both are lawyers who were working on the same case earlier in the movie. Jane is there with her abusive but rich husband Noby, who sells half the concrete in Canada and also has a trucking business.

Jane asks Andrew to work on getting out of a prenuptial agreement so she can divorce Noby--she would get more if he died. Andrew and Jane get quite close.

When Noby is killed, Jane is a suspect, and she asks Andrew to be her lawyer. Debra ends up working on the prosecution side.

This was a pretty good murder mystery. Nothing special, and we know who did it, but the investigation is interesting, with plenty of plot twists, including some truly remarkable ones at the end. Hint: watch for the girl popping balloons. That means something big is about to happen that will change everything.

Daniel Pilon gave the outstanding performance as the lead prosecutor, occasionally appearing in scenes we later find out occur after the conclusion of the trial, talking about what it takes to commit the perfect murder. Marlee Matlin was also quite good as Jane. And Robbie O'Neill made investigator Frank quite a character.

It wasn't the best murder mystery ever, but I enjoyed it.


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