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The Lesser Evil (1998)

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When four young boys decide to go over-board with dealing with two bullies, they believe they can get away with their crime. Years later, new evidence appears and the cops are back on the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colm Feore ... Derek Eastman
Tony Goldwyn ... Frank O'Brian
Arliss Howard ... Ivan Williams
David Paymer ... George
Steven Petrarca ... Young Frank
Jonathan Scarfe ... Young Derek
Adam Scott ... Young George
Marc Worden ... Young Ivan
Jack Kehler ... Detective Hardaway
Richard Riehle ... Detective Smitts
Mason Adams ... Derek's Father
Anne Haney ... Derek's Mother
Matt Bohling Matt Bohling ... Dying Man
Chris Blackwelder Chris Blackwelder ... Scully
Matthew Francis Matthew Francis ... Jock #2
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Storyline

When four young boys decide to go over-board with dealing with two bullies, they believe they can get away with their crime. Years later, new evidence appears and the cops are back on the trail to solve the murders. The four - now the owner of a failing lumber company (Colm Feore), a priest (Arliss Howard), a policeman (Tony Goldwyn), and a lawyer (David Paymer) - gather in a remote cabin to discuss what their future actions should be. Told in harrowing flashbacks and with obvious difference of current points-of-view, the men argue out their circumstances. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1998 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Deras livs misstag See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Moondog Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A clip from the film is featured in Party Down Season 2 Episode 5. See more »

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When the young George is surrounded by the bullies outside the liquor store and the other three kids walk up, the boom mic can be seen in the lower foreground for several seconds. See more »

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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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diamond in the rough
22 June 2001 | by ericmcdSee all my reviews

This is an excellent film, and was a very pleasant suprise, to say the least. I'm amazed, however, at the lack of online information for "The Lesser Evil". It's a shame it hasn't gotten much attention, because this is a very well done, totally gripping film, with a twist ending I never saw coming. If you like your movies suspenseful, thought-provoking, and unpredictable, check this one out...you won't be disappointed.


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