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Restraining Order (1999)

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Robert Woodfield is a criminal defense attorney, and he has defended a lot of criminals, many of whom are guilty, but has maintained that everyone deserves a competent defense, which he ... See full summary »

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Lee H. Katzin

Writer:

John Jarrell
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Cast

Credited cast:
Eric Roberts ... Robert Woodfield
Hannes Jaenicke ... Martin Ritter
Tatjana Patitz ... Leight Woodfield
Dean Stockwell ... Charlie Mason
Franc Luz ... Craig Dixon
Rif Hutton ... Sidney Evans
Natalija Nogulich ... Judge Hargreaves
Jim Antonio ... Attorney Dalton (as James Antonio)
Kevin Dobson ... Police Captain
Kenn Michael ... Eddie Rush (as Kenny Blank)
Sondra Spriggs Sondra Spriggs ... Sheri Evans (as Sondra Spriggs Williamson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bauer Michael Bauer ... Desk Cop
Howard Beckler Howard Beckler ... Judge Fernwick
Maurice Benard ... Sicko
Sandra Berns Francis Sandra Berns Francis ... Secretary
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Storyline

Robert Woodfield is a criminal defense attorney, and he has defended a lot of criminals, many of whom are guilty, but has maintained that everyone deserves a competent defense, which he provides whether they are guilty or not. Currently he is defending Martin Ritter, a killer, whom he gets off. Later he has dinner with a friend, and his friend tells him that he needs to talk to him about something important. He is about to leave when some masked men go to his friend and kill him, when one of the men takes off his mask; it's Martin Ritter. Now being his lawyer, Robert can't say anything about what he saw. But that doesn't stop him from investigating what his dead friend was so worried about. It seems that he has stumbled onto something big, and instead of killing him they frame his wife for murder to get him to back off. But he doesn't and both his wife and him are now in danger. And still has no idea what's going on. Will he find out before they get to him? Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Betrayed by the system he was sworn to defend

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Action | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1999 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Extreme Duress See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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I had to register in IMDb to let you know how bad this is!
29 July 2001 | by jrs789See all my reviews

I have used IMDb countless times to query information on movies, stars and reviews. I have never commented on a movie before. I decided to register on IMDb and comment on this movie because I believe it is the worst movie I have ever seen!

The plot is very poor as is the acting - in all roles! Mr Roberts seems obsessed with getting his shoulder length hair looking 'just right', rather than lending his poor character any semblance of reality.

The beautiful actress that plays Eric's wife (Tatjana) would be better off concentrating on her supermodel career and giving acting a miss if this is the best she can do.

Dean Stockwell's portrayal of the arch villain is comical and better suited to a comedy movie.

The guy that plays the investigative journalist is another unbelievably hollow role - he looks like he would be better off selling newspapers than writing them!

Even editing errors jump out all over this movie, and you don't need to pause and rewind it to find them - they are that obvious (bodies moving from shot to shot and they're supposed to be dead or at least unconscious!)

This movie is almost worth renting for the laughs, only it is supposed to be a drama.

I can't work out whether this movie has been made as some kind of tax dodge and is meant to return a commercial loss, because I have never seen anything quite so bad.

Do yourself a favour and give it a wide berth on the video store shelf.

I gave it 1 out of 10 (and that was only because IMDb doesn't permit a score of '0' which would be more appropriate!).


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