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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 »

Director:

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 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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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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Stereo

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Color
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Rockabilly Rocket
Written and Performed by David Wurst
Courtesy of CSS Music
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Lame - Not even worth renting
26 July 2000 | by Ken-208See all my reviews

Stiff acting and sappy acting. Slow story...action too canned. Really weak premise. Almost insults your intelligence. Right at the beginning the killer exposes himself so the lawyer can identify him and then the rest of the movie the killer spends trying to frame people, and force the attorney not to be a witness...really stupid.

The frame up seems far fetched and it would seem to be too unbelievable in real life that anyone would believe it. The mob must have had the whole town on the payroll. There'd be no reason for any of the movie if the whole premise wasn't so stupid. Boring...waste of time. Don't even bother to rent this yawner. However, if you waste your time on this...watch the facial expressions of the extras and minor characters when they are breifly shown...strange eye movements, wierd stiff facial expressions. It's almost as though they look bored, out of place, or like they are lifeless and trying to stay awake.


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