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The Trial (2010)

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After the horrific death of his wife and two sons, suicide seems to be the only escape for small-town attorney Kent "Mac" McClain... until he's assigned a capital punishment case that ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Robert Forster ... Ray
Matthew Modine ... Mac
Larry Bagby ... Spencer Hightower
Nikki Deloach ... Mindy
Bob Gunton ... Joe Whetstone
Rance Howard ... Judge Danielson
Clare Carey ... Dr. Anna Wilkes
Randy Wayne ... Pete Thomason
Burgess Jenkins ... Harry O'ryan
Jason Burkey ... Prisoner
Brett Rice ... Dr. Newbern
R. Keith Harris ... Lt. Monroe
Danny Vinson ... Rodney MacFarland
David Dwyer David Dwyer ... Alex Hightower
Darren W. Conrad ... Juror
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After the horrific death of his wife and two sons, suicide seems to be the only escape for small-town attorney Kent "Mac" McClain... until he's assigned a capital punishment case that begins to transform his life and those around him forever. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic material and a disturbing image | See all certifications »

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10 September 2010 (USA) See more »

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Robert Whitlow's The Trial See more »

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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,957, 12 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,246, 26 September 2010
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Matthew Modine defends a man accused of murder
18 December 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Slow and not particularly well acted, "The Trial" stars Matthew Modine in what was possibly a TV pilot.

Modine, one of the producers of this drama, plays Mac, an attorney who has been unable to cope with the horrible deaths of his wife and sons in a car accident. He has not been practicing law and in fact, is about to blow his brains out when a call comes in from a judge (Rance Howard) who wants him to take a case. A young man has been accused of giving a woman drugs and then killing her.

Mac reluctantly takes this on, coming up against a prosecutor (Bob Gunton) who asks for the death penalty. Mac hires an investigator (Robert Forster) and a psychiatrist (Clare Carey) to see what they can find out about what happened and about the psychological makeup of the man himself.

Nothing original about this film or the story. Modine gives a nice performance, as does Forster, one of my favorite actors. The rest of the acting was not impressive, nor was the direction. It possibly had the makings of a TV series, though, with some better pacing and scripts.


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