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The Trials of Cate McCall (2013)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 28 November 2013 (Hungary)
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In order to be reinstated to the bar and recover custody of her daughter, a hotshot lawyer, now in recovery and on probation, must take on the appeal of a woman wrongfully convicted of murder.


Karen Moncrieff


Karen Moncrieff





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Beckinsale ... Cate McCall
Nick Nolte ... Bridges
James Cromwell ... Justice Sumpter
Mark Pellegrino ... Detective Welch
Anna Schafer ... Lacey (as Anna Anissimova)
David Lyons ... Josh
Clancy Brown ... D.A. Brinkerhoff
Ava Kolker ... Augie
Johnny Sneed ... D.A. Barker
Jay Thomas ... Loncraine
Joseph Lyle Taylor ... Officer Duncan
Dale Dickey ... Mrs. Stubbs
Brendan Sexton III ... Rusty Burkhardt
Isaiah Washington ... Wilson George
Michael Hyatt ... Fern


In California, Cate McCall is an alcoholic lawyer who was on probation and rehab. She had an argument with a judge who made her take a breathalyzer test and put her on probation in a small office. Cate is also fighting to recover custody of her daughter who lives with her father, who is moving to Seattle. Cate is assigned to defend Lacey Stubbs, who has appealing against her wrongful conviction of murdering another woman on the basis of a since there was a trial error. Further, Lacey also tells that she was raped by a guard in the prison. Cate, who has never lost a case, investigates the case with her friend Bridges and they find evidence that might prove that Lacey is innocent and that her case had been fabricated. But is she really innocent? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Wonderful Kate. And a good cocktail of realism, life-drama and some court-movie mystery
4 October 2014 | by radursmSee all my reviews

This is going to be one of those unfairly underrated movies. It is not a block-buster, not a mystery-driven court-drama, but a movie about life. Kate Beckinsale is more than beautiful. Don't expect her as being the acrobatic vampire Selene, or Anna Valerious, as she is not fighting Transylvanian monsters either. Nor she is a classic beauty in Pearl Harbor, or the serendipity wonder in New York's Christmas. Here, she is a divorced mother, fighting to gain a new sense of professional/personal life. And she is convincing. And a good lawyer, having to make some (difficult) morals choices. And she is convincing (did I say that already?). The movie itself has value exactly on focusing on realistic dramas. It's not about thrilling suspense of some twisting court plot. It's not about a drama of divorced parents. It tells a story that might happen. On the other hand, Nick Nolte lost some of his aesthetics. He didn't act with passion. Sometimes I felt he was just reciting his script lines. As for the movie, I had only one problem. Somehow, it did not suit them (Beckinsale, Nolte, Pellegino) to have that over-dirty language. I'm no hypocrite, I don't blush for the sake of conservative purity, but here, the bad language was overused. My personal opinion is that cinematography should pass the Samuel L. Jackson's characters' language stage. A nice and long expected surprise! Chapeau!

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