Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1991. Interscope Communications, Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Carolyn Shelby, Christopher Ames, Samantha Shad. Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall. Produced by Robert W. Cort, Ted Field, Scott Kroopf. Music by James Horner. Production Design by Todd Hallowell. Costume Design by Rita Ryack. Film Editing by Ian Crafford.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio disappoints her lawyer father (Gene Hackman) when she abandons the ground-level justice-fighting private practice that he has been doing for years and joins a big-shot firm full of moneygrubbing sharks. The opposition between these two is taken even further in this average drama when they end up on opposing sides of the courtroom, he fighting for a man injured as the result of a faulty automobile, and she defending the corporation responsible for manufacturing it. When it becomes possible that she is defending a guilty party, Mastrantonio is forced to choose between her career and her conscience. Excellent acting and some very tense situations make up for what generally feels like a television movie-of-the-week blown up on to the big screen. Mastrantonio is especially memorable.