Defenseless (1991)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1991.  Carolco Pictures, New Visions Pictures.  Story by , , Screenplay by James Hicks.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

After a seemingly respectable businessman (J.T. Walsh) is accused of being involved in making porn movies featuring underage girls, he asks his lover and lawyer (Barbara Hershey) to defend him in court. When Hershey finds out that he is married and to an old school friend of hers (), she reacts with a fight that leaves him injured but alive. When he turns up dead the same day of her violent visit, suspicion immediately turns on her. Director Martin Campbell has a good time tightening the screws for this enjoyable thriller, and although it doesn’t turn out as well as it should (feeling more like a television film by its third act), it’s still worth a go for anyone who loves a good mystery. Hershey is especially watchable, a terrific actress in a strong leading role worthy of her.

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