Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1987. TriStar Pictures, ML Delphi Premier Productions. Screenplay by Eric Roth. Cinematography by Billy Williams. Produced by Daniel A. Sherkow. Music by Michael Kamen. Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel. Costume Design by Rita Ryack. Film Editing by Ray Lovejoy.
Cher is marvelous in this taut, entertaining thriller as a lawyer who is given the impossible assignment of defending a deaf-mute on trial for murdering a high-profile judge’s mistress after the judge committed suicide. She skirts danger when she starts accepting information from a well-informed juror (Dennis Quaid), risking a mistrial and her own status as a lawyer. How can she ignore his help, however, when the evidence starts pointing up much higher than even her line of the law? It’s not the most original courtroom thriller ever written, but it’s fresher than most and features terrific performances. Any doubts as to whether Cher could believably play a lawyer are pretty much erased within the first five seconds that she is on screen, and this along with her performances in Moonstruck and The Witches Of Eastwick make up her golden year of movie acting in 1987.