Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1996. Columbia Pictures Corporation. Screenplay by Ted Tally, based on the novel by George Dawes Green. Cinematography by Jamie Anderson. Produced by Rob Cowan, Irwin Winkler. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Jan Roelfs. Costume Design by Colleen Atwood. Film Editing by Robert M. Reitano.
Demi Moore did a double-header turkey show when she followed her box-office failure in Striptease with this lame drama that steals the entire plot from Trial By Jury, which wasn’t much better anyway. Moore plays a regular everyday hardworking mom who is selected for jury duty at the murder trial of a notorious mobster. Before she knows it, one of the defendant’s goons (Alec Baldwin) is threatening to kill her son if she doesn’t push her fellow jury members towards a Not Guilty vote. Somehow this complicated trap works itself out in an ancient temple in Mexico (huh?) The disappointment here is that while Moore’s forte was never comedy and therefore no one was surprised that her Striptease performance was undercooked, she usually does extremely well in dramas, so one is quite surprised to find that her work here is so uneven. Baldwin is deliciously menacing, and Anne Heche has a memorable little role as one of Moore’s close friends.