Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1994. Morgan Creek Entertainment. Screenplay by Jordan Katz, Heywood Gould. Cinematography by Frederick Elmes. Produced by Mark Gordon, James G. Robinson. Music by Terence Blanchard. Production Design by David Chapman. Costume Design by Mary Malin. Film Editing by Joel Goodman, Thom Noble.
A year after this film was released, Demi Moore starred in its carbon copy The Juror, and neither of them are particularly memorable. Joanne Whalley plays a public citizen selected to serve on a courtroom jury in a case involving a powerful mobster on trial for murder. When one of the defendant’s goons (Armand Assante) contacts her personally and threatens her life if she doesn’t raise doubts among her fellow jury members about his guilt, she is caught between serving justice and saving herself. Whalley is a very strong performer who can make the most tawdry material watchable, but this film is just too cheap for her and lets her down most of the way. Her character’s penchant for collecting classic, vintage clothing makes for some fun scenes, particularly in the climax with Assante where she finally delivers her big retributive clinch.