(out of 5)

 has no end of fun chewing up all the scenery in this psychological drama. She plays a prostitute accused of murder who must first go through a preliminary trial for the courts to decide if she is mentally fit for a full-blown murder trial.  is also excellent as the public defender who takes her case and ends up delving deep into her troubled family past. The cast is uniformly excellent, including  as her exasperated mother and  as her secretive father, but it is entirely Streisand’s show.  She does a great job taking the lead as a highly disturbed woman who trusts no one, including her own lawyer; apart from starring, she also contributed the beautiful music score.

Warner Bros., Barwood Films

USA, 1987

Directed by Martin Ritt

Screenplay by , , , based on the play by Tom Topor

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by Barbra Streisand

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Golden Globe Awards 1987

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