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A pair of lawyers must balance their professional principles (such as they are) against family loyalties in this courtroom drama. Jedediah Ward (Gene Hackman) is a leftist lawyer who has based his career on helping people avoid being taken for a ride by the rich and powerful; he's pursued principle at the expense of profit, though he has a bad habit of not following up on his clients after their cases are settled. Jed's daughter, Maggie (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), has had a bad relationship with her father ever since she discovered that he was cheating on her mother, and while she also has made a career in law, she has taken a very different professional route by working for a high-powered corporate law firm and has adopted a conservative political agenda. Jed is hired to help field a lawsuit against a major auto manufacturer whose station wagons have a dangerous propensity to explode on impact, but while his research indicates he has an all but airtight case against them, the case becomes more complicated for him when he discovers that Maggie is representing the firm he's suing. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 15, 1991

Cast

Gene Hackman
as Jedediah Tucker Ward
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
as Maggie Ward
Colin Friels
as Michael Grazier
Joanna Merlin
as Estelle Ward
Laurence Fishburne
as Nick Holbrook
Donald Moffat
as Quinn
Jan Rubes
as Pavel
Fred Dalton Thompson
as Doctor Getchell
Jonathan Silverman
as Brian
Anne Ramsay
as Deborah
Tim Hopper
as Howie
Ken Grantham
as Anthony Patricola
Gretchen Grant
as Party Goer
Hajna O. Moss
as Laura Hollbrook
Greg Goossen
as Bartender at Rosatti's
Joan McMurtrey
as Ann
Matt Clark
as Judge Symes
Richard Zitrin
as Prosecutor
Victor Talmadge
as Bernstein
Elizabeth Monti
as Clerk
Linda Lowy
Lora Kennedy
James Van Harper
as Janitor
David Byron
as Carl
Wood Moy
as Mr. Minh
Dan Hicks
Abigail van Alyn
as Judge Ormsby
Renn Reynolds
as Bartender at Bix
Davia Nelson
Carolyn Shelby
as Woman Lawyer

Crew

Michael Apted
Director
Robert W. Cort
Producer
Ted Field
Producer
Samantha Shad
Screenwriter
Carolyn Shelby
Screenwriter
Christopher Ames
Screenwriter
Conrad L. Hall
Cinematographer
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
Ian Crafford
Editor
Todd Hallowell
Production Designer
Mark Billerman
Art Director
Carolyn Shelby
Co-producer
Christopher Ames
Co-producer
Kim Kurumada
Associate Producer
Daniel May
Set Designer
Rita Ryack
Costume Designer
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