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      R Released Mar 15, 1991 1h 49m Drama List
      77% Tomatometer 26 Reviews 51% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Liberal activist lawyer Jedediah (Gene Hackman) alienated daughter Maggie (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) years ago when she discovered his many affairs. Now a conservative corporate lawyer, Maggie agrees to go up against her father in court. To gain promotion, she must defend an auto manufacturer against charges that their explosion-prone station wagons are unsafe. As her mother begs for peace, Maggie takes on her dad in a trial that turns increasingly personal and nasty. Read More Read Less

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      Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: B+ Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 2/5 Nov 24, 2002 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Managed to take one of the most contrived plots I've ever seen and make it seem, if not original, then at least way above average. Rated: 3/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) History shows that a lot of action isn't needed when you have class. [Full review in Spanish] Jan 25, 2023 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a deliberately-paced and surprisingly uneventful drama that nevertheless benefits from its uniformly compelling performances... Rated: 2.5/4 Dec 27, 2020 Full Review Jason McKiernan Filmcritic.com less a battle of people and corporations than a battle between a fiery daughter and smug father Rated: 3.5/5 May 19, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Director Michael Apted makes a family-court drama. How often does a father fight his own daughter by legal matters? Gene Hackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Laurence Fishburne Jedidiah ends up fighting Maggie for years after he was unfaithful to her mother. Now they end up in the biggest case of their lives; defending an auto manufacturer against charges that their explosion-prone station wagons are unsafe. As her mother begs for peace, Maggie takes on her dad in a trial that turns increasingly personal and nasty. There is a lot of courtroom scenes going on but the father-daughter dynamic is very nicely handled. The case forces them to look more at themselves. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/16/24 Full Review Jelisije J Two lawyers that are father and daughter have to go against each other in court and the family drama is so organic and so realistic that its ends up being a great little underrated drama. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/05/24 Full Review Michael W This courtroom movie was really good. Gene Hackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Lawrence Fishburne, Colin Friels, Donald Moffat, and the rest of the cast did a fantastic job in this movie. The plot of the movie was dramatic, thrilling, and shocking. It's about working against your own family in a court case only to realize that the people you work with are involved. If you haven't seen this movie yet, check it out sometime. It's a must see. Don't listen to the bad reviews this movie has gotten. Those people have terrible tastes in movies. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/08/24 Full Review Audience Member Director Michael Apted makes a family-court drama. How often does a father fight his own daughter by legal matters? Gene Hackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Laurence Fishburne Jedidiah ends up fighting Maggie for years after he was unfaithful to her mother. Now they end up in the biggest case of their lives; defending an auto manufacturer against charges that their explosion-prone station wagons are unsafe. As her mother begs for peace, Maggie takes on her dad in a trial that turns increasingly personal and nasty. There is a lot of courtroom scenes going on but the father-daughter dynamic is very nicely handled. The case forces them to look more at themselves. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review antonis k The perfomances are pretty good but the story drags and the pacing is painfully slow. (5/10) Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review steve d Not much new but the actors work well together. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Liberal activist lawyer Jedediah (Gene Hackman) alienated daughter Maggie (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) years ago when she discovered his many affairs. Now a conservative corporate lawyer, Maggie agrees to go up against her father in court. To gain promotion, she must defend an auto manufacturer against charges that their explosion-prone station wagons are unsafe. As her mother begs for peace, Maggie takes on her dad in a trial that turns increasingly personal and nasty.
      Director
      Michael Apted
      Producer
      Robert W. Cort, Ted Field, Scott Kroopf
      Screenwriter
      Carolyn Shelby, Christopher Ames, Samantha Shad
      Distributor
      20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      Interscope Communications, 20th Century Fox
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 15, 1991, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 1, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $23.9M
      Runtime
      1h 49m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby, Surround