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  • Actors: Lesley Ann Warren, Bruce Davison, Shirley Knight, Missy Crider, Allison Mack
  • Directors: Armand Mastroianni
  • Writers: John Robert Bensink, Richard Speight
  • Producers: Carla Singer, Joan Carson, Maj Canton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odyssey
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Oct. 2001
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OW31
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,301 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Interactive Menus
Scene Selections
About The Film
About The Stars
Trailers
Picture Format: PAL 4:3 Academy
Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: none

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A harrowing, if limited, 1993 thriller, Desperate Justice stars Lesley Ann Warren as Carol, a mother whose young daughter is raped by the caretaker of her school and left in a coma. The culprit is quickly rounded up; however, the case against him is dismissed for lack of rock-solid evidence. In a moment of blind fear and rage, Carol metes out summary justice of her own--and must face up to the consequences.

Desperate Justice is suitably restrained in dealing with the violence central to its subject matter. While competently enough scripted and acted to retain the viewer's interest and sympathy, it has a slightly fuzzy, sucrose feel about it that acts as a general anaesthetic against the inevitably disturbing subject matter. The final scenes in particular achieve a tidy, somewhat predictable sense of "closure" so beloved by Americans. Despite its made-for-TV air, Desperate Justice has just enough about it to ensure a passable late night 90 minutes over a mug of Horlicks.

On the DVD: This is not the sort of movie that was ever designed to benefit from DVD enhancement. Picture format is 4:3. As well as trailers, there are included here items entitled "About the film" and "About the stars", which turn out to be perfunctory text-only blurbs. --David Stubbs

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pyke Bishop on 5 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
An anguished mother stands trial for attempted murder after shooting her daughter's rapist in court.

Carol Sanders' (Lesley Ann Warren) life is torn apart after her young daughter is found viciously beaten and raped, and now lies in a coma.

The school janitor Frank Warden (David Byron) is arrested and tried, but is allowed to go free as his hot-shot lawyer Ellen Wells (Annette O'Toole), and his doting mother Bess (Shirley Knight) provide a rock solid case and alibi. Distraught and traumatised by this injustice, Carol takes the law into her own hands with disastrous consequences.

Carol discovers that the law which let a brutal attacker walk free has no mercy for a mother who was desperate to find some justice.

This isn't original but I still watched it because I was curious. Thankfully, this wasn't painful to watch.

One of the strengths here is the acting. It was interesting to see Lesley Ann Warren play a strong maternal role for a change. Bruce Davison and Melissa Lahlitah Crider came off as genuine as her loyal husband and older daughter. And Allison Mack as her youngest daughter/the victim was a picture of innocence, and wasn't annoying. There isn't any background on David Byron's character (who plays the sex offender), and he's not around for long. David Byron didn't look like a threat, which I suppose worked in his favour.

I like how the writers didn't immediately have the family come together in a time-of-crisis. Traumatic events can fracture families, temporarily or permanently. Although the ending isn't the typical happy Hollywood ending..it's pretty close to it.

If you like U.S. TV films and there is nothing decent on in the afternoon then you would probably enjoy this family/courtroom drama.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lynneleeson on 8 Mar. 2015
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excellent
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Reed on 7 Feb. 2014
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like being kept glued to intereting dramas.what i write is how i feel if i have to write more ,forget it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr R I Porter on 6 Dec. 2014
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thank you
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