was one of a series of entertaining if porous thrillers crafted by screenwriter Joe Eszterhas before he wrote the ridiculous Showgirls
. This 1985 movie is a taut mystery about an attorney (Glenn Close) who defends a newspaper publisher (Jeff Bridges) accused of murder. The fact that Close's character falls for him is more convenient than plausible, but it is a necessary emotional bridge for Eszterhas and director Richard Marquand (Eye of the Needle
) to build toward a powerful finale. Scary, fun as courtroom dramas go, the film is well serviced by the two lead stars and has impressive support from co-star Peter Coyote and especially from Robert Loggia, who plays Close's cop buddy. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
When newspaper editor Jack Forrester (Jeff Bridges) is accused of murdering his wife, lawyer Teddy Barnes (Glenn Close) believes he is innocent and agrees to defend him. Working closely together on the case, the pair soon begin an affair, but when Teddy and her investigator Sam (Robert Loggia) start to turn up more and more evidence implicating Jack in the crime, she finds her own personal feelings coming into conflict with her wish to see justice done.