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on 12 September 2013
Great dialogue and brilliant acting by Barbara Streisand as a high class prostitute Claudia Draper , on trial for 'manslaughter' after she slew a client in self-defence, and her lawyer, Aaron LeVinsky played by Richard Dreyfus. Great roles by Eli Wallach as an arrogant psychiatrist Dr. Herbert A. Morrison and Maureen Stapleton as Claudia's mother Maureen Stapleton.
Claudia is disruptive and aggressive throughout proceedings, ultimately she refuses to accept a plea of insanity and wants to be given a full trial to prove her innocence.
Thing get more gripping when Aaron works out from Claudia's courtroom doodling that she was sexually abused by her stepfather as a child, which led to a life of dysfunction and self-destruction.
Streisand is on top form with some really witty repartee, but ultimately explores themes such as the legal system, psychiatry, the effects of sexual abuse and mental breakdown.
One of the better American courtroom dramas/psychological thrillers with a slight touch of subtle comedy.