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The Trials of Cate McCall 2014

3.7 out of 5 stars (23) IMDb 6.3/10

A former hotshot lawyer, now in recovery from alcoholism and estranged from her family, must take on the case of a young woman wrongfully convicted of murder in order to regain the trust of her peers and above all else, custody of her daughter.

Starring:
Kate Beckinsale, Nick Nolte
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Karen Moncrieff
Starring Kate Beckinsale, Nick Nolte
Supporting actors James Cromwell, Mark Pellegrino, Anna Schafer, David Lyons, Clancy Brown, Ava Kolker, Johnny Sneed, Jay Thomas, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Dale Dickey, Brendan Sexton III, Isaiah Washington, Michael Hyatt, Brad Greenquist, Lily Knight, Sharon Omi, David A. Kimball, Kathy Baker
Studio Solo Media
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format: DVD
Contains clues of midpoint plot spoiler.

Cate (Kate Beckinsale) is on probation from the DAs office. She has a drinking problem which has compounded her problems as it has placed her on the ugly end of a custody case. The bad news is that Nick Nolte is the one helping to keep her sober (search Nolte 2002 DUI arrest photo). In spite of her personal issues, Cate is good in the courtroom and likes to win. She is given a pro bono case of a woman convicted of murder (Anna Anissimova) who claims she is innocent.

As Cate investigates the case she discovers layers of lies and misconduct by the police. She becomes convinced of her innocence and works to get her released in a courtroom case that goes like a hot knife through butter. in fact it was too easy as my John Katzenbach flashbacks materialized before my eyes. Ho-hum. I felt like I had been there and done that before.

The film was done fairly well for a 90 minute production. There were things that weren't explained. Was the car crash an attempt on her life or a co-incidence? In many ways the film felt incomplete. Her personal demons seemed glossed over and exactly how did her relationship fall so fast with her daughter, or did she ever have one?

In many ways it reminded me of a Lifetime film. 3 1/2 stars

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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A good cast and plot keeps your interest in this thriller. The personal issues of Cate make an interesting sub-plot which could have been expanded on rather than having the various twists in the main plot which eventually got confusing. By the end of the film I didn't know who was innocent or guilty and what were the lies and the truth whilst the personal issues were only superficially covered. Despite the film messy unresolved ending it's still worth watching.
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Californian attorney, Cate McCall (Kate Beckinsale) is a drunk. With her marriage on the rocks, her career in jeopardy, she's turned to drink to numb the pain, and her inability to deal with her problems means she is about to lose her daughter who's being cared for by her estranged husband (David Lyons). With little choice left but to turn her life around under the watchful eye of her sponsor (Nick Nolte), Cate's obliged to take on the case of a young woman, Lacey Stubbs (Anna Anissimova) who has been imprisoned for committing murder . Initially admitting to cutting the throat of another woman, Lacey now denies her guilt and accuses a policeman (Mark Pellegrino) of raping her and someone else of the murder. Cate McCall isn't used to losing court cases and she's determined to win the freedom of her client, renew her reputation, and get back her daughter.

The Trials of Cate McCall has a storyline which is similar to other courtroom dramas and there's no prize for guessing the course the storyline takes. Nevertheless, I found it a gripping movie and that is probably more down to the strong cast and excellent performances all round than the plot. It's a shame that Clancy Brown, forever the bad guy, didn't get a bigger part in the movie as he's always good to watch but at least we get a fair dose of gravelly-voiced Nick Nolte. James Cromwell seems to be popping up in all sorts of movies nowadays and appeared in this as a judge. I thought some of the legalities were a bit suspect but who am I to argue?

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By Torben Retboll TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2016
Format: DVD
“The Trials of Cate McCall” is a US courtroom drama from 2013 that was released on DVD in 2014. Here is some basic information about it:

** Produced by Karen Moncrieff, Eric Karten, Marc Bienstock, and Peter Schafer
** Written and directed by Karen Moncrieff
** Run time: 90 minutes

The cast includes the following:

** Kate Beckinsale as Cate McCall – a lawyer
** David Lyons as Josh – Cate’s ex-husband
** Nick Nolte as Bridges – Cate’s AA sponsor
** Anna Anissimova as Lacey Stubbs – Cate’s client

** James Cromwell as Justice Jamison Sumpter
** Clancy Brown as District Attorney Randall Brinkerhoff
** Mark Pellegrino as Detective Robert Welch

I do not wish to spoil the viewing for anyone. Therefore I am not going to reveal too much about what happens in this movie. I will only tell you how the story begins.

Cate was an important lawyer, but things are not like that anymore. She is an alcoholic, and she has lost her job. While she has not lost her license to practice law, she is on probation. Her personal life is also going downhill: her marriage is over. Josh, who was her husband, is now her ex-husband and he has custody of their daughter.

Cate has a chance to get back on her feet: she has been given a case which seems to be hopeless. If she can win this case, she might get her old job back and she might also be allowed to see her daughter again.

Cate’s sponsor Bridges tries to help her, but as he points out, she is the only one who can really help. “Things are not going to change, unless you change.”

What about Cate’s career as a lawyer? Can she conduct the case? Can she win it? What about her personal life? Will she get back on her feet again?
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