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a fearsome battle in court and at home
on 9 February 2008
Yes, 5 Stars, probably worth 4 and a half. A little known gem, to the wider audience. A complicated case comes to court whereby a giant car company is being sued for producing dangerous vehicles. The alleged victims hire Gene Hackman from a small local company to take on the case for them, although he is well aware he is unlikely to win against the big company that is to defend the vehicle manufacturers. Matters become worse when he discovers that his own daughter will be the lead council opposing him.
War is declared at home and in court, with his wife left to pay the ultimate price. Hackman is marvelous in this, and really plays from the heart. One or two moments in this might put a tear or two in your eyes. At one point when a key witness pokes fun in court at the alleged victims, Hackman retorts 'it's all right for you to joke, you still have both your arms and legs'.
His daughter, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, hates her father for his past behaviour towards her mother and has no intention of losing the case, although events leave her with a moral dilemma. One can not help taking sides with the underdog, but how will this resolve itself ?? The film has a very fine ending, which is somewhat unexpected. Enjoy.