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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.
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on 23 July 2017
bit disappointing
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on 10 June 2017
Goog, solid court action drama
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on 12 June 2016
Vintage court room drama.
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on 24 August 2011
Hackman is excellent in this role as the crusty old attorney battling with his estranged daughter. One of Hollywoods greatest - in my opinion - Hackman makes it look so easy. A good, not great plot and storyline, is carried well throughout and reaches the slightly obvious conclusion with near perfect timing, as another 15 minuts might have been a tad too long. Buy it, watch it, enjoy it, Hackman is pure class.
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on 19 June 2017
The filming technique is breathtaking. Not bad. If there's one next, I'll be looking forward to it. On rainy days, I shut myself up and watch it by myself. The ending was good and I felt the next one. The plot is wonderful. The two main characters of the emotional performance of people laughing.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 March 2012
Though I shan't name specifics, back in the '90s, when Class Action was made, vehicle component malfunction affected and scared more everyday folk than the usual cases for U.S Courtroom dramas i.e Medical and Corporate cases.

So, when a lighting circuit component fails in a popular car model and causes vehicle fires, naturally a case is lodged against the manufacturers. Taking the case is a crusty, liberal lawyer, Jed, (Gene Hackman). But, to his shock and fortunately for us, in defence is Jed's estranged daughter Maggie (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), who's ambitious and ruthless. This creates a tension, in the courtroom and privately as reasons and causes for their differences are aired.

Unlike some more well known courtroom dramas, there's little shouting or violence. No one gets murdered. The case is reasonably involving and both leads are good. The outcome wasn't as full-blooded as I'd have liked and so I give three and bit stars. Quietly recommended, though, especially for lovers of the genre.
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on 25 September 2013
Gene Hackman yet again does a great acting job great courtroom drama that has daughter against father, who will win well you will have to buy the movie to find out
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on 1 August 2014
Great legal drama. Old but well preserved and has a great performance from Gene Hackman.
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on 8 July 2015
Has seen this many years ago and still a great film. Worth the watch.
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