Benefit of the Doubt

Benefit of the Doubt

Director: Jonathan Heap

Cast: Donald Sutherland, Amy Irving, Rider Strong

     
 
In this suspense thriller, a woman wonders if she can trust her memory when her father returns from prison a very different man from the violent psychopath she remembers. Karen (Amy Irving) is a single mother who twenty years ago delivered the testimony that put her father Frank (Donald Sutherland) behind bars for the murder of her mother. While Karen has no doubts

Overview

In this suspense thriller, a woman wonders if she can trust her memory when her father returns from prison a very different man from the violent psychopath she remembers. Karen (Amy Irving) is a single mother who twenty years ago delivered the testimony that put her father Frank (Donald Sutherland) behind bars for the murder of her mother. While Karen has no doubts that Frank is guilty of the crime, the years have clouded her memory a bit and she doesn't recall all the events with complete clarity. Now that Frank has been released, he's returned to Karen's neighborhood and is going out of his way to ingratiate himself with Pete (Rider Strong), her son, and Dan (Christopher McDonald), her boyfriend. A furious Karen confronts Frank, but she discovers a father who is not the ogre she sent to prison but a calm, charming, well-spoken gentleman who seems to bear her no ill will. They discuss the death of Karen's mother and Frank begins to convince her that it was all a terrible accident. Frank begins to work his way back into Karen's life as he gradually cuts her off from her circle of friends; when Dan dies under mysterious circumstances, Karen thinks nothing of it, but Sheriff Calhoun (Graham Greene) wonders if Frank might have something to do with the crime. Benefit of the Doubt marked the feature debut for producer Jonathan Heap.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2011
UPC:
0096009784690
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Time:
1:32:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald Sutherland Frank
Amy Irving Karen
Rider Strong Pete
Christopher McDonald Dan
Graham Greene Calhoun
Theodore Bikel Attorney Gideon Lee
Gisele Kovach Susanna
Rachel Abroms Actor
Owens Hill Actor
Margaret Johnston Waitress
Douglas Deane Turner
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne Mueller
Patricia Tallman Karen's Mom
Ralph McTurk Trooper
Shane McCabe Wayland
Heinrich James Marina Guard
Jean Fowler Examiner
John Bachelder Young Man
Don Collier Charlie
David Hammond Jimmy

Technical Credits
Jonathan Heap Director
Lowell D. Blank Producer
Alison Cross Screenwriter
Larry Dias Set Decoration/Design
Dieter Geissler Co-producer
Brad M. Gilbert Producer
John Gray Special Effects
Myron Hoffert Asst. Director
Johnny E. Jensen Cinematographer
Christopher Keyser Screenwriter
Marina Kieser Production Designer
David S. Lazan Art Director
Michael Lieber Original Story
Hummie Mann Score Composer
Ann Masterson Makeup
Todd Pfeiffer Asst. Director
Jeffrey Polman Screenwriter
Sharyn Ross Editor
Susan Slonaker Producer
Michael Spielberg Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer

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Disc #1 -- Benefit of the Doubt
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