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Class Action
     

Class Action

Director: Michael Apted

Cast: Gene Hackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Colin Friels

 

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A pair of lawyers must balance their professional principles (such as they are) against family loyalties in this courtroom drama. Jedediah Ward (Gene Hackman) is a leftist lawyer who has based his career on helping people avoid being taken for a ride by the rich and powerful; he's pursued principle at the expense of profit, though he has a bad habit of not following

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A pair of lawyers must balance their professional principles (such as they are) against family loyalties in this courtroom drama. Jedediah Ward (Gene Hackman) is a leftist lawyer who has based his career on helping people avoid being taken for a ride by the rich and powerful; he's pursued principle at the expense of profit, though he has a bad habit of not following up on his clients after their cases are settled. Jed's daughter, Maggie (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), has had a bad relationship with her father ever since she discovered that he was cheating on her mother, and while she also has made a career in law, she has taken a very different professional route by working for a high-powered corporate law firm and has adopted a conservative political agenda. Jed is hired to help field a lawsuit against a major auto manufacturer whose station wagons have a dangerous propensity to explode on impact, but while his research indicates he has an all but airtight case against them, the case becomes more complicated for him when he discovers that Maggie is representing the firm he's suing.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Although the structure of the screenplay for this legal drama from director Michael Apted is moderately by the numbers, the film rivets with its attention to character development and dialogue against a backdrop of exploring issues of professional dilemmas and family dysfunction. What Class Action (1991) is really all about, however, is the generation gap, as a father and daughter represent two utterly opposite approaches to life and the law. One is rapaciously bottom-line yet ethical (and therefore modern), the other idealistic but shamelessly self-aggrandizing (representing the era of free love and civil protest). Gene Hackman is at his best in the role of a flawed legend, while Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio holds her own in scenes opposite a great actor doing some of his best work in a decade. The real star of Class Action, however, is a well-told story cast with actors selected for their ability and not their visually pleasing qualities.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
UPC:
0024543162698
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:49:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Hackman Jedediah Tucker Ward
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Maggie Ward
Colin Friels Michael Grazier
Joanna Merlin Estelle Ward
Laurence Fishburne Nick Holbrook
Donald Moffat Quinn
Jan Rubes Pavel
Fred Dalton Thompson Doctor Getchell
Jonathan Silverman Brian
Matt Clark Judge Symes
John Dearman Judge
Dan Hicks Actor
Tim Hopper Howie
Lora Kennedy Actor
Linda Lowy Actor
Davia Nelson Actor
Renn Reynolds Bartender at Bix
James Van Harper Janitor
Acoustic Warriors Band at Rosatti's
Lickettes Band at Rosatti's
Joan McMurtrey Ann
Anne Ramsay Deborah
David Byron Carl
Robert David Hall Steven Keller
Wood Moy Mr. Minh
Victor Talmadge Bernstein
Hajna O. Moss Laura Hollbrook
Abigail van Alyn Judge Ormsby
Gretchen Grant Party Goer
Richard Zitrin Prosecutor
Elizabeth Monti Clerk
Carolyn Reynolds Najera Receptionist
Carolyn Shelby Woman Lawyer
Ken Grantham Anthony Patricola
Greg Goossen Bartender at Rosatti's

Technical Credits
Michael Apted Director
Christopher Ames Co-producer,Screenwriter
Mark Billerman Art Director
Robert W. Cort Producer
Ian Crafford Editor
Ted Field Producer
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Todd Hallowell Production Designer
James Horner Score Composer
Scott Kroopf Producer
Kim Kurumada Associate Producer
Daniel May Set Decoration/Design
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
Samantha Shad Screenwriter
Carolyn Shelby Co-producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:24]
2. Big Time Lawyers [1:21]
3. Kellen's Case [1:27]
4. A Class Action Suit [3:08]
5. Do You Like Me? [1:37]
6. The Anniversary Party [2:18]
7. The Bad Guy [2:57]
8. Drop the Case [2:29]
9. Opposing Counsels [1:48]
10. A Death in the Family [3:13]
11. The Safest Car [3:09]
12. Dinner With Dad [1:41]
13. Witness Elimination [3:41]
14. A Professional Killer [3:13]
15. The Depth Charge [1:36]
16. Pavel's Report [6:24]
17. The Letter of the Law [1:30]
18. A Simple Actuarial Analysis [1:34]
19. Mirror Image [4:16]
20. The Way It Is [3:24]
21. Apologies [3:57]
22. Forgiven [1:25]
23. Pavel's Testimony [1:44]
24. Witness for the Plaintiff [6:49]
25. The Bean Counter [1:12]
26. Matters of Ethics [3:09]
27. Daddy's Girl [1:55]
28. End Titles [5:42]

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