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Class Action (1991)

An attorney representing a traumatized accident victim finds that his opponent is a very familiar defense attorney - his own daughter.

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Michael Apted
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Jedediah Tucker Ward
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Maggie Ward
Colin Friels ... Michael Grazier
Joanna Merlin ... Estelle Ward
Laurence Fishburne ... Nick Holbrook (as Larry Fishburne)
Donald Moffat ... Quinn
Jan Rubes ... Pavel
Matt Clark ... Judge Symes
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Dr. Getchell
Jonathan Silverman ... Brian
Joan McMurtrey ... Ann
Anne Ramsay ... Deborah (as Anne Elizabeth Ramsay)
David Byron David Byron ... Carl
Tim Hopper ... Howie
Robert David Hall ... Steven Kellen
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Storyline

Jed Ward is an attorney who specializes in whistle blower, David vs. Goliath, type cases. He finds a client who is suing an auto company over a safety problem that has had a severe effect on his life after the accident. He must replace the current attorney and be ready for trial quickly, and then he finds that the defense attorney will be his estranged daughter. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

A father and a daughter, divided by a case, endangered by the truth. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for uses of strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Személyes ügy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,207,923, 17 March 1991

Gross USA:

$24,277,858

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,277,918
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After this courtroom drama, star Gene Hackman would go on to appear in such legal dramas and thrillers as The Firm (1993), The Chamber (1996), Under Suspicion (2000) and Runaway Jury (2003). See more »

Goofs

After being deluged with former test engineer Pavel's lifetime work files while at the automaker, Jed Ward asks colleagues to find "Pavel, the bunny man," so they can speak with him. If they had not yet spoken with Pavel, Jed would not know to describe him as "the bunny man." See more »

Quotes

Jedediah Tucker Ward: If your mother could hear you now.
Maggie Ward: Well she can't, can she? She finally got out of here and wherever she is, she's gotta be much happier than she was with you.
Maggie Ward: [Jedediah attempts to hit Maggie, shocking her] Finally, words fail the great Jedediah Tucker Ward.
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Connections

Referenced in Oh, Woe Is Me (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The More I See You
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Music by Harry Warren
Played on piano in the bar
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Drama, in and out of the courtroom! Wow.
17 June 2006 | by dy158See all my reviews

I still find it kind of a coincidence that this was aired here on the cable the day before Fathers' Day here. Father Jedediah Ward (Gene Hackman) and daughter Maggie (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) are both lawyers and coincidentally, they are on the opposing ends of a major court case.

From the start, one can see that Maggie is very driven to be successful in the lawyers' circles given she told her boss she wanted to take on the case because she is very aware of the company the law firm she works for represents. And her colleagues then told her that her father is the plaintiff for the case. Now this drove the daughter to outwin her father in the courtroom even more.

All the estrangement actually went back to the time when Maggie realised her father is not faithful to her mother. So whenever they passed by each other, Maggie often never gave her father one look. After Mrs Ward's passing, father and daughter reunite each other for a while...but! The old issues all came back.

And when along the way in researching for the case, an obstacle appeared and it almost led Maggie into trouble. Jedediah thought his daughter is almost in trouble and they managed to clear out some things between each other. It even led to surprising events which happened on the day of the big court case.

For me who has always been interested how lawyers always go about their work, this is a nice introduction. Father-daughter relationship is also being explored here. That is why I said about the movie on cable the day before it's Fathers' Day today here.


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