Class Action (1991) – Encore Review


“Bailiff, would you go next door and remind them that justice is blind, not deaf.” – Judge Ormsby

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (In theater in 1991, 9 Oct 1991, cable, video, 12 Dec 2013 and 25 Apr 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A father and daughter on opposing sides of a court case must deal with their loyalty to their clients while the familial friction between the two of them continues to rise.

My Take on it – This is a such a great courtroom drama.

Both gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio are superb here and can hold their own against one another.

The film does a wonderful job showing the grueling process of litigation while also showing how it can take on toll on one’s personal and familial life.

The dialogue is both witty and profound as the story gets deeper and deeper into its essence.

The characters are developed quite well even if they are all painted as stereotypes; good, bad, David, Goliath, etc.

The supporting cast is also great with lots of familiar faces in the crowd.

Laurence Fishburne, Donald Moffat, Jonathan Silverman, Jan Rubes, Matt Clark, Fred Thompson, Anne Ramsey and Joanna Merlin add so much to the way this story plays out.

The courtroom scenes are great because they allow the viewer to get a real feel for these kind of trials that have power and somber moments as things progress.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Coming from a documentary background, specifically with his “Up” series, Michael Apted was very keen to depict the legal process as accurately as possible. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (upgrade from original review)

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