“If he didn’t do it, I’ll get him off.”
Female lawyer Teddy Barnes (Glenn Close) questions the innocence of the man (Jeff Bridges) she is defending on suspicion of murder.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Courtroom Drama
- Jeff Bridges Films
- Murder Mystery
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this popular ’80s courtroom thriller is “absurdly written”, “too slick”, and “manipulative”. Nonetheless, it possesses a stand-out performance by Glenn Close (smart and savvy in her tailor-made suits), and enough plot twists to keep you guessing the entire time. It’s too bad screenwriter Joe Eszterhas — best known for Showgirls (1995) and Basic Instinct (1992) — insults his audience with inane dialogue (“He had a rap sheet as long as my dick”), a distracting subplot about legal ethics, and an unrealistic, unprofessional romantic relationship between Close and Bridges — because there’s potential here for something much better.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Glenn Close’s sympathetic performance
- Many clever plot twists
No. This is an enjoyable courtroom thriller, but certainly not must-see viewing.