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Defenseless (1991)

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A lawyer is hired to defend an old college friend accused of murdering her husband.

Director:

Martin Campbell

Writers:

James Cresson (story) (as James Hicks), Jeff Burkhart (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Hershey ... Thelma 'T.K.' Knudsen Katwuller
Sam Shepard ... Det. Beutel
Mary Beth Hurt ... Ellie Seldes
J.T. Walsh ... Steven Seldes
Kellie Overbey Kellie Overbey ... Janna Seldes
Jay O. Sanders ... Bull Dozer
John Kapelos ... Jack Hammer
Sheree North ... Mrs. Bodeck
Randy Brooks ... Monroe
Christopher M. Brown Christopher M. Brown ... Dubbing Theatre Employee
Michael Collins Michael Collins ... Policeman
George P. Wilbur ... Sherman Bodeck
Marabina Jaimes ... T.K.'s Receptionist
John Achorn ... Board Member in Law Firm
Lisa Darr ... Board Member in Law Firm
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Storyline

The lawyer Thelma "T.K." Knudsen Katwuller is having a love affair with her client, Steven Seldes, accused of making under-age porn movies through the Blue Screen Production. When T.K. meets her old college friend Ellie Seldes, she finds that she is Steven's wife and Ellie invites T.K. to have dinner with her family at her home. T.K. decides to break-up with Steven and he asks her to meet him in his office. While waiting for Steven, T.K. finds that he owns the Blue Screen Production and had lied to her. The next morning, Ellie is arrested and accused of murdering her husband and Ellie hires T.K. to defend her. Detective Beutel feels that something is missing in the case. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Stalked by a madman. Framed by a killer. Terrified by the truth.

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Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eternal Evil See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,413,375
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Production Co:

New Visions Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Burt Lancaster was announced for a role, but illness prevented him from appearing. See more »

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DVD from Platinum Disc is heavily censored, removing 14 minutes of footage. See more »

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Smoke smoke smoke that cigarette...
10 April 2004 | by rps-2See all my reviews

This is not a bad little thriller complete with spooky garages and a scary fall down the elevator shaft scene although it's sometimes hard to figure out just who is who. The plot has many murky twists and turns (although I imagine the continuity suffered in being cut for television.) Nor do I understand why our lawyer/lover drives a beat up Karmann-Ghia. But this is obviously one of those films that took handouts from big tobacco. Everybody smokes everywhere. The good guys smoke. The bad guys smoke. The good guys who turn out to be bad guys smoke. The bad guys who turn out to be good guys smoke. The cops smoke. I'm surprised the judge and the jury didn't light up. The whole damn film is one big choking cloud of smelly blue smoke. Because of that I knocked my rating down two points.


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