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Benefit of the Doubt (1993)

R | | Thriller | 16 July 1993 (USA)
A convicted wife murderer returns 22 year later to seek revenge on the daughter who help convict him.


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Michael Lieber (story), Jeffrey Polman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Frank / Father
Amy Irving ... Karen / Daughter
Rider Strong ... Pete / Karen's son
Christopher McDonald ... Dan / Karen's partner
Graham Greene ... Bobby Calhoun / Police officer
Theodore Bikel ... Gideon Lee
Gisela Kovach ... Suzanna / Karen's neighbor
Ferdy Mayne ... Mueller
Julie Hasel Julie Hasel ... Karen / Young
Patricia Tallman ... Karen's Mother
Ralph McTurk Ralph McTurk ... Trooper
Shane McCabe Shane McCabe ... Wayland
Margaret Johnson Margaret Johnson ... Waitress
Heinrich James Heinrich James ... Marina Guard
Jean Fowler Jean Fowler ... Examiner


Twenty two years earlier, Karen helped convict her father, Frank, for the murder of her mother. With his new freedom, thanks to parole, Frank returns home to seek revenge. Having always pleaded his innocence, Frank soon works his way back into Karen's life. Written by Rob Hartill

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A terrifying story of fatherly love.




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Release Date:

16 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beneficio del dubbio See more »

Filming Locations:

Camp Verde, Arizona, USA See more »


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Frank: [Last Lines] Daddy will never forget this
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Another great Amy Irving performance
27 August 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

How many times have I watched something for a period of time before realizing that I'm looking at Amy Irving? This film was no exception. The woman is a chameleon, and though she certainly has been recognized for her work, I think she's underrated.

The plot of this film is mildly interesting - a man convicted of murdering his wife makes parole and looks up his daughter, who helped put him away. His daughter begins to doubt her testimony.

It would have been more intriguing to keep the plot on that level, to have the audience unsure throughout the film. Unfortunately, the plot disintegrates past a certain point and becomes a chase film, albeit through some magnificent scenery.

Donald Sutherland is very good in what has become a familiar role for him. But Amy makes the movie.

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