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What Rats Won't Do (1998)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 1 July 1998 (USA)
Soon to be married lawyer Kate Beckenham has landed the case of a lifetime. Her courtroom opponent turns out to be the charming Jack Sullivan, who has never lost a single case.

Director:

Alastair Reid

Writers:

Steve Coombes (screenplay), Dave Robinson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Frain ... Jack
Natascha McElhone ... Kate
Amy Phillips ... Ellen
Valentine Pelka Valentine Pelka ... Graham
Samantha Bond ... Jane
Freddie Jones ... Judge Foster
Chris Jury ... Defendant
Peter Capaldi ... Tony
W. Stephen Gilbert W. Stephen Gilbert ... Foster's Clerk
Harry Enfield ... Verger
Paul Rider Paul Rider ... Kate's Clerk
Philip Jackson ... Jack's Dad
Georgie Glen ... Woman with Dog
Parker Posey ... Mirella
Charles Dance ... Gerald
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Storyline

In London, the lawyer Kate Beckenham is near to her wedding day with her fiancé Graham, when she is invited to defend a heritage case against the brilliant lawyer Jack Sullivan, who has never lost a case in court. The twenty-one years old American Mirella Burton is disputing fifteen millions of pounds and some properties against Gerald Burton Jr., the inherited son of her deceased husband. During the trial, the romantic Kate falls in love for Jack, and sees the case in another perspective. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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lawyer | love | trial | law | widow | See All (8) »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anwältinnen küßt man nicht See more »

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Working Title Films See more »
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DTS

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Color
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James Frain (Jack) & Natascha McElhone (Kate) also worked together in episode 3.12, Californication: Mia Culpa (2009), of Californication (2007) as Paul Rider & Karen respectively. See more »

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Gerald Burton Jr.: America is made out of the sweepings of Europe.
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Just Can't Walk Away
Written by Simon Climie and Dennis Morgan
Performed by Charlotte
Courtesy of Innovision Productions
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witty comedy
31 March 2007 | by eastbergholt2002See all my reviews

"What Rats Won't Do" is an excellent, romantic-comedy about lawyers in London. Kate Beckenham (Natascha McElhone) is a young, attractive barrister who is up against a superstar lawyer, Jack Sullivan (James Frain). Sullivan has never lost a case. Beckenham is planning her wedding to a complete idiot(Valentine Pelka) but she inevitably falls for Sullivan after initially disliking him. The case involves a beautiful, American twenty-something(Parker Posey)who is left $30 million by her septuagenarian husband. Her husband's middle aged son (Charles Dance) contests the will, claiming that Posey's character manipulated the old man into leaving her everything. Dance hires Beckenham, and Posey hires Sullivan.

Although "Rats" was predictable the script was witty and fun. As a Brit living in the U.S. it was nice to be reminded of the old country. The cast were all excellent, apart from Ms. Posey who chewed the scenery. The strong supporting cast included Michael Gough, Peter Capaldi and Samantha Bond. The director, Alastair Reid, was a veteran of British TV. The highlight of his career was probably the mini-series "Traffik," which was later adapted by Stephen Soderbergh and became the Oscar-winning drama 'Traffic.'


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