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Swing Vote (1999)

A new appointee suddenly finds himself the center of attention as his other eight justices have split their votes down the middle on a case involving a woman who is charged with murder ... See full summary »

Director:

David Anspaugh

Writers:

Ronald Bass (as Ron Bass), Jane Rusconi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Garcia ... Joseph Michael Kirkland
Harry Belafonte ... Will Dunn
Robert Prosky ... Chief Justice
Ray Walston ... Justice Clore Cawley
James Whitmore ... Daniel Morissey
Kate Nelligan ... Justice Sara Marie Brandwynne
Milo O'Shea ... Justice Harlan Greene
Albert Hall ... Justice Hank Banks
Bob Balaban ... Justice Eli MacCorckle
John Aylward ... Justice Benjamin 'Rip' Ripley
LisaGay Hamilton ... Virginia Mapes
Margaret Colin ... Linda Kirkland
Hallie Eisenberg ... (as Hallie Kate Eisenberg)
Tracey Ellis ... Marley Terrell
Michael O'Keefe
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A new appointee suddenly finds himself the center of attention as his other eight justices have split their votes down the middle on a case involving a woman who is charged with murder after she had an abortion. Garcia refuses to make a rapid decision and studies all sides before rendering his opinion. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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abortion | courtroom | See All (2) »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El quiebre de la ley See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A highly insightful perspective on the judicial system and how it affects us all
22 July 2009 | by MdMMCSee all my reviews

Since the day I saw this movie several years ago, I have been trying to obtain a copy of it. That it has not received better reviews surprises me. The movie captured my interest on multiple levels……the insight one gains into the behind the scene politics of the judiciary, the fallible human element of judicial decisions, the ludicrousness and simultaneous pragmatism of the law and the influence of personal politics and values on judicial opinion were fascinating. The astounding reality of our times that could put a woman on trial for exerting control over her own body rightly or wrongly, and ultimately (and the clincher for me) the human face of judicial decisions…..the considerations and final balance of judgment we see applied in Andy Garcia's brilliant closing argument are very moving. I highly recommend it.


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