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The Trials of Cate McCall (2013)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 28 November 2013 (Hungary)
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In order to be reinstated to the bar and recover custody of her daughter, a hotshot lawyer, now in recovery and on probation, must take on the appeal of a woman wrongfully convicted of murder.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Beckinsale ... Cate McCall
Nick Nolte ... Bridges
James Cromwell ... Justice Sumpter
Mark Pellegrino ... Detective Welch
Anna Schafer ... Lacey (as Anna Anissimova)
David Lyons ... Josh
Clancy Brown ... D.A. Brinkerhoff
Ava Kolker ... Augie
Johnny Sneed ... D.A. Barker
Jay Thomas ... Loncraine
Joseph Lyle Taylor ... Officer Duncan
Dale Dickey ... Mrs. Stubbs
Brendan Sexton III ... Rusty Burkhardt
Isaiah Washington ... Wilson George
Michael Hyatt ... Fern


In California, Cate McCall is an alcoholic lawyer who was on probation and rehab. She had an argument with a judge who made her take a breathalyzer test and put her on probation in a small office. Cate is also fighting to recover custody of her daughter who lives with her father, who is moving to Seattle. Cate is assigned to defend Lacey Stubbs, who has appealing against her wrongful conviction of murdering another woman on the basis of a since there was a trial error. Further, Lacey also tells that she was raped by a guard in the prison. Cate, who has never lost a case, investigates the case with her friend Bridges and they find evidence that might prove that Lacey is innocent and that her case had been fabricated. But is she really innocent? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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28 November 2013 (Hungary) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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A Very Good Drama
31 July 2014 | by bob-rutzel-1See all my reviews

Cate (Kate Beckinsale) is a lawyer on probation. She is also an alcoholic, and is fighting for custody of her daughter. Cate is assigned to defend Lacey Stubbs (Anna Anissimova) who has been accused of murder and was also raped by a prison guard.

Wouldn't it be nice to see a good drama where the hero or heroine isn't a recovering alcoholic, a druggy, in a custody fight, is argumentative and also somewhat of a loose canon? Well, dream on this is what sells today. Hey, I bought it (okay rented it). Hollywood likes heroes with warts because they believe everyone has warts. Oh, all that doesn't apply to Cate, but some of it does.

Anyway, this is a good drama about a driven lawyer who has personal problems that she needs to overcome. Keep in mind the title above as the word TRIALS is pertinent. It's plural.

In the beginning she says she doesn't concern herself if her client is guilty or innocent, and later has a change of heart, but can she overcome the politics, lies, the good old boys and the system?

Oh, the language: As I got into this I couldn't help think that Ms Beckinsale took the role so she could spew F-bombs all over the place. She seemed to relish in this. I may be wrong, but there were too many F-bombs by her. Too many.

Ms Beckinsale does a very credible job without going overboard into melancholy or self-pity. OK, maybe a little bit. She carries this movie perfectly.

Still, this is a good drama with a very good supporting cast with special shout-outs going to James Cromwell, and Nick Nolte who are always good. Although this is a very good drama James Cromwell makes it even better. Am beginning to think of him as the best actor in Hollywood and this is with apologies to Clint Eastwood who says Morgan Freeman is the best actor on the planet. Hey, there's room for both.

Now, I need to go see what I can do about my warts. HA ! (7/10)

Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: Yes, too much of it.

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