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R| 1 hr. 49 min.

Plot Summary
Liberal activist lawyer Jedediah (Gene Hackman) alienated daughter Maggie (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) years ago when she discovered his many affairs. Now a conservative corporate lawyer, Maggie agrees to go up against her father in court. To gain promotion, she must defend an auto manufacturer against charges that their explosion-prone station wagons are unsafe. As her mother begs for peace, Maggie takes on her dad in a trial that turns increasingly personal and nasty.

Cast: Gene Hackman , Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio , Colin Friels , Joanna Merlin , Larry Fishburne , Donald Moffat , Jan Rubes , Matt Clark

Director: Michael Apted

Genres: Drama

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Class Action (1991)

Release Date: March 15th, 1991|1 hr. 49 min.

critic reviews ( 3 )
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  • With outstanding performances by Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as the embattled father and daughter, the film is a remarkably mature treatment of conflict in a family whose members are fully involved in the problems of our times. [15 Mar 1991] show more

  • There is cinematic art, and there's a good evening out; this is the latter. [15 Mar 1991] show more

  • The screenplay by Carolyn Shelby, Christopher Ames and Samantha Shad contains dialogue scenes so well-heard and written it's hard to believe this is a Hollywood movie, with Hollywood's tendency to have characters underline every emotion so the audience won't have to listen so carefully. show more

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