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Jagged Edge (1985)

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A wealthy woman is murdered in her beach house. The husband is allegedly knocked out first. He inherits all her inherited wealth. He has a female corporate lawyer, criminal prosecutor 4 years ago, represent him in court. Guilty?

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Richard Marquand

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Mayenzet ... Page Forrester
Peter Coyote ... Thomas Krasny
Dave Austin Dave Austin ... Policeman
Richard Partlow ... Policeman
Lance Henriksen ... Frank Martin
William Allen Young ... Greg Arnold
Ben Hammer ... Dr. Goldman
Jeff Bridges ... Jack Forrester
James Karen ... Andrew Hardesty
Sanford Jensen Sanford Jensen ... Scott Talbot
Woody Eney Woody Eney ... Austin Lofton
Al Ruscio ... Carl Siegal
Sharon Hanian Sharon Hanian ... Assistant D.A.
Sarah Cunningham Sarah Cunningham ... First Judge
Glenn Close ... Teddy Barnes
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Storyline

San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires lawyer Teddy Barnes to defend him, despite the fact she hasn't handled a criminal case for many years. There's a certain chemistry between them and Teddy soon finds herself defending the man she loves. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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There are two sides of this mystery. Murder...And Passion. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hearts of Fire See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,094,091, 6 October 1985

Gross USA:

$40,491,165

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,491,165
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The exteriors of the court-room were really in fact San Francisco's City Hall. See more »

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Teddy's clothes change several times while giving her opening statement to the jury. See more »

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Teddy Barnes: Did your mother ever wash your mouth out with soap and water?
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Close But No Cigar
12 February 2004 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

******SPOILERS****** A brutal double-murder of prominent socialite and newspaper heiress Mrs. Paige Forrester, Maria Mayenzet, and her house-maid Consuela Martinez occurs one rainy evening at the Forrester Estate outside San Francisco.

Page's husband Jack, Jeff Bridges, who was also injured in the attack, is indited for murder by the San Francisco DA Thomas Kersny, Peter Coyote. DA Kersn feels that Jack not only murdered his wife and her house-maid but also faked his own injury to throw off the police's suspicions about him being the killer. DA Kersny also has it in for Jack personally in that being the owner as well as editor of the influential San Francisco Times he's been writing unrelentingly negative editorials about him.

Being indited for his wife's murder Jack seeks out former DA Teddy Barnes, Glenn Close, who used to work with Thomas Kersny at the DA's office. Teddy quit some four years ago because of a case that she helped him with in which a defendant Henry Styles was convicted. Teddy later found out that Kersny withheld vital evidence that would have found Styles innocent. Later in the movie Teddy finds out that Styles hung himself in his cell from non other then Kersny himself! This got her even more upset then she already was about that case.

This sets up the movies storyline: A brutal double-murder is committed and a DA who has it in for the murder suspect jumps into the case for personal more then for professional reasons. The lawyer who defends the murder suspect has guilt feelings for working with the DA prosecuting the case against her client. Added to all that she's almost driven into a serious depression when she finds out that the person that she helped the DA convict, who she later found out was innocent, has just killed himself. With all the "red herrings" flying around in the movie does the murder weapon a hunting knife with a jagged edge belong to Jack? Most of all did the affairs, by both Jack and Page, one or both lead to Page's murder?

It's also a mystery if the dashing and handsome tennis gigolo Bobby Slade (Marshall Colt),who was having an affair with Page, killed her when she threatened to leave him and then frame her husband Jack for her murder?

The movie "Jagged Edge" holds itself together pretty well until the final fifteen minutes and then just falls apart like a house of cards. The totally contrived as well as unrealistic ending hits the viewer like a solid punch right in the stomach and knocks all the wind out of him or her. It's hard to believe that the killer would end up being so careless and stupid after bing so smart and cunning during the entire movie. This after he got away with the crime Scot-free and having nothing at all to fear from the law, why did he have to blow it all in the end?

"Jagged Edge" is not a bad movie it's a very good murder/mystery/court thriller but with a terrible ending and it's a good ending that's the most important thing in a movie like it.


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