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Incident in a Small Town (1994)

PG | | Drama, War | TV Movie 23 January 1994
Walter Matthau and Harry Morgan star in this made-for-television drama, in which a judge in a small town discovers that the skeletons in his family closet are aired for all to see after he's named as a prime suspect in a murder.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writer:

Cindy Myers
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Harmon Cobb
Harry Morgan ... Judge Bell
Stephanie Zimbalist ... Lily Margaret Bell
Nick Stahl ... John Bell Trenton
Bernard Behrens ... Judge Greeves
Lori Hallier ... Madeleine
David Nerman ... Frank Trenton
Dennis Strong Dennis Strong ... Joseph Baldwin
James Blendick James Blendick ... Seawright
Dee McCafferty ... Police Officer
Cara Pifko ... Nancy
Eve Crawford Eve Crawford ... Mrs. Deane
James Warren James Warren ... Chuck (as Jim Warren)
Jeremy Tracz Jeremy Tracz ... Travis
Bruce McFee Bruce McFee ... Spencer
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You need to have BEEN there!
19 April 2010 | by johnclark-1See all my reviews

Ever been in Family Court? I have, more than once.

You need to have been there to appreciate this film, which goes into the complex relationships and differing points of view of the participants in our legal system. What goes on behind the scenes?

You also see why our legal system doesn't work. It has little to do with the subject, the protagonist. In murder trials, they are never there because they're always dead! But they do move the story along. Meanwhile, the antagonists are, really, all the rest of the cast, and we see how they make a lot of money realizing their successful careers (how much is never mentioned, of course.)

Director Del Mann and writer Cindy Myers know their way around this material, and make full use of this knowledge. And it was cast beautifully.

Notice the jealousy and rivalry between the judges, who claim proprietary ownership of "their" courtrooms. Notice the conflicts of interest that infects everything that takes place, especially between the lawyers. They all wear their masks. Here we see judges who become part of the case!

So, watch this film, and LEARN, if you're about to seek a restraining order. I was able to see my own case in a different light because of this film. The principles of Greek drama are fully utilized, and the innocent members of the public will be in for surprises and enlightenment.

You may be left with the feeling, if you reach catharsis, that there must be a better (and not illegal) way to settle family disputes. You will also be left with the resolve to stay away from lawyers, judges, and courts, if you're looking for closure.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blutsbande - Eine Familie zerbricht See more »

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