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Actors: Barbara Hershey, Sam Shepard, Mary Beth Hurt, J.T. Walsh, Kellie Overbey
Director: Martin Campbell
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2002     1hr 46min


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Actors: Barbara Hershey, Sam Shepard, Mary Beth Hurt, J.T. Walsh, Kellie Overbey
Director: Martin Campbell
Creators: David Bombyk, J. David Williams, Renée Missel, Stuart Benjamin, Taylor Hackford, James Hicks, Jeff Burkhart
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Platinum Disc
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/01/2002
Original Release Date: 08/23/1991
Theatrical Release Date: 08/23/1991
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

What the...........
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I loved the movie, but the DVD is EDITED. There were several scenes that have been edited (I am assuming for nudity and content since the film revolves around a porn set).
I don't really have a problem with the nudity, but there were several scenes that were crucial to the story...especially right before the murder takes place (it is something Barbara Hershey finds in her boyfriends office. On video, you see what she sees, in the DVD you don't....if I wanted an edited film, I would have watched it on the Lifetime Network."
She protected others but could not protect herself
Peter Shelley | Sydney, New South Wales Australia | 09/05/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The title of this thriller is both a pun on Barbara Hershey playing a lawyer and the fact that she is being stalked, though the stalking is dropped halfway. Hershey is perceived as a flake, partly because she dresses "unprofessionally", wears wavy hair, and tends to talk to herself. However luckily for us, this perception gives Hershey a "defensive" atttitude (ho ho) and her acting has a bit more edge than usual. Director Martin Campbell keeps her moving here, rather than letting the camera settle on her, which ironically makes her look all the more beautiful. Hershey's lawyer finds herself in a bind when she is involved in the death of her married lover, who is also a client she is defending for his association with a porno racket. The porno film that opens this film actually looks pretty tame, and it seems odd to have the female as the aggressor, though I suppose this is a male fantasy. When we are told that the father of the actress seeks to punish all those involved (and this includes Hershey by association) because the girl is underage, something is off since the girl seems most willing in the footage. By having Hershey fight with her lover and attack him, the idea that she has killed him is raised, though surprisingly this is dropped quickly, all the more surprising considering how savage her attack is. What's more of a surprise is having Hershey represent Mary Beth Hurt as her lover's wife. Hershey herself says this is not possible after she reports the death, and thereby makes herself a material witness. Hurt pleads guilty to the murder, and at one point Hershey challenges her by telling her she was always a bad actress, recalling their shared college play. This line is particularly unfortunate coming from Hershey, since Hurt is so much the stronger performer. Even saddled with a ridiculous southern accent and drag-queen fly-away hair (what was the hair-stylist thinking?!), she is the best thing about the entire film, though not even she can save the pseudo-Fatal Attraction ending. In spite of the schizophrenic treatment, Campbell maintains our interest all the way through, though I could have done without Hershey spilling red wine on Mary Beth's white carpet. Even though she doesn't make much of an impression, it's still interesting to see Sheree North in the supporting cast, as a reminder of what Marilyn Monroe's later roles may have been if she had lived. Oh, and Sam Shepard's in it too, and seems very bored."
Lots of screen time for Hershey
Eric Krupin | Salt Lake City, UT | 03/03/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the scandalously few top billings in Barbara Hershey's career. As such, the iron-stomached film viewer will at least get to enjoy lots of BH screen time for his suffering. Other than that, not much.Irrelevant but amusing: I read somewhere that during the filming of this movie Sam Shepard would whine every time he had to do anything involving the least bit of action. (Jackie Chan heroics are not involved, you understand.) What a wussy!"