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Jagged Edge Movie Review Summary

Actors: Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, Peter Coyote

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San Francisco defense attorney Teddy Barnes (Close) takes on a high-profile murder case involving the brutal slaying of newspaper publishing heiress Page Forrester and her maid with a hunting knife. The suspect is the seceased's husband Jack (Bridges) who of course stands to inherit millions from the estate. Barnes hasn't handled a criminal case in a some time, but is trying to redeem some past unethical behavior. Unfortunately, she has a hard time deciding whether her client is guilty or innocent, and falling for him doesn't simplify matters. Director Richard Marquand ("Return of the Jedi" and "Eye of the Needle") did a decent job with this 1985 flick, shooting a rather poor and moth-eaten script by Joe Eszterhas --
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successfully manipulative, but not very credible in many ways, especially courtroom procedure. "Jagged Edge" inspired a raft of murder and courtroom thrillers in its wake, some of them better movies. Much of the acting here is strong, though: Coyote makes a fine, politically ambitious DA, and Robert Loggia is fun as Barnes's foul-mouthed but fatherly private eye.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Legal/Political Thriller?    -   Yes Legal Thriller Plotlets:    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous    -   wealthy    -   San Francisco Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes Kind of violence:    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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