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Legal Eagles (1986)

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A New York district attorney works and flirts with his adversary and her kooky artist client, who is on trial for a murder she didn't commit.

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Writers:

Ivan Reitman (story), Jim Cash (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Redford ... Tom Logan
Debra Winger ... Laura Kelly
Daryl Hannah ... Chelsea Deardon
Brian Dennehy ... Cavanaugh
Terence Stamp ... Victor Taft
Steven Hill ... Bower
David Clennon ... Blanchard
John McMartin ... Forrester
Jennifer Dundas ... Jennifer Logan (as Jennie Dundas)
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Judge Dawkins
Christine Baranski ... Carol Freeman
Sara Botsford ... Barbara
David Hart ... Marchek
James Hurdle James Hurdle ... Sebastian Dearden
Gary Howard Klar Gary Howard Klar ... Hit Man (as Gary Klar)
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Storyline

District Attorney Tom Logan is set for higher office, at least until he becomes involved with defence lawyer Laura Kelly and her unpredictable client Chelsea Deardon. It seems the least of Chelsea's crimes is the theft of a very valuable painting, but as the women persuade Logan to investigate further and to cut some official corners, a much more sinister scenario starts to emerge. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Tom Logan has a law partner who put a dog on the witness stand. A client who can't enter a room without a crime being committed. And a case that could turn out to be the murder of the year. His. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The nickname that got given to Assistant District Attorney Tom Logan (Robert Redford) of the New York City District Attorney's Office due to his love affair with Chelsea Deardon (Daryl Hannah) was "The Darling DA". See more »

Goofs

When Kelly and Logan enter Taft's warehouse, it's sunny with a few clouds. Moments later, when Taft closes the warehouse door, it's still broad daylight with bright sun. But a minute later when Kelly and Logan escape the warehouse, it's dusk and the buildings in the Manhattan skyline have their lights on. See more »

Quotes

Chelsea Deardon: Do you always cross-examine people?
Tom Logan: Only when they lie to me.
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Alternate Versions

SPOILER: The syndicated broadcast version offers a considerably changed ending, in which the Daryl Hannah character goes from being innocent of murder to being guilty of one of the murders. (There are also differently edited versions of the Chelsea-is-guilty ending.) See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: Free Magilla (2005) See more »

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Put Out the Fire
Performed by Daryl Hannah
Written by Daryl Hannah and Michael Monteleone
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Subtle in parts, lightweight and easy to watch
24 May 2004 | by indigitumSee all my reviews

You don't get actors like Redford and Winger anymore. The subtleties in their facial expressions, the humanness of their characters are evident in each move they make and each action. In a sense, there is no 'acting', since the storyline, the characters and the flow reach a natural confluence. The only character that makes me feel a bit uncomfortable is Daryl Hannah's Chelsea - the performance artist. Brian Dennehy is also a little underutilised, but the movie is really a swinger for both Winger and Redford who make their attraction and talent as attorneys believable.

I've seen this movie about 5 times over the years and I never get sick of it. Though I know the plot, each time I find myself watching the actors rather than predicting the storyline. Its just great and really, so easy to watch and enjoy. There is humour, old fashioned romance, good IL' bad guys vs good guys, a bit of blood and gore and a lot of fine art thrown in. I highly recommend it!


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Legal Eagles See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,043,360, 22 June 1986

Gross USA:

$49,851,591

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,151,591
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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