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The Defenders: Payback (1997)

E.G. Marshall returns as the head of the law firm that he portrayed in the 1961 television series. This time his partners are his son (Beau Bridges) and his granddaughter (Martha Plimpton).... See full summary »

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Andy Wolk

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Andy Wolk, Peter Wolk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... Don Preston
E.G. Marshall ... Lawrence Preston
Martha Plimpton ... M.J. Preston
Roma Maffia ... Julie Bishop
Mark Blum ... Jackson
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Tracey Lane
Clea DuVall ... Jessica Lane
Yaphet Kotto ... Judge Williams
Sean McCann ... John Broderick
John Larroquette ... Michael Lane
Mimi Kuzyk ... Camille Preston
Christopher Redman ... Steven Preston
Chloe Brown Chloe Brown ... Kelly Preston
Nicholas Kilbertus Nicholas Kilbertus ... Jack Bishop
Bradie Whetham Bradie Whetham ... Danny Bishop
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E.G. Marshall returns as the head of the law firm that he portrayed in the 1961 television series. This time his partners are his son (Beau Bridges) and his granddaughter (Martha Plimpton). In this movie, a man (John Larroquette) murdered the man who assaulted and raped his young daughter years before, and was released from prison after serving just a few years. Tried for first degree murder, the team has to come up with a defense approaching his and his families' mental state. Specifically, his daughter had to be placed in a mental ward as the result of the attack after a series of attempted suicides, his older daughter had run away from home because she could not stand the depressing atmosphere, and he simply thought of nothing but the man's death. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for language and a shooting scene | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Defenders - Die Vergeltung See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

John Larroquette said that the only reason he did this movie was to work with E.G. Marshall. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Defenders: Taking the First (1998) See more »

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Pretty Much a TV movie with a polemic subject
7 July 1999 | by rmgasparSee all my reviews

This movie is just about what TV movies are: supposed to get your attention but without breath to become solid or original entertainment. The plot is about two lawyers who defend a guy involved in a interesting and polemic (even if it's a cliche) case. The accused's daughter was raped, the raper served only 4 years and, feeling it was not enough, the father murders the raper when the later returns to live in the same neighbourhood after prison. So, is he morally guilty ? In the cast, should be mentioned that lovely and talented teen actress Rachael Leigh Cook is the girl raped. She's the best thing among other veterans.


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