Rated: R for violence. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: September 9, 1994 Released by: Warner Brothers
A very good cast gets bogged down with a slow moving script.
Armand Assante plays Rusty Pirone, an organized crime boss on trial for murder. The D.A. (Gabriel Byrne) has a lot of circumstantial evidence that could put pirone away for a long tie unless he can persuade a jurist to vote 'not guilty."
Pirone targets juror Valerie Alston (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer), a divorced mother, by threatening the life of her young son. William Hurt plays an ex-cop who's been corrupted by booze and Pirone's cash into doing his dirty deeds. He convinces Valerie that Pirone will get to her no matter where she tries to hide and that she should save her self and her child.
Hurt is good as the seedy cop and Assante gives a realistic edge to his character. He's charismatic and scary at the same time. Only Kilmer seems out of place. She shows little real emotion for someone afraid for her and her son's life. She is too cool and controlled.
A drama about a trial with a sadistic mobster, a beautiful juror and a crooked cop - the premise is promising. Too bad it doesn't deliver the goods.
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