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Trial by Jury


Time Out says

This New York courtroom drama crowds its narrative to such a degree that the small matter of characterisation doesn't really stand a chance. Valerie Aston (Whalley-Kilmer) is a single mother and proprietor of an antique clothes shop who finds herself under heavy pressure from mob boss Rusty Pirone (Assante) to stick with a 'not guilty' verdict when the said low-life faces a major murder trial. Prosecutor Graham (Byrne) is hoping to nail his man but unaware of the blackmail going on behind the scenes, while ex-cop Tommy Vesey (Hurt) is the mob gofer trying to ease the young woman into the shakedown, and falling in love in the process. Writer/director Gould never quite finds a way of grounding these people's dilemmas in convincing emotions. Not terrible, just ordinary.

Release Details

  • Duration:107 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Heywood Gould
  • Screenwriter:Jordan Katz, Heywood Gould
  • Cast:
    • Joanne Whalley-Kilmer
    • Armand Assante
    • Gabriel Byrne
    • William Hurt
    • Kathleen Quinlan
    • Ed Lauter
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