Shadow Of Doubt

  • 1998
  • Movie
  • R
  • Mystery, Thriller

Although the killer's identity is fairly easy to figure out, this standard-issue courtroom melodrama is as watchable as an above-average episode of TV's Perry Mason by virtue of its flashy supporting performances and satisfying plot-twists. Having unwittingly won an acquittal for guilty rapist Laird Atkins (Craig Sheffer), attorney Kitt Devereux (Melanie...read more

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Although the killer's identity is fairly easy to figure out, this standard-issue courtroom melodrama is as watchable as an above-average episode of TV's Perry Mason by virtue of its flashy supporting performances and satisfying plot-twists. Having unwittingly won an acquittal for guilty rapist Laird Atkins (Craig Sheffer), attorney Kitt Devereux (Melanie Griffin) is reluctant to defend Latin rapper Bobby Medina (Wade Dominguez), who's accused of the sex slaying of Janet Calloway, the troubled daughter of philanthropist Norman Calloway (James Karen). Kitt immediately locks horns with Assistant District Atoorney Jack Campioni (Tom Berenger), her ex-husband and occasional adversary. Though powerful interests are conspiring to frame Bobby, Janet's roommate, Brigid (Kimberly Kates), tells Kitt that Janet was still alive when Bobby left their house. With the help of surveillance expert Al Gordon (Huey Lewis), Kitt uncovers a concealed camera that photographed Janet's affair with Senator Paul Saxon (James Morrison), a presidential hopeful and close friend of both Norman and Jack. As Kitt tries to establish Senator Saxon's motive for murder, his unscrupulous mother (Nina Foch) hires Atkins to menace Kitt and murder Brigid, whose slaying resembles Janet's. Now Bobby looks like a double murderer, and Kitt must win a race against time to save her client. What distinguishes this legal thriller from the crowded field is the way Kitt's "foolproof" defense strategy falls apart; her cocky client sabotages his chances by mouthing off to the media. Bolstered by classy acting (with an especially gratifying turn by veteran Nina Foch), the film doesn't push its genre's boundaries, but delivers adroit entertainment.

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Although the killer's identity is fairly easy to figure out, this standard-issue courtroom melodrama is as watchable as an above-average episode of TV's Perry Mason by virtue of its flashy supporting performances and satisfying plot-twists. Having unwittin… (more)

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