Movies: With Book Tie-Ins
Claire Chapman (Ashley Judd), a hot-shot lawyer, thought she knew her husband until he was charged with murder on the 82nd degree. Now Claire is about to take on the biggest challenge of her life, defending the man she thought she knew the most, in a military court. She soon seeks the help of an ex-Judge Advocate attorney (Morgan Freeman).
Starring: Ashley Judd, Release Date: April 5, 2002
Morgan Freeman, Jim Caviezel,
Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, DVD/Video Release Date:
Bruce Davison August 27, 2002
Director: Carl Franklin MPAA Rating: PG-13 -- for violence,
sexual content and language
Screenwriters: Cary Bickley,
Yuri Zeltser Genre: Crime, Thriller
Production Companies: New Running Time: 105 minutes
Regency Pictures, Manifest Film
Company, Monarch Pictures Country: United of States America
By: Joseph Finder
Both the book and the movie are excellent court room drama thrillers. Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman both put on excellent performance. Although the book and the movie combined two slightly different plots, in the book Claire has a daughter and in the movie Claire is trying to get pregnant. In the book Claire has already been married once, and has one daughter, in the movie it's Claire's first marriage. In the movie Tom Chapman is a Marine charged with murder, but in the book he was in the Army and they charged him with murder. The book and the movie do have their differences, but they both put on an excellent court room drama display, visually and written.
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