The first thing that I realized after watching "Marie: A True Story" is that without Fred Thompson, there probably would be no movie.

And, as much as the Republicans detest trial lawyers, it is that very profession that casts Thompson as the hero.

The 1985 film, out of print and available only on VHS, is dated. Were it not for the involvement of Sissy Spacek and director Roger Donaldson, it easily could have been a TV movie — one of the many women in jep pics that were popular at the time.

But the narrative clearly casts Thompson, playing himself in his southern fried best, as the trial lawyer

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