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Legal Eagles

Loss of intrigue with a scattered plot involving art fraud and murder is made up for by an often witty, albeit lightweight dialog led by the ever-boyish star Robert Redford.

Loss of intrigue with a scattered plot involving art fraud and murder is made up for by an often witty, albeit lightweight dialog led by the ever-boyish star Robert Redford.

Lavish production opens with charmer Redford as one of the d.a.’s office’s winningest attorneys, Tom Logan, assigned to prosecute the daughter of a famous artist for trying to steal one of her dead father’s paintings.

He faces the opposing counsel of Laura Kelly (Debra Winger), a court-appointed defense attorney known for daffy courtroom antics to get her clients off.

It’s when the burglary charges are suddenly dropped against the unbalanced defendant Chelsea Deardon (Daryl Hannah) that he decides to go over to Winger’s side to discover why.

Winger and Redford work well as an attorney team, but in true yuppie form become more friends attracted by each others’ professional acumen than by each other’s bodies.

Legal Eagles

  • Production: Northern Lights. Director Ivan Reitman; Producer Ivan Reitman; Screenplay Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.; Camera Laszlo Kovacs; Editor Sheldon Kahn, Pem Herring, William Gordean; Music Elmer Bernstein; Art Director John DeCuir
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 114 MIN.
  • With: Robert Redford Debra Winger Daryl Hannah Brian Dennehy Terence Stamp Steven Hill