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Jagged Edge (Widescreen/Full Screen)
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Before screenwriter Joe Eszterhas wrote the ridiculous Showgirls, he crafted some entertaining if porous thrillers along the lines of the 1985 Jagged Edge, a taut mystery about an attorney (Glenn Close) who defends a newspaper publisher (Jeff Bridges) accused of murder. The fact that Close's character falls for him is more convenient than plausible, but it is a necessary emotional bridge for Eszterhas and the late director Richard Marquand (Eye of the Needle) to build toward a powerful finale. Scary, fun as courtroom dramas go, the film is well serviced by the two lead stars and has impressive support from costar Peter Coyote and especially from Robert Loggia, who plays Close's cop buddy. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There is no difference between this and a million other courtroom dramas. You have the smart, fiesty female lawyer who swears to everyone she won't fall for the charms of the handsome rich defendent but, of course she falls for his charms and into his bed. From that point Teddy Barnes lost all credibility of claiming she's a smart lawyer. The plot doesn't stay true to the characters. Teddy's a smart woman yet she plays the dumb victim at every turn. She misses signs anyone in their first year of law school should spot. Jack is painted as suave and brilliant yet he leaves the typewriter ( the item that brings it all together ) in his closet for Teddy to find. Jagged Edge has a lot of supposedly smart folks doing dumb things and it makes no sense. The film started out as an intelligent thriller but switched to a cheap serial killer flick with a tacky and very stupid ending.
On the flipside, this is a very good movie IF you watch it for entertainment only. If you watch it for knowledge or to see a good thriller you are wasting your time. The plot can be figured out by a five year-old in ten minutes and this film is NOTHING unique. Close's and Bridges' chemistry keeps you interested no matter how shabby the film ends up. But the true winners are Robert Loggia and Peter Coyote who steal the show easily with their vibrant, exciting performances.Read more ›
When a San Francisco socialite is brutally attacked and murdered, her publisher-husband, Jack Forrester (Jeff Bridges), is accused of the crime. Teddy Barnes (Glenn Close) decides to defend the charming, manipulative Jack, only to disregard legal ethics by having a torrid affair with him. With the help of private eye Sam Ransom (Robert Loggia), she takes on ruthless D.A. Thomas Krasney (Peter Coyote) who's using the case as a political stepping-stone and will do anything it takes to win a conviction.
Rather infamous screenwriter Joe Eszterhas certainly knows the highs and lows of a lopsided career. He has gone from writing gems like Basic Insinct, to the mediocre at best...Sliver, to total trash that is Showgirls. I would put this particular story somewhere between Basic Instict (not as good) and Showgirls (not as bad) The way that Jack and Teddy get together seems a bit forced in my opinion. The ambiguity of Forrester's guilt or innocence throughout isn't as effective here and is foreshadowed too early for my tastes. Close gives a strong performance as Teddy, a woman torn between her judicial duties, and her attraction for her client. The forbidden affair component probably prepared her for her turn later on in Fatal Attraction. For his part, Bridges is Ok, but doesn't have the needed range to handle the duality of his character on a consistant level throughout the movie...The late Richard Marquand proves that you can direct a mega sci-fi epic, like Return Of The Jedi, and then take on a thriller like this. Clearly, he was going for a film that oozes the Hitchcock style, as a homage and not a mere rip off.Read more ›
Bridges and Close become involved-which is of course highly unethical-during the pretrial research phase. Most of the movie then takes place in court as the mighty Close battles for her client despite a number of twists and turns. The ending and the ultimate twist to that ending come as no huge surprise. However, it is fun watching them get to that point. Plus, you get lots of beautiful San Francisco and Bay ARea scenery.
I would recommend this movie to those who enjoy courtroom dramas, Glenn Close and Jeff Bridges films of the 80's (the film is not overly dated but clearly of that era), and mysteries. There are certainly better examples of the courtroom and mystery genres in film-but this one is still enjoyable and worth watching.
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I come back to this film quite a bit - it's a great way to pass a quiet afternoon or a sick day from work. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by kevnm
I just knew he was going to come thru that back door. I knew it, I knew it, I knew it. But I still screamed when he finally did. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2004 by Peggy Vincent
This movie is pure Eszterhas, a combination of salacious sex and violence without being overly gory. Read morePublished on April 30 2002 by JulieS
A ponderous murder mystery-thriller that plays better than it normally would thanks to solid star turns by an impeccable cast. Read morePublished on June 17 2000 by J. Michael Click
This movie had a great cast, and I go for the genre in a big way, but it disappointed me. Perhaps if I had expected less from the cast I would have liked it more. Read morePublished on May 12 2000 by hardly_b
This move stars Jeff Bridges and Glenn Close.In the movie,Bridges is accused of a murder.I wont into details. Read morePublished on March 31 2000 by Aaron Amos
Forget Showgirls and Sliver, and Flashdance, and Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge gave Big Joe his bones, his legitimacy. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2000 by Eat The Rich Books