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The Trial (2010)

 PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042DN4XG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,242 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Trial follows small-town attorney Kent “Mac” McClain (Matthew Modine; Full Metal Jacket, Any Given Sunday), who is left devastated and purposeless by the horrific death of his wife and two sons in a tragic accident. Just before concluding suicide to be his only option from his sorrow, McClain agrees to take on one final case. Defending accused murderer Peter Thomason (Randy Wayne; To Save a Life) against capital punishment, McClain begins the trial that transforms his life and the lives of those around him forever.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for Action Junkies November 20, 2010
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This is somewhat like a Life Time movie, but better. It's about a man who is a lawyer asked to take on a case by an old Judge who wants to make sure the defendant is defended without a hitch. The state's attorney is pretty ruthless in a bland sort of way when prosecuting the case. It's a mystery where inner turmoil is explored, sometimes with great anguish. If you are looking for a thrill a minute, this ain't it. This is a slow building mystery suspense that makes the viewer actually think about what is going on. Particularly great for a rainy/snowy Saturday/Sunday afternoon.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Fine Courtroom Drama November 23, 2010
THE TRIAL, adapted from Robert Whitlow's novel of the same name by director Gary Wheeler and Mark Freiburger, is in many ways a reminder of what movies used to be - movies that centered on trials of innocent victims or trials that, like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, surfaced other issues to ponder. This film is a quiet little intimate tale about the justice system in all its elegance and flaws, but it is more: there are human stories that interweave giving the film an aura of caring that is so rare in today's CGI-oriented Hollywood.

The film is set in the beauty of Georgia countryside, complete with mists and fields and rivers where we first see attorney Mac MacClain (Matthew Modine), pensive after the accidental death of his wife and two children nine years ago. His practice has fallen, his mental sate has fallen below the flatline state, and he is contemplating suicide when a telephone call from the wise old town judge (Rance Howard) summons him to take on a case of the murder of one Angela Hightower, the young and beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the little town, the corrupt Hightower family being part of Mac's sad past encounters. The accused is Angela's boyfriend Pete Thomason (an impressive Randy Wayne) who is now in jail claiming he had total amnesia for the event. Mac feels a sense of responsibility to the boy and agrees to take on the case, hiring back his assistant Mindy (Nikki Deloach) and his investigator Ray (Robert Forster). As they uncover facts Mac seeks advice from psychologist Dr. Anna Wilkes (Clare Carey) who in addition to testing Pete finds time to share her Grieving Group Sessions with Mac.

The evidence is gathered and the trial begins after a plea bargain is denied by Pete.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film October 20, 2010
I saw this film at the theater in Davidson, NC. It really is a great film.

Matthew Modine does a wonderful job as always but it is the supporting cast that sets this movie a part. Bob Gunton does a great job as the prosecutor; Robert Forster (love him in Jackie Brown!!!!) is fantastic as the PI and a great string of witnesses steal the show (truck driver is the best of the best).

The film looks beautiful too. Nice mystery and wonderful to see a clean movie with a great message.

"Grief is like a river...."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An open mind, please. December 25, 2010
Format:Amazon Instant Video
A lot of reviews are giving this movie a bad rap. I don't know what they were watching, but it doesn't sound like the same movie my wife and I watched. It wasn't Oscar material or movie of the year, but it wasn't meant to be. It was made to make you think, and for us it worked just fine.

Have you ever been "set up" and framed? Have you ever taken the rap for someone else? Felt like your life was hanging on the edge, and you didn't know why? The defendant in this movie did. You always had the feeling like he was innocent from the begining, but you had your doubts, and when the climax came into play you knew why.

Come into this movie with an open mind. Don't let other peoples negativity cloud your own judgement. Think about how you would feel if people were making accusations about you, and then watch the film with an open mind. Hopefully you will be as pleasantly surprised as both of us were.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Flower
This movie was great from the beginning all the way to the end for my family and I. We enjoyed every character and every twist and turn. I thought that every character played their roles well. I did not find the movie a bore as some of the reviews have stated.

What I did find interesting is that, when a movie is God centered or faith centered it is a bore, bad acting, waste of time etc.. It is very strange how when a faith based movie is made, no one wants to support the movie or give the movie great reviews.

I said this to say that it is a shame that this movie did not receive the exposure it should have. This was a great movie as my family and I just finished watching the movie and I could not wait to write a review about the movie in support of this movie and hopefully many more faith based movies to come.

If you are thinking of viewing this movie, you will not be disappointed. We viewed this movie with clear minds. We left the movie touched and filled with the message that this movie sends.. If you want a clean, faith based, mystery then this movie is for you. It is based on a book by a great author who writes great books..

The movie was professional quality, touching, clean, great family entertainment and an ending that will knock you off of your feet and leaving you wondering who can you trust.

View this movie for yourself and then make your own judgement as to if it is a good movie are not. But before you state your response, ask yourself what do you value, did this movie feed your spirit man? Did you get the message of this movie.

Christians can have clean fun and make decent movies without all of the guns, violence, and drugs etc. Remember what you put in your gates, eye, ears, etc is what will come out. Give your soul some food for thought with this clean christian movie.

Feed your spirit man.. and not your flesh.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie even though it did not do very well ...
Great movie even though it did not do very well financially. It was filmed in Monroe, NC, my father's home town.
Published 2 months ago by Willie
3.0 out of 5 stars matthew modine is enjoyable to watch
he has one of those pleasant faces that exudes good. not the best movie ever made, but certainly worth the price. one i could share with even my youngest grandchild... (age 11)
Published 7 months ago by tmd54
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are struggling with grief, this movie is for you.
I liked everything about this movie. The actors were great, the message was deep and godly. If you are struggling with grief, this movie is for you.
Published 7 months ago by Beloved
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Treat
I like good courtroom drama and this was well done. I also like that there was no foul language or immodesty. This is a real treat in these days.
Published 11 months ago by Janice Welford
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the inspiring message!
Great story told in a simple way. Look beyond the lack of box office punch and discover the heart within. True and sincere performances where the story is the star. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Herbert Katchay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is a really really good movie. Anybody who watches it won't be disappointed. And I got it at a great price.
Published 13 months ago by Sheryl Cantrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, spellbinding
I'm unsure of why all the hurrendous criticism. Not all of us can be lawyers and know the protocol to the tee, but this movie was compelling, containing unusual twists, and best of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by hadassah well
5.0 out of 5 stars very good movie
I caught part of this movie by accident, thumbing through the channels one day. Right when I got into it, I had to leave for work!! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Suzanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-Crafted Crime Drama
I actively look for faith/spirituality films to add to my DVD collection. Recently I bought The Trial, which I think is a good crime story dramatized by good actors. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alice F. Skeens
5.0 out of 5 stars Living it now
There are men in prison and maybe women too. Who should not be there for the amount of time sentenced too. I will never vote on a change in our laws regarding inmates. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ann
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