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In order to be reinstated to the bar and recover custody of her daughter, a hotshot lawyer, now in recovery and on probation, must take on the appeal of a woman wrongfully convicted of murder.

Starring:
Kate Beckinsale, James Cromwell
Runtime:
1 hour 33 minutes

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The Trials of Cate McCall

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Genres Drama
Director Karen Moncrieff
Starring Kate Beckinsale, James Cromwell
Supporting actors Clancy Brown, Nick Nolte, Taye Diggs, Mark Pellegrino, Isaiah Washington, David Lyons, Dale Dickey, Brendan Sexton III, Kathy Baker, Jay Thomas, Ava Kolker, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Michael Hyatt, Cathy Cahlin Ryan, Anna Anissimova, Carrie Lazar, Nicki Micheaux, Brad Greenquist
Studio Anderson Digital
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Great story, great acting and very believable.
johnwhite
It might if it was used sparingly, but when it occurs as often as it does in this film, it actually inspires disregard for the character's suffering.
Patricia Corboy
Overall, every now and then you watch a movie that sticks with you and you want everyone you know to watch it so you can discuss it with them.
Tony Heck

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Format: DVD
“Even when people say terrible things you can’t go with the evidence, you gotta go with your heart.” Cate Mccall (Beckinsale) is a lawyer…or at least she was. She has fallen on hard times and is trying to get her life back together. In order to be reinstated to the bar and get her kid back she must complete a 12 step program and work on the appeal of a woman who is in prison for murder. What starts off as an easy case becomes more and more difficult with everything she uncovers. I was looking forward to watching this because I really love courtroom dramas. That said I liked this even more than I was expecting to. This is a movie that entirely sucks you in right away and you become deeply involved in Cate’s life. You pull for her to get her daughter back and are upset when she takes a step back. The court case is also unbelievably interesting and keeps the movie that much more interesting. This is the kind of movie that gets you thinking one way and at the last minute throws you a twist that makes you look back at everything you saw and wonder if you missed something. I don’t want to give anything away but I will say that the movie is hard to predict, which is what makes it so good. If you liked …And Justice For All you will love this movie. Overall, every now and then you watch a movie that sticks with you and you want everyone you know to watch it so you can discuss it with them. This is that movie. I give this an A.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dee J. on May 10, 2014
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SO many elements make this one of the best films I've seen in a while: a great cast which includes Kate Beckinsale, James Cromwell and Nick Nolte, a more than interesting story and an unexpected surprise midway through the film.

I recommend this movie for audiences of 18 and over and especially for fans of great courtroom drama!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By NYCAMAZONCUST on May 31, 2014
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I don't know how I did not know about this film, I don't recall it being in the Movies. Its a cinematic gem. Kate Beckinsdale Nick Nolte are Superb. The movie throws a curve near the end that one does not see coming which in it self is a treat. The multi layers and dimensions Kate goes through is the extra treat. This I will be wathcing more that once, twice and quite possibly much more than two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peninsula on June 22, 2014
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An interesting story well acted. Be warned: it's not light fare. The lead struggles with alcoholism and it's painful to watch the relationship she has with her young daughter (her daughter lives with her ex-husband); there are also explicit conversations about sex. But the subject matter is done well and is appropriate to the story (it's not just thrown in for the sensational nature of it).

Did this just go straight to "video"? I thought it was going to be like a made-for-TV-movie quality, but it's not. It's well done. If you tend to like legal drama you should enjoy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on June 12, 2014
Format: DVD
Contains midpoint plot spoiler.

Cate (Kate Beckinsale) is on probation from the DAs office. She has a drinking issue which has compounded her problems as it has placed her on the ugly end of a custody case. The bad news is that Nick Nolte is the one helping to keep her sober (search Nolte 2002 DUI arrest photo). In spite of her personal issues, Cate is good in the courtroom and likes to win. She is given a pro bono case of a woman convicted of murder (Anna Anissimova) who claims she is innocent.

As Cate investigates the case she discovers layers of lies and misconduct by the police. She becomes convinced of her innocence and works to get her released in a courtroom case that goes like a hot knife through butter. In fact it was too easy as my John Katzenbach flashbacks materialized before my eyes. Ho-hum. I felt like I had been there and done that before.

The film was done fairly well for a 90 minute production. There were things that weren't explained. Was the car crash an attempt on her life or a co-incidence? In many ways the film felt incomplete. Her personal demons seemed glossed over and exactly how did her relationship fall so fast with her daughter, or did she ever have one?

In many ways it reminded me of a Lifetime film. 3 1/2 stars

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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Kate Beckinsale is one of those modern day actresses who – despite being in a series of major motion pictures – really has never quite ‘broken through’ the way some of her contemporaries have. In fairness, that could be because some of those films have been structured as more tent-pole summer fare, and they just didn’t perform the way producers and studio heads figured they would. As a consequence, maybe she’s an honest A-List actress who’s still searching for some solid A-List material. As much as I enjoyed what she brought to the table with something as noble as THE TRIALS OF CATE MCCALL, I still don’t think it’s what anyone would imagine is ‘break out’ material. That’s not because of Kate, mind you: methinks it’s because writer/director Karen Moncrieff never really marshaled her creative forces to deliver something that didn’t feel like a Lifetime Network ‘Movie of the Week.’

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)

Cate McCall (played by the lovely Kate Beckinsale) is at a curious crossroads in her life. Her legal career has fallen apart as some of her personal behavior – alcoholism – finally impaired her judgment to the point of her suspension from the Bar. Her married life has followed suit, leaving her with an estranged husband Josh (David Lyons) and a young daughter Augie (Ava Kolker) who hardly knows her. Her last, best friend is her mentor and sponsor, Bridges (a grizzled Nick Nolte).
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