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Legal Eagles

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4.3 out of 5 stars (72) IMDb 5.9/10

Robert Redford, Debra Winger and Daryl Hannah star in this comedy thriller about a tough D.A., an imaginative defense attorney and a performance artist who is accused of theft and murder.

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Robert Redford, Debra Winger
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1 hour, 56 minutes

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Ivan Reitman
Starring Robert Redford, Debra Winger
Supporting actors Daryl Hannah, Brian Dennehy, Terence Stamp, Steven Hill, David Clennon, John McMartin, Jennifer Dundas, Roscoe Lee Browne, Christine Baranski, Sara Botsford, David Hart, James Hurdle, Gary Howard Klar, Christian Clemenson, Bart Burns, Bruce French, Lynn Hamilton, Paul Jabara
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Michael Rogers on July 10, 2003
Format: DVD
This is Ivan Reitman's first film after his mega hit "Ghostbusters".
Some will even recognize an exterior or two that was used in both films.
I will always remember this film because I got a pass to a preview screening for it from my art teacher. This was before preview screenings were done as much as they were now by radio stations and more. It was a bit of a special thing in my mind.
I remember enjoying it on a interplay between Redford and Winger level and thinking of it as a good but not great movie.
About a month later, the film opened to mediocre reviews and business.
After that, the movie would turn up on TV and when I caught it, I found myself seeing it thorugh to the end (only to be surprised when the TV version had an altered ending).
Anyway, Legal Eagles became that "old comfortable shoe" of a movie that when it popped up on cable (and for a while it often did)I would go "ahhhh" and keep on watching.
I would've gotten it on VHS, but I was all too aware of how the movie was cropped and zoomed and that was good enough to watch on TV but not good enough to buy. I would wait until I got a laserdisc player and get it in widescreen (laserdiscs, those things that look like big DVD's before they had DVD's)
The rest is history of course, then came DVD. When I got a DVD player, a widescreen Legal Eagles DVD was available for about [44] so there you go.
This was the first release (from Image) though, single layer non-anamorphic widescreen and no extras. The single layer made for some noticable compression artifacts when I viewed it on my newer high tech TV (especially on Daryl Hannah's face during her performance piece). Also, the audio on the disc seemed a bit weak.
But then, just a couple weeks ago, I saw the newer release for Legal Eagles.
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This movie is a classic favorite. Robert Redford and Deborah Winger are right forcthis fun, yet dramatic film. Still replacing my vast VHS collection of old favorites. This movie is a must have in my collection.
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Format: VHS Tape
There no stronger words to define this comedy. It's fine, surprising and all the actors reach the summit of the art. It's not a Grisham's novel with an unbelieved story with FBI and CIA all around. It's lawyers games but those lawyers are human with a normal life. Just look at the play of Redford in the court. If you want to see the most fantastic example of the perfect attorney, just print this scene in your memory. I don't count the number of times I view this tape.
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It doesn't stink as much as some reviewers have foisted off on this site, but don't go expecting a tight plot.

Somewhere along the way the scriptwriters seem to have gone berserk with expensive attempts to be all things to all people -- goofball romantic comedy, courtroom melodrama, high-octane thriller with flaming pyrotechnics. The overloaded plot revolves around an assistant D.A. who gets involved with a defense lawyer to solve a convoluted case that includes arson, art robbery, insurance fraud, even murder.

It's almost as if the plot was not the point. The 22-carat charisma of Robert Redford and the starry-eyed charm of Debra Winger is what keeps the film afloat with some delicious chemistry. Daryl Hannah is very effective as the spaced-out daughter, who spends most of the movie seeming sexy and/or guilty.

The whole mishmash ends up significantly less than the sum of its parts, which is sad because with only slightly better editing it stood on the brink of being an excellent film. That, it isn't.
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The daughter of a dead artist (Daryl Hannah) tries to recover a painting she says her father gave her before he died. Robert Redford takes the case and things get very dangerous very fast. Lots of action.
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I'm not a good one to write a review..Movies are so complicated anymore.. I come from the old school of when they were easy to understand. Now if you don't really pay attention it is just so much action that doesn't make sense..
I am a Robert Redford fan and generally watch any movie he is in. some are very easy to understand (an unfinished life)
and others I don't get the point
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I had to say that this movie was a good one. I tried renting it on Netflix but it was like a long wait so I decided to buy it instead. I've never seen Robert shirtless onscreen before. Without a shirt of any kind, it's like the horse has turned into a monkey. Ooh Ooh Aah Aah. This marathon is still going on surprising. Now it's like both Robert and Kevin (Kline) share screen time with Brian Dennehy.
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I have always liked this film and I was so glad when it was finally released on DVD--especially the newer version w/a few extras (blue background on the cover). Redford & Winger are a charming, combative romantic duo with real spark & heart. Some of the antics are a bit overplayed--especially in relation to Darryl Hannah's femme fatale character, Chelsea. But, it's a winning film nonetheless, thanks to Redford & Winger and the smash soundtrack "Love Touch".
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