While Justice Sleeps

While Justice Sleeps

Ivan Passer (1994)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Histrionics badly hamper the plot of this highly charged drama set in a small American town. Cybill Shepherd, never the most subtle of actresses, brings more than enough anguish to her role as a widow who learns her daughter has been molested, but the audience never properly connects with her distress. However, this low-budget effort does have the right insular feel and realistically brings the Midwest to life. If only the issues it raises could have been dealt with in a more sensitive way.


A widow is initially delighted by an old family friend's interest in her eight-year-old daughter, but soon starts to suspect the child is being abused. Drama, starring Cybill Shepherd, Tim Matheson, Karis Bryant and Dion Anderson.

Cast & Crew

Jody Cybill Shepherd
Winn Tim Matheson
Sam Karis Paige Bryant
Leonard Rosenglass Kurtwood Smith
Spence Cunningham Dion Anderson
Marlene Perkins Robyn Stevan
Doc Cunningham Elan Ross Gibson
Ned Stokes Henry Beckman
Mollie-Jo Anna Ferguson
Louise Culpepper Chelsey G Marshall
Alma Munoz Valerie Pearson
Pauline Barbara Pollard
Bobby Matthew Lerigny
Portia Culpepper Crystal Verge
Sarah Berger Gabrielle Rose
Judge Miles Paul Coeur
Sheriff Staghorn Alf Humphreys
Daralyn Locke Brenda Shuttleworth
Director Ivan Passer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for language and violence. Available on: video