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Jagged Edge

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 1985
  • Richard Marquand
  • 104 mins
  • 18

Summary

Thriller starring Jeff Bridges and Glenn Close. A beautiful and wealthy heiress is found brutally stabbed to death. The murder weapon: a large hunting knife with a serrated edge. The victim's husband, Jack Forrester, is accused of the killing and must rely on defence lawyer Teddy Barnes to clear his name at a harrowing public trial.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Because Basic Instinct writer Joe Eszterhas has continually reworked the same formula (hero/heroine falls for murder suspect), it's easy to forget how startling the scenario was when it was first employed in this compelling thriller from 1985. Glenn Close plays the defence attorney haunted by a case from her past when the wrong man went to jail, who falls in love with her latest client (Jeff Bridges), a charming publisher accused of brutally murdering his wealthy wife. Director Richard Marquand never misses a beat, gleefully tossing in red herrings and keeping us guessing until the end. There are expert support turns from Peter Coyote and a foul-mouthed Robert Loggia (who was Oscar nominated), and it remains an enthralling, if a tad incredible, ride.

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Credits

Cast

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Jack ForresterJeff Bridges
Teddy BarnesGlenn Close
Thomas KrasnyPeter Coyote
Sam RansomRobert Loggia
Judge CarriganJohn Dehner
Frank MartinLance Henriksen
Virginia HowellLeigh Taylor-Young
Bobby SladeMarshall Colt
Julie JensenKaren Austin
FabriziLouis Giambalvo
Dr GoldmanBen Hammer
Dan HislanMichael Dorn
Duane BendixWalter Brooke
Mrs StilesPhyllis Applegate
Page ForresterMaria Mayenzet
Greg ArnoldWilliam Allen Young
Andrew HardestyJames Karen
Scott TalbotSanford Jensen
Austin LoftonWoody Eney
Carl SiegalAl Ruscio
Ted FitzpatrickJames Winker
Richard DuffinBruce French
David BarnesBrandon Call
Jenny BarnesChristina Hutter
Matthew BarnesGuy Boyd
Dr HollowayJohn Clark (1)
Eileen AveryDiane Erickson

Crew

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DirectorRichard Marquand

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists Ltd
Released on
1986-03-14
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing and brief nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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