Trial by Jury (1994)

Genres - Mystery, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Courtroom Drama, Crime Thriller  |   Release Date - Sep 9, 1994 (USA)  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - Canada, United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Michael Betzold

Joanne Whalley-Kilmer stars as a woman corrupted by the criminal justice system in this courtroom suspense thriller. She plays a civil servant named Valerie Alston, a single mother living in New York City, who gets placed on a jury trying the case of mob boss Rusty Pirone (Armand Assante). A former homicide detective gone bad, Tommy Vesey (William Hurt), is now working for Pirone. He kidnaps Valerie and threatens her and her son with more harm if she votes to convict Pirone. At the trial, District Attorney Daniel Graham (Gabriel Byrne) proves himself to be willing and able to stoop to unethical means to convict Pirone. In the jury room, Valerie skillfully exploits factions among the jurors in order to win an acquittal. Now cynical and corrupt herself, Valerie seduces mob boss Pirone to extract her own rewards for her service.



coercion, jury, rescue, blackmail, corruption, courtroom, damsel-in-distress, kidnapping, killing, love, protection, victim, witness, Witness-Protection-Program