Objection your honour. The defence counsel is presenting herself as a harassed, hard-working public defender and she looks suspiciously like the glamorous film star Cher. Objection sustained.
Credibility is the first casualty in this Washington-set conspiracy romp, in which the murder of a Justice Department clerk and the suicide of a judge lead to revelations of corruption in high places.
It all tastes like Watergate warmed-over and Peter Yates’ direction amplifies rather than moderates the creakings of the plot.
But Cher and Dennis Quaid do their best, and their best is quite a lot: she as the ersatz Ms Perry Mason, he as a truant juror helping out with the sleuthing.
Carl Wayne Anderson
Judge Matthew Bishop Helms
E Katherine Kerr