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The Defenders: Payback (1997)

R
TV Movie | 96 min | Crime, Drama

E.G. Marshall returns as the head of the law firm that he portrayed in the 1961 television series. This time his partners are his son (Beau Bridges) and his granddaughter (Martha Plimpton). In this movie, a man (John Larroquette) murdered ...See moreE.G. Marshall returns as the head of the law firm that he portrayed in the 1961 television series. This time his partners are his son (Beau Bridges) and his granddaughter (Martha Plimpton). In this movie, a man (John Larroquette) murdered the man who assaulted and raped his young daughter years before, and was released from prison after serving just a few years. Tried for first degree murder, the team has to come up with a defense approaching his and his families' mental state. Specifically, his daughter had to be placed in a mental ward as the result of the attack after a series of attempted suicides, his older daughter had run away from home because she could not stand the depressing atmosphere, and he simply thought of nothing but the man's death. Written by John Sacksteder See less
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Director
Andy Wolk (directed by)
Composer
Mark Isham (music by)
Cinematographer
Editor
Lauren A. Schaffer (edited by) (as Lauren Schaffer)
Production Designer
Anthony Cowley (production designed by)
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Updated Oct 12, 1997

Release date
Oct 12, 1997 (United States)

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34 cast members
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Beau Bridges
Don Preston Don Preston   See fewer
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E.G. Marshall
Lawrence Preston Lawrence Preston   See fewer
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Martha Plimpton
M.J. Preston M.J. Preston   See fewer
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Roma Maffia
Julie Bishop Julie Bishop   See fewer
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Mark Blum
Jackson Jackson   See fewer
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Rachael Leigh Cook
Tracey Lane Tracey Lane   See fewer
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Clea DuVall
Jessica Lane Jessica Lane   See fewer
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Yaphet Kotto
Judge Williams Judge Williams   See fewer
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Sean McCann
John Broderick John Broderick   See fewer
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John Larroquette
Michael Lane Michael Lane   See fewer
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Mimi Kuzyk
Camille Preston Camille Preston   See fewer
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Christopher Redman
Steven Preston Steven Preston   See fewer
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Chloe Brown
Kelly Preston Kelly Preston   See fewer
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Nicholas Kilbertus
Jack Bishop Jack Bishop   See fewer
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Bradie Whetham
Danny Bishop Danny Bishop   See fewer
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Joe Pingue
Mitchell Mitchell   See fewer
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Tyler Kyte
Hockey Kid Hockey Kid   See fewer
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David Blacker
Construction Worker Construction Worker   See fewer
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Jack Duffy
Mr. Sanders Mr. Sanders   See fewer
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Alan Mozes
Schuman Schuman   See fewer
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Shawn Lawrence
Judge Bach Judge Bach   See fewer
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Corinne Conley
Judge Turner Judge Turner   See fewer
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Tony De Santis
Mr. Kuhlman (as Tony Desantis) Mr. Kuhlman (as Tony Desantis)   See fewer
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Karen Robinson
Mrs. Clarkson Mrs. Clarkson   See fewer
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Kyra Harper
Ms. Reynolds Ms. Reynolds   See fewer
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Daniel Kash
Frankie Mirano Frankie Mirano   See fewer
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Kim Roberts
Psych Receptionist Psych Receptionist   See fewer
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Tony Nappo
Officer Perez Officer Perez   See fewer
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Robert McClure
Bridge Man Bridge Man   See fewer
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Bob Zidel
Court Clerk Court Clerk   See fewer
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Emily Fleming
8-Year-Old Jessie 8-Year-Old Jessie   See fewer
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Ann Turnbull
Actress Actress   See fewer
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Actor (as Bobby O'neill) Actor (as Bobby O'neill)   See fewer
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5.9 / 10 | 148 votes