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The Defenders: Taking the First (1998)

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TV Movie | 96 min | Drama

John Walker is white supremacist. Now after hearing his speech, four boys go out and kill a young Hispanic. The Prestons are hired to defend one of them, who is the grandson of an old friend of the Prestons. They convince their client to ...See moreJohn Walker is white supremacist. Now after hearing his speech, four boys go out and kill a young Hispanic. The Prestons are hired to defend one of them, who is the grandson of an old friend of the Prestons. They convince their client to testify against the others, which he does. The Hispanic's brother, a law student, feels that getting the ones who killed his brother is not enough. He wants to file a wrongful death suit against Walker, cause he incited those four men to kill someone who wasn't white and his brother was the first one they came across. While the Prestons agree to do it, they receive harsh criticism that they are attacking the First Ammendment but nevertheless they persevere. Written by See less
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Reginald Rose (television series Defenders) | Andy Wolk | Peter Wolk
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Lauren A. Schaffer (as Lauren Schaffer)
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Oct 25, 1998 (United States)

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Beau Bridges
Don Preston Don Preston   See fewer
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Jeremy London
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Clifton Collins Jr.
Nelson Rodriguez (as Clifton González González) Nelson Rodriguez (as Clifton González González)   See fewer
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Philip Casnoff
John Walker John Walker   See fewer
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Mimi Kuzyk
Camille Preston Camille Preston   See fewer
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Camilla Scott
Liz Carter Liz Carter   See fewer
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Irene Lopez Kuchilani
Mrs. Rodriguez Mrs. Rodriguez   See fewer
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Diego Fuentes
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Marilo Nunez
Rosalie Rodriguez Rosalie Rodriguez   See fewer
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Nancy Palk
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Kris Holden-Ried
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Christopher Redman
Steven Preston Steven Preston   See fewer
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Bernard Behrens
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Donna Goodhand
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Robert Bockstael
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J. Winston Carroll
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Sugith Varughese
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Deborah Pollitt
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Bill Lake
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6.2 / 10 | 95 votes