The Defenders: Taking The First

1998, Movie, R, 96 mins

It may not be as succinctly written nor as dynamically directed as the '60s TV series that inspired it, but this contemporary courtroom drama is a provocative think piece and a fitting tribute to the series' late star, E.G. Marshall. Liberal legal eagles Don Preston (Beau Bridges) and his niece M.J. (Martha Plimpton) tackle a controversial case involving Bayo Rodriguez (Diego Fuentes), a Hispanic college youth who was beaten to death for decrying racism at a rally. After defending Wyman James (Jeremy London), the least culpable of Bayo's attackers, the Prestons explore the impetus behind the vicious attack. With the cooperation of Bayo's family, including brother N...
Released: 1998 Rated: R Length: 96 mins

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