Legal Eagles (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Legal Eagles (1986)




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After Ghostbusters, director Ivan Reitman came out with this comedy-drama-adventure in which pyrotechnics and car chases tend to vie with the story for center stage; imagine a kind of "Indiana Jones" meets the legal world. The plot concerns a young woman, Chelsea (Daryl Hannah), who has been charged with stealing a painting from a Manhattan art dealer. Her attorney Laura Kelly (Debra Winger) dramatically interrupts a major public appearance by D.A. Tom Logan (Robert Redford) in order to convince him there is more to this case than a stolen painting. As Logan begins to look into Chelsea's background, he discovers she witnessed a fire at her opulent home when she was only eight years old. Her father was an art collector and his paintings supposedly burnt in the conflagration. But how did this painting from his collection pop up for sale at a New York art gallery?more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jack Epps, Jim Cash, Jack Epps, Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 29, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


Robert Redford
as Tom Logan
Debra Winger
as Laura Kelly
Daryl Hannah
as Chelsea Deardon
Brian Dennehy
as Cavanaugh
Terence Stamp
as Victor Taft
David Clennon
as Blanchard
John McMartin
as Forrester
Roscoe Lee Browne
as Judge Dawkins
Jennifer Dundas
as Jennifer Logan
Christine Baranski
as Carol Freeman
David Hart
as Marchek
James Hurdle
as Sebastian Deardon
Ken Kiban
as Reporter
Bruce French
as Reporter
Ken Kliban
as Reporter
Ron Foster
as Reporter
Rudy Willrich
as Reporter
Paul Jabara
as Taxi Driver
Chevi Colton
as Short Lady
Annie Abbott
as Secretary
Thomas Barbour
as Bored Judge
Mary Alison Griffin
as Young Chelsea
Robert Benedetti
as Bearded Speaker
Shannon Wilcox
as Mrs. Williams
Charles D. Brown
as Real Cavanaugh
Jay Thomas
as Waiter in Restaurant
Alex Nevil
as Messenger
Charles Brown
as Real Cavanaugh
Lou Cutell
as Kapstan
Duitch Helmer
as Lady in Gallery
John Marion
as Auctioneer
Barbara Pallenberg
as Assistant to Auction...
Liz Sheridan
as Little Old Lady
Michael Anthony
as Courtroom Spectator
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Critic Reviews for Legal Eagles

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Legal Eagles primarily comes off as a lazy and fairly pointless vanity project that squanders the talents of everyone involved.

Full Review… | May 2, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Legal Eagles

Robert Redford looks out of place in this legal thriller played for laughs that feels like a glib, vacuous 80s TV show pilot.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Clever and jokey tale of a DA and lawyer teaming up to get performance artist off a murder rap. Redford, Winger and Hannah are great performance as a team.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


It may not be sure if it's a comedy or a thriller, but it's still a decent two hours and worth a watch.

Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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