Jagged Edge (1985)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Jagged Edge Videos

Jagged Edge Photos

Movie Info

When his wife is brutally murdered, San Francisco newspaper mogul Jeff Bridges is the prime suspect. High-priced defense lawyer Glenn Close takes the case, falling in love with Bridges in the process. Totally convinced of his innocence, Close earns Bridges an acquittal by producing surprise character witness Leigh Taylor-Young. Unfortunately, Close has allowed her heart to rule her head under the worst possible circumstances, as the film's slasher-movie finale proves. Though it starts with style and assurance, The Jagged Edge quickly descends into a mass of inconsistencies, cavernous plot holes, and neanderthal behavior on the part of the "smartest" characters. Only Robert Loggia, as a no-nonsense private eye, emerges from this melange without egg on his face.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
Columbia Pictures

Watch it now


Mike Mitchell
as Bailiff
Glenn Close
as Teddy Barnes
Jeff Bridges
as Jack Forrester
Lance Henriksen
as Frank Martin
Peter Coyote
as Thomas Krasny
Robert Loggia
as Sam Ransom
James Karen
as Andrew Hardesty
John Furlong
as Butler
Guy Boyd
as Matthew Barnes
William Allen Young
as Greg Arnold
Leigh Taylor-Young
as Virginia Howell
John Clark
as Dr. Holloway
Bruce French
as Richard Duffin
Brandon Call
as David Barnes
John Dehner
as Judge Carrigan
Al Ruscio
as Carl Siegal
Maria Mayenzet
as Page Forrester
Biff Yeager
as Reporter
Karen Austin
as Julie Jensen
David Austin
as Policeman
Walter Brooke
as Duane Bendix
Ben Hammer
as Dr. Goldman
Bill Gratton
as Jury Foreman
Marshall Colt
as Bobby Slade
Richard Marion
as Reporter
Abigail Van Alyn
as Reporter
Ann Walker
as Mrs. Barnes' Secretary
David Wiley
as Court Clerk
Edwina Moore
as Reporter
Sue Rihr
as Reporter
Richard Partlow
as Policeman
Woody Eney
as Austin Lofton
Terry Wills
as Reporter
Sanford Jensen
as Scott Talbot
Brenda Huggins
as Reporter
John X. Heart
as Reporter
Dean Webber
as Newscaster
Phyllis Applegate
as Mrs. Stiles
Diane Erickson
as Eileen Avery
Suzanne Lodge
as Reporter
Jay Crimp
as Mrs. Barnes's Assistant
Sharon Hanian
as Assistant District Attorney
Christina Hutter
as Jenny Barnes
Sharon Madden
as City Editor
Joyce Shank
as TV Interviewer
Judith Siegfried
as Reporter
Sally Train
as Reporter
James Winker
as Ted Fitzpatrick
Karen Wonnell
as Stablehand
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Jagged Edge

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

The biggest fault of Jagged Edge is that whatever suspense it manages to generate in its climactic scenes is achieved artificially, through tricky editing and manipulative ''danger'' music.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A well-crafted, hardboiled mystery.

Full Review… | February 11, 2008
Top Critic

The wholesome cast completely obliterates the unstated perversities that have been this genre's reason for being.

Full Review… | February 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

These days it is almost unheard of for a movie to keep you guessing until the last frame, but this one does, partly because Marquand plays it so beautifully straight.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The screenplay, by Joe Eszterhas, does what it can to throw up a smokescreen, but the audience will probably be well ahead of the story's final resolution.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Like many entries into the genre, Jagged Edge works best when it's watched with a minimum of analysis.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Jagged Edge


A suspenseful thriller/drama, Jagged Edge didn't blow me away but it kept me guessing until the end and it's worth watching if you enjoy murder mysteries.

Joey Shapiro
Joey Shapiro

Super Reviewer


A great, tense and violent thriller as a laywer defends a man accused of killing his wife.....and starts to fall for him herself.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer


The whole selling point of this film at the time was it's "shock" ending. Which is so unbelievably predictable, a 2 year old could guess it. A waste of time.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Jagged Edge Quotes

Discussion Forum

Discuss Jagged Edge on our Movie forum!

News & Features