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Steve Martini's 'Undue Influence' (1996)





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Just in case the title didn't spill the beans, this made-for-TV nail-biter was based on a novel by Steve Martini. In the midst of a bitter child-custody battle with her former husband, Jack (Richard Masur), Laurel Vega (Patricia Richardson) is accused of murdering Jack's new, pregnant wife, Melanie (Allison Mackie). Although he knows Laurel is innocent, Jack lies to the police, using his clout as a senator to rid himself of Laurel once and for all. She, in turn, could clear herself in a minute by revealing the name of the real murderer -- but she can't without ruining the life of her 16-year-old son, Danny (Eric Michael Cole). Caught in the middle of this intrigue is Paul Madriani (Brian Dennehy), Laurel's defense attorney -- and, incidentally, her brother-in-law. With more twists and turns than a mountain trail, the two-part, four-hour Steve Martini's Undue Influence pleased the crowd when it first aired over CBS on September 15, and 17, 1996.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
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Written By: Philip Rosenberg
On DVD: Sep 13, 2005
Platinum Disc LLC


Brian Dennehy
as Paul Madriani
Jean Smart
as Dana Colby
Richard Masur
as Jack Vega
Alan Rosenberg
as Harry Hinds
Rosemary Dunsmore
as Carla Morgan
Brenda Bazinet
as Nicole Madriani
Jayne Eastwood
as Mrs. Miller
Kari Matchett
as Marcie Reed
Victor Ertmanis
as Colin Demming
James Purcell
as Det. Jimmy Lama
Donna Goodhand
as Kathy Merlow
Peter Krantz
as Fred Travis
Michael Ricupero
as George Merlow
Anthony Sherwood
as Charles Franklin
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