The Trial (2010)





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Aging, small town attorney Mac McClain (Matthew Modine) contends with the tragic death of his wife and two sons while defending a young man accused of murdering the daughter of an influential local. Bob Gunton and Robert Forster co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG-13 (for some thematic material and a disturbing image.)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Matthew Modine
as Kent "Mac" McClain
Bob Gunton
as Joe Whetstone
Robert Forster
as Ray Morrison
Rance Howard
as Judge Danielson
Randy Wayne
as Pete Thomason
Clare Carey
as Dr. Anna Wilkes
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Critic Reviews for The Trial

All Critics (1)

There's nary a big surprise, but I defy anyone who sees this film to leave without a warm feeling.

September 10, 2010
Charlotte Observer

Audience Reviews for The Trial


A good mystery with a few loose ends. Religious undertone appropriate for the characters was not obnoxious. Good acting.

Dwayne Roberts
Dwayne Roberts

Ok made for tv style movie. I wish that Matthew Modine's career had gone better than this. Seems to me that when they "find" God, they find no memorable acting parts to go along with it. Such a shame..

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


YOU SHOULD BUY THIS MOVIE! But only because they filmed it in Charlotte, NC and we need support for the local film scene. It's honestly not any better than an average Matlock or Perry Mason TV episode. It's a feel good 'Hallmark'-style courtroom drama with some charming moments. Honestly, after ready the screenplay first, I'm pretty disappointed about the decision of the director to simplify a lot of the fight/chase scenes. It just wasn't that special of a movie without them. I listened to the director's commentary afterward and it seemed like if the actors wanted to change the action in some seens and he let them do what they wanted to do. You need to control it better if you're the director. IMO. This could have been a lot better AND a lot worse.

Jonathan Grubbs
Jonathan Grubbs

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