The Trials of Cate McCall (2013)





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A disgraced lawyer uncovers a sinister police conspiracy while handling the appeal of a convicted murderess. Cate McCall (Kate Beckinsale) used to be a hot shot lawyer. These days she's lucky she's not in jail. Now, newly sober, McCall must prove a convicted killer innocent on appeal in order to get reinstated in the bar and win back custody of her daughter. Just when it starts to look like she's gathered enough evidence to make a solid case and win back her career, however, McCall uncovers shocking evidence of corruption within the police department, and realizes she is in mortal danger. Nick Nolte, James Cromwell, Clancy Brown, and Mark Pellegrino co-star.
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Kate Beckinsale
as Cate McCall
Clancy Brown
as Brinkerhoff
Taye Diggs
as Austin Moseley
Nick Nolte
as Bridges
Mark Pellegrino
as Det. Welch
Dale Dickey
as Mrs. Stubbs
James Cromwell
as Justice Sumpter
Kathy Baker
as Therapist
Isaiah Washington
as Wilson George
Deborah Van Valkenburgh
as Justice Wender
Jay Thomas
as Loncraine
Cathy Cahlin Ryan
as Ms. Timmins
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If you enjoy Jane Austen and Perry Mason then you will enjoy this , the film has the intricacies of life and the choices one must make , Kate here excels as a women with a mission

Joseph Lacerenza
Joseph Lacerenza

Although predictable and slightly repulsive at times (seems like Beckinsale's character's personal life track is forcefully added to the plot to adjust the runtime of the film), I found it otherwise worth a watch!!!

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familiar stranger

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Manipulation and Second Chance in Life. Very good Film! Movies related to lawyers and court rooms are usually engaging and "The Trials of Cate McCall" is no exception, with a good story of manipulation and second chance in life with many twists. Once again Kate Beckinsale proves that is not only gorgeous, but also a great actress with a wonderful performance. The plot and characters are well developed and the plot point surprises. In California, Cate McCall is an alcoholic lawyer that was put on probation and rehab. She had an argument with a judge that sent her to the Breathalyzer test and the bar put her on probation in a small office. Cate is also fighting to recover custody of her daughter that lives with her father that is moving to Seattle. Cate is assigned to defend Lacey Stubbs, who has appealed claiming that she had been wrongly accused of murdering another woman since there was a trial error. Further, Lacey also tells that she was raped by a guard in the prison. Cate, who has never lost a case, investigates the case with his friend Bridges and they find evidences that might prove that Lacey is innocent and her case is fabricated. But is she really not guilty?

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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