Class Action

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Gene Hackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Laurence Fishburne; Director: Michael Apted; Runtime (in minutes): 110; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

In Class Action, in a suit against a major auto company, a famous crusading civil rights lawyer (Gene Hackman) goes up against his estranged daughter (Robin Hood’s Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), an ambitious, smart, insecure associate at a big corporate law firm. Emotionally, this is twisty and painful stuff, at times a touch tearful, and veneered with a too-slick Hollywood gloss. As usual, though, Hackman is reliable, committed, and self-effacingly effective, and there are much worse ways to spend time than gazing at Mastrantonio. With a generally intelligent, funny script and an attention-gripping story, Class Action is the video equivalent of a good read. B

Originally posted October 25 1991 — 12:00 AM EDT

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