Stars: Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Peter Coyote, Robert Loggia, Maria Mayenzet
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Rating: R (Restricted)
Runtime: 108 minutes
Before screenwriter Joe Eszterhas wrote the ridiculous Showgirls, he crafted some entertaining if porous thrillers along the lines of the 1985 Jagged Edge, a taut mystery about an attorney (Glenn Close) who defends a newspaper publisher (Jeff Bridges) accused of murder. The fact that Close's character falls for him is more convenient than plausible, but it is a necessary emotional bridge for Eszterhas and the late director Richard Marquand (Eye of the Needle) to build toward a powerful finale. Scary, fun as courtroom dramas go, the film is well serviced by the two lead stars and has impressive support from costar Peter Coyote and especially from Robert Loggia, who plays Close's cop buddy. --Tom Keogh
He told you, didn't he? *He* told you! What did he do? Did he phone you? Send you anonymous notes?
You'll stop at nothing, won't you? Anyone could've sent those notes; everyone knew - the police in Santa Cruz knew, people in your office knew!
*Bullshit!* Don't you understand what he did? He did the *identical crime* eighteen months before he murdered his wife! He knew it would get him off the hook! He knew Bobby Slade was seeing his wife! That's why he did the first crime in Santa Cruz! He threw us Bobby Slade as a suspect! He picked that woman very carefully! He knew she played tennis with Slade! He planned this for *eighteen months!* He is *not* a psychopath! He is a *iceman.* He is a *monster.*