6.1/10
96
4 user 1 critic

The Defenders: Taking the First (1998)

John Walker is white supremacist. Now after hearing his speech, four boys go out and kill a young Hispanic. The Prestons are hired to defend one of them, who is the grandson of an old ... See full summary »

Director:

Andy Wolk

Writers:

Reginald Rose (television series Defenders), Andy Wolk | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Series of new films on Showtime based on the old television series finds the lawyers having to defend a journalist charged in a wrongful death. However, because of a bureaucratic screw-up, ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Wolk
Stars: Beau Bridges, E.G. Marshall, Martha Plimpton
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This is the story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto. She wrote a screenplay for a film that she wanted Andy Warhol to produce. After many times of ignoring her, Valerie shot him.

Director: Mary Harron
Stars: Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Martha Plimpton
The Defenders: Payback (TV Movie 1997)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

E.G. Marshall returns as the head of the law firm that he portrayed in the 1961 television series. This time his partners are his son (Beau Bridges) and his granddaughter (Martha Plimpton).... See full summary »

Director: Andy Wolk
Stars: Beau Bridges, E.G. Marshall, Martha Plimpton
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Music From Another Room is a romantic comedy that follows the exploits of Danny, a young man who grew up believing he was destined to marry the girl he helped deliver as a five year old boy... See full summary »

Director: Charlie Peters
Stars: Jude Law, Jennifer Tilly, Gretchen Mol
Samantha (1991)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Samantha is a normal woman leading a normal life... until she finds out her parents aren't really her parents. She and her friends go on a search for her biological mom & dad.

Director: Stephen La Rocque
Stars: Martha Plimpton, Dermot Mulroney, Hector Elizondo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A ballet dancer is affected with cancer.

Director: Carl Schenkel
Stars: Jami Gertz, Martha Plimpton, George Peppard
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A British art expert travels across America in order to purchase a rare Renoir painting in the South but comes across some crazy characters in the process.

Director: Pat O'Connor
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Harry Dean Stanton, Kent Broadhurst
Another Woman (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Facing a mid-life crisis, a woman rents an apartment next to a psychiatrist's office to write a new book, only to become drawn to the plight of a pregnant woman seeking that doctor's help.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Gena Rowlands, Mia Farrow, Ian Holm
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A collection of twentysomethings try to cope with relationships, loneliness, desire and their individual neuroses.

Director: Risa Bramon Garcia
Stars: Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Dave Chappelle
Crime | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: River Phoenix, Christine Lahti, Judd Hirsch
The Defenders (2017)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Set a few months after the events of the second season of Daredevil, and a month after the events of Iron Fist, the vigilantes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up in New York City to fight a common enemy: The Hand.

Stars: Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... Don Preston
Martha Plimpton ... M.J. Preston
Jeremy London ... Wyman James
Jordan Bridges
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Nelson Rodriguez (as Clifton González González)
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins
Philip Casnoff ... John Walker
Mimi Kuzyk ... Camille Preston
Camilla Scott Camilla Scott ... Liz Carter
Diego Fuentes Diego Fuentes ... Bayo Rodriguez
Marilo Nunez Marilo Nunez ... Rosalie Rodriguez
Nancy Palk ... Judge Lacey
Lili Francks Lili Francks ... Alice Rawls
Jeff Topping Jeff Topping ... Rossi
Kris Holden-Ried ... McCann (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
Edit

Storyline

John Walker is white supremacist. Now after hearing his speech, four boys go out and kill a young Hispanic. The Prestons are hired to defend one of them, who is the grandson of an old friend of the Prestons. They convince their client to testify against the others, which he does. The Hispanic's brother, a law student, feels that getting the ones who killed his brother is not enough. He wants to file a wrongful death suit against Walker, cause he incited those four men to kill someone who wasn't white and his brother was the first one they came across. While the Prestons agree to do it, they receive harsh criticism that they are attacking the First Ammendment but nevertheless they persevere. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Defenders 3 - Gegen das Gesetz See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Spun-off from The Defenders (1961) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Could have been made about Matthew Shepard's Murder !
12 November 1998 | by SoapSee all my reviews

This was a very good movie on its own. I liked it even more in that it coincidentally so closely parallels the real life gay hate crime murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming, and how it is believed that anti gay messages and TV commercials from various groups are responsible for this and for provoking anti gay hatred.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed