As he starts to attack, Barnes throws back the covers to reveal her gun. Design and text © 1996 - 2020 Jon Sandys. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. At first, she insists she has retired from courtroom cases, but then Bridges convinces her that he is innocent. Barnes goes to Forrester's house to celebrate, and they sleep together again. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating of 81% based on 31 reviews. Krasny insists that Forrester planned Paige's murder for 18 months, he attacked Jensen to create an alibi for himself, and he is the writer of the anonymous letters. Add more and vote on your favourites! The performances are good and the plot is watertight, as a whodunit must be. Jagged Edge is a 1985 American neo-noir[1] legal thriller written by Joe Eszterhas and directed by Richard Marquand. [6], Variety called it "well-crafted" overall and praised the performances of its two lead actors. Jack Forrester is indeed guilty of double homicide. "It's a good mystery on its own terms," he said. The investigator mutters an obscenity about the dead man, and the movie ends as he and Close leave the room, the camera resting on a close-up of … Sam leaves the room with the last shot being on the glinting blade still being clutched by Jack. Krasny calls Eileen Avery, who had an affair with Forrester, to testify. After an investigation reveals that he stood to inherit his wife's entire fortune, he is arrested and charged with the murder. In chambers, the judge threatens to have Krasny disbarred. Forrester insists on coming over. Ransom warns Barnes that Forrester is just trying to make her care more about his case. The secretary found "jagged edge" in the description of the murder weapon: "a knife with a jagged edge". The project was developed at Columbia Pictures but then head of production Guy McElwaine was replaced by David Puttnam, who, according to producer Martin Ransohoff, said that he did not want to make sequels (Puttnam denied this, saying his problem was the script "wasn't good and for no other reason... when there's a terrific script for Jagged Edge II Columbia will be anxious to make it".). Eszterhas and director Richard Marquand would still get to use the original title when they collaborated again on 1987's Hearts of Fire (1987). Short Films in Focus: World of Tomorrow 3, HBO's Industry is a Bitter Mix of Grey's Anatomy and Succession, The Art of Wolfwalkers Details Creation of One of 2020’s Most Beautiful Films, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Directors like to talk about playing the audience like a piano, about making movies that are efficient machines for assaulting our emotions. There's no sense of reality beneath the gleaming surface. "I think the story is really more effective as an original. When Forrester calls, she tells him she found the typewriter. Ransohoff decided to turn the script into an original story. Barnes decides to take the case. Santa Cruz. [8], The film was unofficially remade in Bollywood as Kasoor, in 2001. Barnes is reluctant to take the case since an incident with district attorney Thomas Krasny, her former boss, caused her to quit practicing criminal law. Directed by Richard Marquand. The prosecution's case relies on circumstantial evidence and two of its key witnesses are discredited by Barnes. And by then the film's tension is so tightly wound that we, and Close, don't know what to believe. Sam Ransom shows up and steps down hard on our prowlers' hand gripping said knife before riping off his mask to reveal that it really is Jack; a final wide eyed expression of dismay crossing his face. Glenn Close plays his defense attorney. The machinery in this movie is so efficient that we don't know the answer until the very last shot - and I'll be getting back to that last shot in a moment. Here's my theory: In a movie that exists only to tantalize us with clues and deceptive evidence, we shouldn't find out who the killer was - because that should be what we're arguing about as we leave the theater. Her husband Jack, arrested for her murder, tries to hire high-profile lawyer Teddy Barnes to defend him. Once the killer is unmasked, his crime reflects on everything else we know about his character, and that's more realism than you really need in a well-oiled machine. "Jagged Edge" is a movie like that, a murder thriller that dangles one clue after another before our eyes, daring us to decide who committed the murder. Is she defending the man she loves against the unjust charges against him? With Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Peter Coyote, Robert Loggia. She shoots him several times until he falls to the floor. Even that would be all right, if the movie didn't reveal the identity of the real killer in the final shot. At the end of the film when Glenn Close shoots Jeff Bridges you can see the blood splatter hit the ottoman at the end of the bed.