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Encyclopedia > Class Action (1991 film)
Class Action
Directed by Michael Apted
Produced by Robert W. Cort
Ted Field
Scott Kroopf
Written by Carolyn Shelby
Christopher Ames
Samantha Shad
Starring Gene Hackman
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Cinematography Conrad L. Hall
Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Release date(s) 1991
Running time 110min
Language English
IMDb profile

Class Action is a 1991 film directed by Michael Apted. Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio star. Fred Dalton Thompson is also featured. Image File history File links Class_Action. ... Michael Apted (born February 10, 1941 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom) is a British director, producer, writer and actor. ... Ted Field (1953 - ), music producer, movie producer, and heir to the Marshall Fields department store fortune. ... Gene Hackman (born Eugene Allen Hackman[1] on January 30, 1930) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (born November 17, 1958 in Lombard, Illinois) is an American actress and singer of Italian descent. ... Conrad L. Hall (June 21, 1926 - January 4, 2003) was a top-billed Hollywood cinematographer. ... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their... // April 28 - Bonnie Raitt marries actor Michael Noonan OKeefe in New York Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation is made. ... Michael Apted (born February 10, 1941 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom) is a British director, producer, writer and actor. ... Gene Hackman (born Eugene Allen Hackman[1] on January 30, 1930) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (born November 17, 1958 in Lombard, Illinois) is an American actress and singer of Italian descent. ... For the silent movie actor, see Fred Thomson. ...


Tagline: A father and a daughter, divided by a case, endangered by the truth.

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The story is about a lawsuit concerning injuries caused by a defective automobile. The suit takes on a personal dimension because the injured plaintiff's attorney (Hackman) is the father of the automobile manufacturer's attorney (Mastrantonio). The central premise of the film is roughly analogous to the controversy surrounding the Ford Pinto. It has been suggested that civil trial be merged into this article or section. ... The Ford Pinto was an American subcompact car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company, first introduced in 1971, and built through the 1980 model year. ...


The movie is sometimes used in law school professional responsibility classes to teach future lawyers about what not to do. But they dont listen anyway For example, it is very rare that a parent and child are allowed to represent opposing sides in litigation. The "bury the smoking gun" technique seen in the movie is highly unethical. // A law school is an institution where future lawyers obtain legal degrees. ... English barrister 16th century painting of a civil law notary, by Flemish painter Quentin Massys. ...


The auto manufacturer in the film also utilizes a "bean-counting" approach to risk management, whereby the projections of actuaries for probable deaths and injured car-owners is weighed against the cost of re-tooling and re-manufacturing the car without the defect (exploding gas tanks) with the resulting decision to keep the car as-is to positively benefit short term profitability.


The film makes remarks concerning challenges brought about by "dumping" by Japanese car makers (temporarily selling below cost to grab market share, then raising prices exhorbitantly after driving competition out of business), and the increased need to cut costs to keep pace with Asian car makers (Korea, Japan, China, etc.) that don't pay anywhere near the union wages of Detroit's auto workers.


Many flaws exist in the film's presentation of legal practice, especially the trial scene's violations of the Federal Rules of Evidence. The Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE) are the rules that govern the admissibility of evidence in the United States federal court system. ...


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The complaints filed in almost three dozen class action complaints across the country allege that Cooper Tire (1) engaged in a practice in which it used an awl to puncture bubbles or blisters that were visible in its tires in order to conceal these bubbles or blisters from consumers, see, e.g.
By definition, then, the class includes owners of Cooper tires who, to date, have experienced no problem with their tires and are likely unaware of the types of safety concerns regarding Cooper tires that have been identified in this class action.
Class counsel's failure to file such a petition prior to the January 15 deadline for objections and exclusions is yet one more example of the manner in which the ball has been hidden from class members attempting to evaluate the fairness of this settlement.
Class Action (1991 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (207 words)
Class Action is a 1991 film directed by Michael Apted.
The central premise of the film is roughly analogous to the controversy surrounding the Ford Pinto.
The movie is sometimes used in law school professional responsibility classes to teach future lawyers about what not to do.
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