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Jagged Edge

Year: 1985
Director: Richard Marquand
I saw this in town with my mother as a young teenager, and little did I know how my young mind was absorbing the work of one of the trashiest men in Hollywood, Joe Esterhas.

With ironically little of the smut he'd later make his name for, Esterhas' story is bought to the screen by one-note (two, in this case) Return of the Jedi director Richard Marquand, a fairly plain murder mystery as a beautiful young woman is murdered in her beachside mansion one stereotypically dark and stormy night.

Her husband (Bridges) is the prime suspect, but when his attorney (Close) falls in love with him she can't bring herself to believe it's him.

Some courtroom drama and scary reveals keep things interesting, and in classic fashion we don't discover the killer's identity until the last second when disaster looms for the plucky heroine.

For what it's worth I didn't see it, guessing (incorrectly) throughout. It's the tennis pro! The gardener! The jilted business partner! Schlocky now I look back but fun.

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