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Marie (1985)

A woman is determined to reveal the truth about an insidious political corruption. In doing so she risks her safety, career and reputation but will not stop asking questions until the truth is known.

Director:

Roger Donaldson

Writers:

Peter Maas (book), John Briley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sissy Spacek ... Marie Ragghianti
Jeff Daniels ... Eddie Sisk
Keith Szarabajka ... Kevin McCormack
Morgan Freeman ... Charles Traughber
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Fred Thompson (as Fred Thompson)
Lisa Banes ... Toni Greer
Trey Wilson ... FBI Agent
John Cullum ... Deputy Attorney General
Don Hood ... Governor Blanton
Graham Beckel ... Charlie Benson
Macon McCalman ... Murray Henderson
Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Virginia
Robert Green Benson III Robert Green Benson III ... Dante Ragghianti
Dawn Carmen Dawn Carmen ... Therese Ragghianti
Shane Wexel Shane Wexel ... Ricky Ragghianti
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Storyline

It's the mid 1970s. Moving back home with her mother Virginia in Tennessee, Marie Ragghianti was able to leave an abusive marriage to eke out a better life for herself and her three young children - the youngest, Ricky, for who she would have to deal with his major health issues - by waiting tables, all the while being able to complete the degree requirements at Vanderbilt to obtain a B.A. in English and Psychology. She is unapologetic in asking a college acquaintance, Eddie Sisk, for a job, he who has just been appointed legal counsel for just elected Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton. In what he considers a win-win situation, Eddie offers Marie a job as the Extradition Officer for the state, a job offer which she accepts. From there, Marie quickly moves up the chain of command, first to become the liaison to the Governor via Eddie on Parole Board recommendations - the role which is meant to be a two way street, where there is an understood quid pro quo in recommendations from the Board... Written by Huggo

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Criminals went free. Officials were bribed. Witnesses were threatened. The F.B.I. couldn't stop it. One woman did. She challenged the State of Tennessee and put criminal justice on trial. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marie - A True Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$241,423, 29 September 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,507,995
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's main movie poster featured a text preamble that read: "When you discover that people charged to protect you are on the side of the criminal. That the right of money . . . this ruthless system is run from the state capitol . . . Marie did what anybody would have done if they had had her courage". See more »


Soundtracks

Yakety, Yak
By Jerry Leiber (uncredited) and Mike Stoller (uncredited)
Performed by The Coasters
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Strong Production saves the script.
18 January 2002 | by jennys-saviourSee all my reviews

Its fuuny how time changes how you see a movie. If this film came out in the cinemas today it would look terrific compared to the current rubbish around.

The premise for Marie is a god one for a thriller and although the script bottoms out, great acting in almost all areas and powerful direction from Roger Donaldson save it from mediocrity and turn it into a really effective, attention grabbing, suspensful and emotionally involving film.

Apart from Roger Donaldson and Chris Menges moody atmosphereic lighting. The film is served best by Sissy Spaceks lead performance, if any actress had greater ability to allow you to feel how their character is feeling I'd like to know who it is. Sissy makes a great protagonist with a mixture of vunerability and strong resolve. She's not so headstrong as too seem a bitchy self-interested character, yet she has enough strength and integrity to make Marie the hero of the story.

I thought the whole production was great. And the fact that this film wasnt one of the best ones whe it came out just goes to show how far behind hollywood has gotten.

On a last note. Jeff Daniels played a great role in this. He really made you see him in a completely different light to normal.


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