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|Demi Moore||Annie Laird|
|Joseph Gordon-Levitt||Oliver Laird|
|Tony Lo Bianco||Louie Boffano|
|Michael Constantine||Judge Weitzel|
|Michael Rispoli||Joseph Boffano|
|James Newton Howard||Original Music Composer|
|Robert M. Reitano||Editor|
|Jamie Anderson||Director of Photography|
|Patrick McCormick||Executive Producer|
|George Dawes Green||Novel|
|George Dawes Green||Story Contributor|
|Robert M. Reitano||Editing|
"There is no defense."
Annie Laird (Demi Moore) is a sculptor who lives in New York with her son Oliver (Joseph Gordon-Levitt); she works a day job as a data entry clerk. Annie is selected to be a juror in the trial of mob boss Louie Boffano (Tony Lo Bianco), who is accused of ordering the murder of Salvatore Riggio, and she meets a man named Mark Cordell (Alec Baldwin). He buys some of Annie's artwork, then wines and dines her before Annie discovers Mark is better known as "The Teacher". He is Boffano's enforcer, and the material perpetrator of the hit job for which Boffano is being prosecuted. Mark tells Annie to persuade the jury to acquit Boffano, or she and Oliver will die.An extremely frightened Annie does persuade the jury to acquit Boffano. After the trial, Boffano wonders if maybe Annie should disappear, because Boffano sees Annie as a loose end. Mark has a problem with this because he has developed feelings for her. To exert further pressure on Annie to ensure she doesn't pose a problem for Boffano, Mark goes after Annie's friend Juliet (Anne Heche). After having sex with her, Mark reveals himself to Juliet as Annie's stalker. He pulls a gun and forces Juliet to take a fatal drug overdose. Mark boasts of Juliet's murder to his partner and fellow hitman, Eddie (James Gandolfini).To ensure her son's safety, Annie hides Oliver in T'ui Cuch, Guatemala with her friend Boone (Matt Craven). At the same time, the district attorney (who figured out Annie was threatened to return a not guilty verdict) wants Annie to turn state's witness so they can go after Mark, who now plans to take over Boffano's empire.Annie convinces the DA's office to have her wear a wire, which she removes and gives it to Eddie, instructing him to leave her and Mark alone. Annie then succeeds in getting Mark to incriminate himself in a boastful rant on his ambitions, which are recorded on a hidden tape recorder. She then uses the tape to tip off Boffano to Mark's plans. Boffano schedules a meeting to "deal" with Mark. Eddie arranges the meeting, but Mark kills both Boffano and Boffano's son Joseph (Michael Rispoli), along with their henchmen. He also slashes Eddie's throat. Mark is furious at Annie for setting him up. He calls her, revealing his knowledge of Oliver's whereabouts and his intention to travel to Guatemala to kill Oliver.In Guatemala, there is a showdown when Mark arrives. After Mark chases Oliver into a structure, natives shoot Mark. Annie, who has a pistol, fires six more shots, killing Mark and ensuring Oliver's safety.
Theatrical : 1996-02-02 : United States of America
DVD : 2001-10-30