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Marie (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama | 27 September 1985 (USA)
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.

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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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She challenged the state of Tennessee and put criminal justice on trial. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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

Gross USA:

$2,507,995

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,507,995
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was made and released two years after its source non-fiction book "Marie: A True Story" by Peter Maas had been published. See more »

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The song playing in the nightclub a day or two after her son chokes on the pistachio, is "Honey Honey" by ABBA. That song wasn't recorded until January of 1974, and the screen had previously just read that it was 1973, moments earlier. 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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Great cast in very important story
25 December 2004 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

This movie is based on a true story, a story that is, in fact, much worse than is portrayed here.

The governor of Tennessee, Ray Blanton, must rank as the worst the state ever had and, as a son of Tennessee, let me tell you that is really saying something.

Not to spoil the movie, let me add that Bill Clinton ended his presidency much as did Blanton end his governorship. That fact is sort of hinted at by the movie, but Blanton's governorship was so rife with corruption, with members of his family and his friends and allies living and profiting at the expense of the taxpayers, one movie cannot do the story justice. It would take at least a miniseries to tell the whole tale.

This movie, though, makes a good stab at part of the story, the part played by the title character, Marie. Sissy Spacek does her usual good job as Marie, displaying not only her own mature beauty but an admirable emotional range as both the put-upon government employee and the concerned mother.

Fred Thompson ... well, there are not enough superlatives in my limited vocabulary to express all my admiration and respect for him. He is a fine actor, and he was one of the greatest U.S. senators ever to represent the usually misrepresented state of Tennessee. Certainly the two there now (2004) don't begin to be big enough to fill his shoes, nor do they remotely resemble him in moral stature, intelligence, or knowledge of the Constitution. Well, he is better off back in acting, but it is a serious loss to good government that Fred Thompson decided not to seek re-election.

I'm tempted to say, too, that any movie with John Cullum is a movie to see, if only to watch his scenes. What a superb actor, what a major talent he is. His big scene in "1776" just steals that movie, to name merely one.

Not to slight any other person in this excellent cast, but I have gone on long enough. They are excellent.

I will carp about three things: Some of the expository dialog was trite and silly, especially the character Kevin's last scene. The courtroom scene was missing something. I believe if I had been on the jury, I'd have voted differently simply because the evidence was not presented well enough. (One can understand Sen. Arlen Specter {more-or-less-R.- Pa.} and his "not proved" impeachment vote.)

And why was Bill Sanderson not cast in this? He is a marvelous actor, could probably have handled beautifully almost any role, and besides he is from Tennessee. And he is usually in Spacek's movies. Too bad, for us and for him.

Still, I'm glad I finally got to see "Marie." The story is important, and the movie is extremely well done.

One more quibble: A very well-known Edmund Burke quote is used several times, but in an odd paraphrase. Not inappropriate, but jarring because of the different phrasing. Never mind. This is a good movie, and I hope everyone sees it.


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