The Defenders: Choice of Evils


1h 35m 1998

Brief Synopsis

Television movie remake of the 1960s courtroom drama series, "The Defenders." After the death of his eldest son and his partner in the law firm of Preston and Preston, senior partner, Lawrence Preston enlists his granddaughter, M.J, a former prosecutor, and his other son Don, a law professor, to continue the work of ensuring that every individual accused of a crime is entitled to a proper defense. In this telefilm, a muckraking reporter, who is found guilty of a murder he didn't commit, is mistakenly released from prison. Seeking to flee, he is eventually confronted by two cops, one of whom becomes injured and ultimately dies. Although he is found innocent of the first murder, the reporter must stand trial for murdering the policeman.

Film Details

Also Known As
Choice of Evils, Defenders, The, Defenders: Choice of Evils
Genre
Drama
Crime
Thriller
Release Date
1998
Production Company
CBS Television Studios; Dave; Laserpacific Media Corporation; Panavision, Ltd.; Paramount Pictures; Showtime Networks
Distribution Company
Paramount Home Media
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m

Synopsis

Television movie remake of the 1960s courtroom drama series, "The Defenders." After the death of his eldest son and his partner in the law firm of Preston and Preston, senior partner, Lawrence Preston enlists his granddaughter, M.J, a former prosecutor, and his other son Don, a law professor, to continue the work of ensuring that every individual accused of a crime is entitled to a proper defense. In this telefilm, a muckraking reporter, who is found guilty of a murder he didn't commit, is mistakenly released from prison. Seeking to flee, he is eventually confronted by two cops, one of whom becomes injured and ultimately dies. Although he is found innocent of the first murder, the reporter must stand trial for murdering the policeman.

Crew

Bill Angarola

Sound Editor

Rick Ash

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Craig Baker

Boom Operator

David Banigan

Location Manager

Stephen Belanger

Assistant Director

Eric Beldowski

Production Coordinator

Mark Berlet

Best Boy

Rita Bertucci

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Tony Bifano

Driver

Beau Bridges

Co-Executive Producer

Ira Cohen

Gaffer

Larry Cohen

From Story

Shelley Cook

Stunt Coordinator

Linda Corbin

Foley Mixer

Anthony Cowley

Production Designer

Suzette Daigle

Costume Designer

John Duke

Dolly Grip

David Erlichman

Key Grip

Rob Evans

Dailies

Sy Fischer

Producer

Susan Forrest

Casting (Canada), Casting (Toronto)

Gary Gegan

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Chaim Gilad

Sound Mixer

David Goldblatt

Music

Barbara Gordon

Script Supervisor

Sylvia Grant

Associate Editor

Carole Griffin

Costumes

Marni Grossman

Photography

Natalie Hart

Casting (Los Angeles)

Mary Sue Heron

Makeup Artist

Rick Hinson

Sound Editor

Mark Hunter

Props

Mark Isham

Music

Emma Jaconello

Assistant

David Jobe

Foley Mixer

Brock Jolliffe

Special Effects Coordinator

Jonnie Katz

Assistant Director

Stacey Knocker

Production Secretary

Dusan Kovacevic

Production Assistant

Stephen Krause

Music

Todd Kravitz

Assistant

Jason La Padura

Casting (Los Angeles)

Megan Less

Set Decorator

Tommy Lockett

Music Editor

Ashley Mckay

Assistant Production Coordinator

Marvin Midicki

Camera Operator

F A Miller

Line Producer

F A Miller

Line Producer

Peter Miskimmin

Property Master

Paul Mitchnick

Camera Operator

Chris Moriana

Foley Artist

Helen Mossler

Casting Executive

Michael Mullins

Lead Set Dresser

Noella Nesdoly

Unit Production Manager

John C Newby

Director Of Photography

Tom Overton

Video

Julian Peter

On-Set Dresser

Frank Polyak

Assistant Camera Operator

Reg Quindinho

Hair Stylist

Dusty Reeves

Art Department Coordinator

Adam Reuveni

Music

Ted Rich

Associate Producer

Randi Richmond

Assistant Director

Stan Rogow

Executive Producer

Katherine Rose

Foley Artist

Reginald Rose

Screenwriter

Thomas Rose

Screenwriter

Peter Rosenfeld

Steadicam Operator

Carl Savage

Best Boy

Lauren Schaffer

Editor

David Schiller

Production Associate

Rachel Seltzer

Publicity

Ken Smith

Assistant Director

Trevor D Smith

Transportation Coordinator

Melissa Thomas

Assistant

Matt Toth

Production Assistant

Paula Tymchuk

Assistant Camera Operator

Frans Van Gerwen

Construction Coordinator

Kenneth Watkins

Art Director

Andy Wolk

Screenwriter

Peter Wolk

Screenwriter

Peter Wolk

Consultant

Film Details

Also Known As
Choice of Evils, Defenders, The, Defenders: Choice of Evils
Genre
Drama
Crime
Thriller
Release Date
1998
Production Company
CBS Television Studios; Dave; Laserpacific Media Corporation; Panavision, Ltd.; Paramount Pictures; Showtime Networks
Distribution Company
Paramount Home Media
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States January 18, 1998

Released in United States on Video March 2, 1999

The original series, "The Defenders," was telecast on CBS from September 16, 1961 to September 9, 1965.

Began shooting summer 1997.

E.G. Marshall is reprising his role as Lawrence Preston from the original series.

Screenwriter Reginald Rose wrote the original teleplay for the series.