Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney who charges $100,000 to take a case. Fortunately, he’s worth every penny as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.The show went on for years even into the 90’s following the career of this lawyer and the stories of his clients.
This film’s biggest impact was how it was made. All of the 80’s movie industry was interested in making money. They did this by buying out the smaller movie companies and sticking with cookie-cutter blockbusters (especially through sequels) that made lots of money, but had very little substance. This film was made without a studio company and with a budget of about $3 million. Known as an independent film, it would soon make more money, percentage wise, than any other film to that date and it would begin the creative “Indie” films of the 90’s. The story centers around a yuppie lawyer who is cheating on his beautiful wife with her carefree sister. One of his old school buddies shows up and begins interviewing people, especially the lawyer’s wife, on videotape. The conversations become more intimate and so does their relationship questioning the lawyer’s double standard. This was director Steven Soderbergh’s first film and went on to win the Cannes Film Festival’s top honor. It was the closest an American film would come to the Ingmar Bergman style.