David Mamet's direction of this film is brilliant and there is so much going on in this film behind and between the dialogue that while it is almost an Austenesque parlor drama, it has an edge of your seat quality to it.. at least I thought so. I loved the characters... all of them!
Catharine Winslow, played by Rebecca Pidgeon, is a brilliant scholar and women's suffragette and the trusted confidante of her father who adores her. She is also the older sister to two brothers... Dickie, the older of the boys, is a gambler who falls far below his potential and a is disappointment to his father and Ronnie, the younger, who is the apple of his father's eye and hope for the future.
Ronnie is accused of stealing a postal order. After a ten day internal investigation by his school, he is sent home disgraced.
Catharine and her father believe in the boys' innocence and give up everything including Catharine's dowry to engage the best attorney in the country to fight and win Ronnie's good name.
The brilliant and famous attorney, Sir Robert Morton, played by the very handsome Jeremy Northam agrees to take the case... and that's all I'm going to tell you... You have to see it to find out the rest!