Jeff Bridges and Glenn close make for strange bedfellows in “Jagged Edge” when Teddy Barnes, played by Glenn Close, is manipulated into defending Jack Forrester, played by Jeff Bridges. Jack is arrested and charged with the murder of his wife Page Forrester, played by Maria Mayenzet. After several visits with Jack, she finds herself falling for the man and his manipulative ways.
Spoiler Alert: Teddy has not practiced law for some years due to the way her past partner manipulated the facts in cases; one in particular. She could not get the horror of a young man, innocent of the crime but found guilty who hangs himself after serving only a few days in jail. Teddy feels if all the facts had been disclosed, the man would not have gone to jail. She blames herself along with her partner for this young man’s death.
However, when she begins to defend Jack Forrester, she also begins to fall in love with the man, not realizing he is manipulating her. She defends him to the max, using all her skills to bring out the errors in the case. However, Jack keeps facts from her. She soon discovers he is a manipulator and tries to separate herself from him.
No sooner has she resolved to distance herself and turn the case over to someone else than he manipulates her into convincing her to again defend him. She resumes her defense of him. After winning the case, Teddy and Jack celebrate. However when he leaves for a while, she discovers evidence proving he killed Page.
Teddy has known all along that Jack killed his spouse. She just refused to accept the fact while attempting to rationalize his innocence due to the fact she has fallen in love with him. However, when discovering evidence of his deception and proof he killed Page, that love quickly dissipates.
Jack has used all his charming ways to get Teddy to defend him. He is convinced he can manipulate into forgetting she discovered evidence. However, Teddy does not bite this time.
There is a certain something, a strange magnetism, between the two on stage. Jeff Bridges and Glenn close share a kind of chemistry when together. Even though you would not think so, Glenn Close does move into her roles ambitiously.
Jeff Bridges has never been able to pull off the same charm as daddy Lloyd Bridges however he has held his own. He moves in and out of roles like a chameleon. From the “Big Lebowski” to “True Grit” he’s been able to bring his own personal image into each role holding his own.
Jeff Bridges – Jack Forrester
Glenn Close – Teddy Barnes
Peter Coyote – Thomas Krasny
Maria Mayenzet – Page Forrester