Reckless Disregard
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Reckless Disregard
Reckless Disregard
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Film poster
Directed byHarvey Hart
Written byCharles S. Haas
StarringTess Harper,
Leslie Nielsen,
Ronny Cox
Music byGil Goldstein
CinematographyRené Verzier
Edited byTony Lower
Telecom Entertainment Inc.
Release date
Running time
120 minutes
CountryUnited States

Reckless Disregard is a 1985 American film that was directed by Harvey Hart. It stars Tess Harper as a lawyer that must defend a physician against claims of selling prescriptions. After accepting the part Harper commented that the role was different from those she'd played in the past such as "rural mothers".[1]

The film has drawn comparisons to the 1983 Galloway lawsuit against Dan Rather as well as the case of Westmoreland vs. CBS.[2][3]


Meredith Craig is a small-time lawyer that must defend Edward Lucas, a physician whose practice was ruined after a television show claimed that he sold illegal drug prescriptions. Edward wants Meredith to sue the show, stating that its host Bob Franklin was guilty of libel, as Edward claims innocence.



The Los Angeles Times reviewed the film and drew parallels to the 1983 Galloway lawsuit against Dan Rather.[4]The New York Times made similar comments, stating that "The way reality has been rendered into fiction with ''Reckless Disregard'' illustrates how film makers try to heighten drama by sharpening and simplifying murky issues."[5]People panned the film, writing that "In the wake of Westmoreland vs. CBS, there's a compelling movie to be made about how TV news works, how the producers do all the work and the anchors get all the credit, how interviews are edited, how news and entertainment merge on TV. But this isn't that movie."[2]


  1. ^ Buck, Jerry (March 1, 1985). "Actress Spreads Wings In Reckless Disregard". Kentucky New Era. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Picks and Pans Review: Reckless Disregard". Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Reckless Disregard' Gives Inside Look At '60 Minutes' Report". The Day. Mar 17, 1985. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ ROSENBERG, HOWARD (1985-03-18). "The Dumb Defense Rests Again In 'Reckless'". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Smith, Sally Bedell (1984-10-30). "TV MOVIER PARALLELS SLANDER TRIAL OF RATHER". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .

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