The Defenders: Payback 25 years old

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 father murders the rapist of his young daughter after the man is released from prison and moves back to his old neighborhood. The Prestons take the case even though the father is unrepentent and unwilling to offer the attorneys any help in finding legally mitigating circumstances for his actions.


The Defenders: Payback Cast

Name Character
Roma Maffia She was 39, now 64 years old as Julie Bishop
Beau Bridges He was 55, now 81 years old as Don Preston
Clea DuVall She was 20, now 45 years old as Jessica Lane
Rachael Leigh Cook She was 18, now 43 years old as Tracey Lane
Martha Plimpton She was 26, now 52 years old as M.J. Preston
Mark Blum He was 47, now 72 years old as Jackson
Yaphet Kotto He was 57, now 83 years old as Judge Williams
Sean McCann He was 62, 83 years old when he died as John Broderick
John Larroquette He was 49, now 75 years old as Michael Lane
E.G. Marshall He was 83, 84 years old when he died as Lawrence Preston

The Defenders: Payback Crew

Name Department
Andy Wolk as Director. He was 96 (now 122) years old Directing
Andy Wolk as Writer. He was 96 (now 122) years old Writing
Peter Wolk as Writer. Writing
The Defenders: Payback (25 years)

  • Release day: Sunday, October 12, 1997
  • Runtime: 96 minutes