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Marie (film)

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Roger Donaldson
Screenplay by John Briley
Story by Peter Maas
Music by Francis Lai
Cinematography Chris Menges
Edited by Neil Travis
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • September¬†25,¬†1985¬†(1985-09-25)
Running time
112 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $9 million
Box office $2,507,995

Marie (also known as Marie: A True Story) is a 1985 film starring Sissy Spacek as the real-life Marie Ragghianti, former head of the Tennessee Board of Pardons and Paroles, who was removed from office in 1977 after refusing to release prisoners who (it was discovered) had bribed aides to then-Governor Ray Blanton. Ragghianti, a single mother and political appointee, was hounded for refusal to cooperate with the culture of corruption with which she found herself confronted (many of Blanton's aides faced prosecution for their roles in the scandal). The film was based on the book Marie: A True Story by Peter Maas.

It was directed by Fred Thompson, Lisa Banes, John Cullum, Graham Beckel, and Macon McCalman.


Critical reception

Most reviewers praised Spacek's performance. Several reviewers praised the acting performance of Fred Thompson, who, until then, was known primarily as a peripheral figure in the Senate probe of the Watergate scandal. Thompson was Ragghianti's attorney during the actual trial, and played himself. This was his first film role.

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