The Lesser Evil (1998 film)

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The Lesser Evil
Directed by David Mackay
Produced by Daniel Helberg
David Mackay
Written by Jeremy Levine and Stephan Schultze
Starring David Paymer
Tony Goldwyn
Arliss Howard
Colm Feore
Steven Petrarca
Adam Scott
Jonathon Scarfe
Marc Worden
Mason Adams
Music by Don Davis
Cinematography Stephan Schultze
Distributed by MGM Home Entertainment
Release date
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Lesser Evil is a 1998 thriller film directed by David Mackay.


Four old friends, Derek (Colm Feore), George (David Paymer), Ivan (Arliss Howard), and Frank (Tony Goldwyn), are reunited when they become suspects in a double murder that took place twenty years before, when they were teenagers. The four covered it up and have now become successful professionals with seemingly normal lives.

The story switches back and forth between the present day and the time of the killings. As the police investigation closes in on the four men, they turn on each other. It soon becomes clear that one of them will have to take the blame, or they will all be convicted.



The film has a 60% approval rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[1] Variety gave a positive review, calling the film "a crafty and well-crafted drama",[2] and Film Threat praised it as "an exceptionally well told tale".[3]


  1. ^ "The Lesser Evil - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  2. ^ Joe Leydon (1998-11-01). "The Lesser Evil". Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  3. ^ Merle Bertrand (2000-06-04). "The Lesser Evil". Retrieved 2012-01-10. 

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