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The Lawyer (1970)

Tony Petrocelli, a bright young lawyer practicing in the rich cattle town of Baker, becomes embroiled in a murder case.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric P. Scott
Alice Fiske
Sergeant Moran (as Warren Kemmerling)
Booth Colman ...
Judge Crawford
Charlie O'Keefe
F.J. Williamson
Paul Harrison
Jeffery V. Thompson ...
Andy Greer (as Jeff Thompson)
Tom Harvey ...
Bob Chambers
Ivor Barry ...
Ann Greer
John Himes ...
Myro McCauley


Baker is a rich southern cattle town and Wilma Harrison is one of its most famous socialites. When the rich party girl is found brutally murdered in her own bed, her husband Jack is arrested for the murder. Tony Petrocelli is a hotshot defense lawyer from New York, who moves to Baker to continue his practice after a fallout with the courts in the Big Apple and he accepts to defend Harrison. Since the police investigation was quite sloppy, all he needs to do to win is prove to the jury that the evidence against his client are circumstantial and that there's enough room for reasonable doubt. As the trial progresses, he also realizes that the witness testimonies leave enough room for an alternate theory about what happened that night. Petrocelli doesn't really care if his client is actually innocent or not, so he uses every trick in his bag to win. The story is based on the infamous case of Samuel Holmes "Sam" Sheppard D.O., an American neurosurgeon tried in 1954 for the murder of his ...

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Wilma Harrison had it all. A wealthy doctor for a husband. A big playboy for a lover. A beautiful home. And a horrible death. See more »


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12 March 1970 (Australia)  »

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The Lawyer ***
2 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Likable, if not terribly engrossing, courtroom drama in which Barry Newman originated his trademark role of opportunistic lawyer Tony Petrocelli (reprised in a subsequent TV series). Generally well-handled by director Furie but the murder sequence, re-enacted in three different ways during the course of the trial, seems unnecessarily flashy. A smart script and a lively music score ensure that the film be an eminently watchable one.

It seems more of a pity that director Furie, who started out strongly with films like this one and THE IPCRESS FILE (1965) would later end up helming third-grade action fare like the IRON EAGLE films or misbegotten would-be blockbusters like SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE (1987)...

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