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 ...
"The Lawyer" is an entertaining, if unspectacular courtroom drama featuring the sterling acting talents of Barry Newman ("The Limey", "Bowfinger") and Diana Muldaur ("L.A. Law", "Star Trek: The Next Generation") amongst others. In short, it is about a New York lawyer who ups-sticks to the country, and a murder case he handles in his new environment. As I said, it's nothing special, but surprisingly involving nonetheless. Essentially it plays like a high quality TV movie, so it's no surprise that a spin-off TV series, "Petrocelli", followed. It's worth watching if you have a spare couple of hours, and fans of the show will be interested to see the formative incarnation of Petrocelli. Assured helming, incidentally, comes from Sidney J. Furie - director of one of the best Cold War Spy films ever, "The Ipcress File". "The Lawyer" will make no-one's All Time Top Ten list, I can assure you, but there are many many worse films out there. In a word: Interesting.
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