MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 530 this week

The Law (1974)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama  -  22 October 1974 (USA)
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 60 users  
Reviews: 4 user

An examination of the workings of a big city's legal system as seen through the eyes of people involved in a sensational murder trial.

Director:

Writers:

(teleplay), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Related Items

Search for "The Law" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Law (TV Movie 1974)

The Law (TV Movie 1974) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Law.
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor
Dracula (1979)
Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Romanticized adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 classic. Set in 1913 England, the bloodsucking, but handsome, charming and seductive, Count Dracula seeks an immortal bride.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Marshal Chris Adams turns down a friend's request to help stop the depredations of a gang of Mexican bandits. When his wife is killed by bank robbers and his friend is killed capturing the ... See full summary »

Director: George McCowan
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Stefanie Powers, Michael Callan
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The story of Eddie Slovik, who was executed by the Army in 1945, the only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the Civil War.

Director: Lamont Johnson
Stars: Martin Sheen, Mariclare Costello, Ned Beatty
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A disparate group of drivers take part in a secret and illegal cross country road race.

Director: Charles Bail
Stars: Michael Sarrazin, Tim McIntire, Raul Julia
Drop Zone (1994)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A tough cop teams up with a professional skydiver to capture a renegade computer hacker on the run from the law.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Gary Busey, Yancy Butler
Straight Time (1978)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole ... See full summary »

Directors: Ulu Grosbard, Dustin Hoffman
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Theresa Russell, Gary Busey
Thriller | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

An ex-cop covers for her mentally ill brother's crimes. As his apparent involvement in a murder she is investigating grows, she discovers how far she'll go to protect him.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Jeanne Tripplehorn, Corin Nemec, Leland Orser
The Keegans (TV Movie 1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A professional football player is accused of murdering the man who attacked his sister. His brother, an investigate reporter, sets out to prove his brother's innocence.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Adam Roarke, Spencer Milligan, Heather Menzies-Urich
The Godchild (TV Movie 1974)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Three Union POWs fleeing across the desert to escape both their Confederate pursuers and rampaging Apaches come across a dying woman and her infant child. They promise the woman that they ... See full summary »

Director: John Badham
Stars: Jack Palance, Jack Warden, Keith Carradine
South Beach (1993)
Thriller | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Directors: Fred Williamson, Alain Zaloum
Stars: Fred Williamson, Peter Fonda, Gary Busey
You and Me (1975)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A drama involving local characters, moving all around the state of Kansas.

Director: David Carradine
Stars: David Carradine, Chipper Chadbourne, Bobbie Shaw Chance
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Gene Carey
...
Bobbie Stone
Barbara Baxley ...
Judge Rebeccah Fornier
...
Jules Benson
...
Leonard Caporni
...
Thomas Q. Rachel
...
William Bright
Gerald Hiken ...
Judge Arnold Lerner
...
Cliff Wilson
...
Maxwell Fall
Frank Marth ...
Arthur Winchell
...
Judge Philip Shields
Robert Q. Lewis ...
Speaker at Bar Dinner
Logan Ramsey ...
Raymond Bleisch
Edit

Storyline

An examination of the workings of a big city's legal system as seen through the eyes of people involved in a sensational murder trial.

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

trial | murder | court

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 October 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anwalt gegen das Gericht  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Followed by The Law (1975) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
The first made for TV lawyer movie, and it was right on the mark
27 December 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When The Law came out, there was no made-for-TV movie that presented the system with all its human flaws, flaws that make the system human. Before was Perry Mason and The Defenders, but they showed the system in an unrealistic light. The defense lawyers were nearly perfect. Perry Mason was much maligned, but his clients (all but one were innocent). Hamilton Burger accused Mason of all kinds of misdeeds, and he never got it that the "showmanship" he railed against was always part of the process to show the client was innocent. In the Law, we have a dedicated public defendant who cannot let go of the one client he has that is innocent. A franchise lawyer seizes the client through the mother, and the lawyer is about to plead the client guilty to make a book contract fatter. He has to fight and cut a corner or two to get the client back to be sure that the client gets the best defense, which, it turns out, comes from the beleagured public defender. The client walks without a trial. And that is the point--there is no trial, no courtroom tricks or confessions. The whole story takes place as the State's case comes together then collapses. The innocent client and his struggling lawyer find the occasional needle in the haystack of justice. I was a lawyer only a year when The Law first played, and I marvelled at how it captured the essence of the criminal justice system: Venal judges, prosecutors seeking notches in their political gunbelt, overworked public defenders trying to rise above it all (I was a prosecutor at the time). About five years later, I was lucky enough to tape it. I haven't seen it in at least ten years. It probably no longer shows because of its age, but, of all the shows to have come before or since, none measures up to its realism.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Law (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?