When a judge is charged with rape, Arthur Kirkland is forced to defend him. Kirkland has had problems with the judge in the past, including one incident when the judge wrongly sentenced his client Jeff McCullaugh because of a technicality. Kirkland faces a moral and legal dilemma. Written by
Melissa Portell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This man needs the best lawyer in town. But the problem is... he is the best lawyer in town.
Did You Know?
The movie is notable for one particular scene which sees a justice, Judge Francis Rayford (played Jack Warden
), firing a pistol in court. According to director Norman Jewison
's audio-commentary, this was allegedly based on a judge in Texas who had unbelievably taken a gun to court. In one American borough, Jewison cited research that showed that five out of six criminal justice judges wore firearms. See more
In one aerial shot of Judge Rayford's helicopter, the shadows of the camera helicopter and Judge Rayford's aircraft are visible together on the water. See more
[Arthur is visiting his client Jeff McCullaugh in jail, and sees that he has been assaulted
Jeff, what happened?
Some... somebody beat me up...
I dunno, I didn't ask.
Referenced in Smoke Signals
Something Funny Goin' On
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman
& Marilyn Bergman
Sung by Zachary Sanders
(as Zack Sanders) and the N.Y. Jailhouse Ensemble See more