...And Justice for All (1979)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  19 October 1979 (USA)
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A lawyer (Al Pacino) is forced to defend a guilty judge, while defending other innocent clients, and trying to find punishment for the guilty and provide justice for the innocent.


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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grandpa Sam
Gail Packer
Sam Levene ...
Robert Christian ...
Ralph Agee
Jeff McCullaugh (as Thomas Waites)
Warren Fresnell
Frank Bowers
Carl Travers
Victor Arnold ...
Leo Fauci
Vincent Beck ...
Michael Gorrin ...
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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 <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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This man needs the best lawyer in town. But the problem is... he is the best lawyer in town.


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During filming, actor Al Pacino frequently ad libbed and improvised. Pacino like to do this because he was slow learning lines as well as to be spontaneous. This however can interfere with another actor's performance. Reportedly, Pacino's mentor, Lee Strasberg, said "Al, learn your lines, dollink!". Pacino years later recognized that this was good advice. See more »


When Gail and Arthur are eating Chinese takeout, Gail opens the same container twice. See more »


Arthur Kirkland: Coffee, please.
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Referenced in America's Sweethearts (2001) See more »


Something Funny Goin' On
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Sung by Zachary Sanders (as Zack Sanders) and the N.Y. Jailhouse Ensemble
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Better now than when I was 11
13 August 2002 | by (California USA) – See all my reviews

I remember this movie from when I was a kid. I remembered it fondly, and always pictured Pacino giving the big "This whole courtroom's out of order!!" speech.

I just rented it again after not seeing it for about twenty years, and WOW! There's a lot more to remember than that one speech. I absolutely loved this movie! I always like Pacino, but sometimes he just plays a similar character over and over. In this one, young Pacino got to play everything from scared to sad to funny to furious... and I thought he did great. I haven't felt for a character so much in quite a while.

The relationship between Pacino and his "leading lady" was a good one, especially for the '70's. I thought those two characters were interesting together.

The music sucked, but every movie soundtrack at that time sounded like a porno flick, didn't it?

It's a story where one bad thing after another happens in a short period of time, in very unrealistic (we all hope!) fashion - but that's a whole movie genre in itself (although I don't know what you'd call it), to make us think of lots of different things and to push the main character over the edge. Without all the subplots, I don't think the ending would have made as much sense.

I'd like a copy for my video library, and I don't say that often.

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