...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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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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This was 75-year old character actor Sam Levene's final film. It culminated a 40+ year acting career. See more »


Camera and crew in reflection of window as Arthur leaves with Carl in the new car. See more »


Carl Travers: I haven't left the scene of the accident, I'm in it!
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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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"This whole trial is out of order!!!!"
24 July 2001 | by (Gresham, Oregon) – See all my reviews

This was a very good movie. Al Pacino was fantastic. The courtroom scenes were intense and emotionally charged, I loved it!

Al Pacino was an excellent lawyer. This movie was so good because it showed him in the work place and how it effected him in his personal life. A very good movie, it's one of my favorites.

The best scene was the climax when he exploded in the courtroom and and screamed one of the most famous quotes in cinema history! 9/10

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