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...And Justice for All. (1979)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  19 October 1979 (USA)
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An ethical Baltimore defense lawyer disgusted with rampant legal corruption is asked to defend a judge he despises in a rape trial. But if he doesn't do it, the judge will have him disbarred.

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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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Second time that actor Al Pacino was Best Actor Oscar nominated when playing alongside his acting teacher Lee Strasberg, the first had been in The Godfather: Part II (1974). See more »

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Jeff McCullaugh: If everybody agrees I'm innocent, how come I'm going BACK to jail?
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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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Excellent legal drama
31 August 2002 | by (Surrey, England) – See all my reviews

Superb performances of all players without exception, but of course special mention has to go to Pacino who gives one of the best performances of his career. If you are interested in joining the legal profession (as I was), this is a must-see. Pacino is an over-worked, successful defence lawyer, juggling his heavy caseload. When a judge, whom he is publicly known to hate, is charged with Rape, Pacino is asked to defend him. Although this is the premise for the film, it is so beautifully entwined with many different, rich characters and a multitude of cases, it's almost unfair to even pinpoint the main thread. A perfect blend of tragedy, comedy and drama, I would rank this film in my all-time top 10.


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