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...and justice for all. (1979)

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A lawyer 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.


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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Christian ...
Jeff McCullaugh (as Thomas Waites)
Leo Fauci
Vincent Beck ...
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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.


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

19 October 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

...And Justice for All  »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$33,300,000, 31 December 1979
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to director Norman Jewison's audio-commentary, in legal circles the film was criticized for its portrayal and depiction of legal eagles, lawyers and judges. Jewison described the film as "a terrifying comedy". 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 »


Sam Kirkland: They're still your parents.
Arthur Kirkland: No. You raised me. You put me through law school. You're a wonderful man, Grandpa. But your son is a shit.
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Spoofed in The Mentalist: Blood Money (2010) See more »


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
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...And Pacino proves my point
31 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

In this movie Al Pacino once again proves my point that he (Al Pacino) is one of the greatest actors off all time. By 1979 he had already pretty much proven this but never the less this is one of his best films yet. Even without Al Pacino this movie would be great.(Not near as great but never the less)I mean it is also very well directed and the screen play alone is magnificently written. So if you are a Pacino fan, or even if your not a Pacino fan i am telling you, that to die without seeing this movie is a sin.

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