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...and justice for all. (1979)

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.

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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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19 October 1979 (USA)  »

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$33,300,000, 31 December 1979
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1.85 : 1
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At the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 1980, star Al Pacino won the Best Actor Award for his performance in this film but was a co-winner for the gong in a tie with Uelese Petaia for Sons for the Return Home (1979). See more »

Goofs

The movie's closing scenes imply that Arthur Kirkland is acting irrationally and ending his career by stating that Judge Fleming is guilty of rape, due to attorney-client privilege. But that does not apply in this situation because Fleming stupidly outright confessed to the crime he's being prosecuted for, which means that his attorney (Kirkland) is legally obligated to answer truthfully if the prosecutor asks if Fleming is guilty, and in this case to answer "Yes". This also illustrates why defense attorneys never ask a client outright if they committed crimes and simply work towards establishing a legal argument for acquittal (though admittedly this story is an extreme example because the defense attorney and client hate each other, and the client here should have known enough not to outright admit to his crimes). See more »

Quotes

Ralph Agee: I was in that taxi cab but I didn't rob it, it was my cousin, he's crazy.
Arthur Kirkland: What's his name?
Ralph Agee: I don't know... I mean he lives out in Hillsberry...
Arthur Kirkland: You don't know your cousin's name?
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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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"This whole trial is out of order!!!!"
24 July 2001 | by 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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