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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Al Pacino and Christine Lahti; and two Oscar nominees: Jack Warden and Lee Strasberg. See more »


The number of plates that Jay has changes. See more »


Carl Travers: I haven't left the scene of the accident, I'm in it!
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Referenced in Casino Jack (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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Pacino's Best Role
27 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

When we think of the great roles over Al Pacino's career, we automatically conjure up images of The Godfather I and II, Scent of A Woman, Carlito's Way and Serpico among many others. What gets little mention and is oft forgotten is Al Pacino's performance as Arthur Kirkland in "…And Justice for All." From days past and as I would watch Pacino classics, I always think back to 1979 and his portrayal of an ethical lawyer fighting for truth and justice in a not so ethical legal morass.

Thanks to AMC for bringing this movie back for new generation of movie watchers and also for a reminder of how great an actor Al Pacino is. If you have not seen "…And Justice for All," you are in for a treat. Far and away this was Al Pacino's best film role and possibly one of the greatest film roles of all time.

Too bad Hollywood was so engrossed in the morbidly depressing and cynical Kramer vs. Kramer in 1980. Head to head, Dustin Hoffman's role in Kramer vs. Kramer could not hold Al Pacino's water, but alas, the Hollywood types on most occasions vote with their backsides and not their heads.

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