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



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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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...And Justice for All  »

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The title is the last four words of the Pledge of Allegiance recited daily by US schoolchildren. Its full version reads: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all". See more »


When a helicopter's motor fails, for whatever reason, it does not just drop straight out of the sky - the pilot puts the nose into a shallow dive and the rotor auto-rotates providing some lift. The chopper glides much like a fixed-wing aeroplane, provided it is high enough to begin the glide and develop enough rotor speed - which the judge would have made sure of since he was anticipating (or at least planning for) running out of fuel. 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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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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A Gem!!!
6 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie stands out among the hundreds I've seen; It is exactly what it was initially marketed as; an inditement of the late 70's (and I suspect little has changed) legal system. This is accomplished magnificently.. Imagine an over-worked court appointed defender with a heart of gold.. in a corrupt web of compromise, and over-stressed beauro-crats. If you have ever enjoyed a court/lawyer movie give this one a chance!!! Look out for one of the funniest and yet reasonably plausible situations I've ever seen in a movie.

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