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
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This man needs the best lawyer in town. But the problem is... he is the best lawyer in town.
Did You Know?
Co-screenwriter Barry Levinson
said of the film's central character Arthur Kirkland who is played by Al Pacino
: "The character is not a celebrity lawyer like a Perry Mason or an F. Lee Bailey. He's a guy who's trying to practice his profession honestly and responsibly, without getting disbarred. Which is itself crazy". Arthur Kirkland, Levinson says, first came to life as a minor character in a different screenplay. Levinson said: "But he became so likable and important to me that I dropped the other script and began working with Valerie [Curtin] on this one". See more
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You know, there are times where I'm not too sure I like you. We're so opposite.
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 See more