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From the Hip (1987)

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Apprentice lawyer Robin Weathers turns a civil suit into a headline grabbing charade. He must re-examine his scruples after his shenanigans win him a promotion in his firm, and he must now ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin 'Stormy' Weathers
Jo Ann
Douglas Benoit
Craig Duncan
Steve Hadley
Roberta Winnaker
Phil Ames
Raymond Torkenson
Richard Zobel ...
Matt Cowens
1st Judge
Robert Irvin Elliott ...
Scott Murray
Beatrice Winde ...
2nd Judge
Lt. Matt Sosha
Mrs. Martha Williams


Apprentice lawyer Robin Weathers turns a civil suit into a headline grabbing charade. He must re-examine his scruples after his shenanigans win him a promotion in his firm, and he must now defend a college professor who is apparently guilty of murder. Written by Scott Minkin <sminkin@bbn.com>

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Release Date:

6 February 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az ügyvéd, aki szelet vetett és sikert aratott  »

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$9,518,342 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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At his son's elementary school, Director Bob Clark offered a silent auction prize allowing the winner to come to Charlotte, NC and go behind the scenes during the filming of the movie. After friends of the family won the auction, Clark allowed the entire family to be extras in a scene rather than just observers. See more »


The courtroom set up is wrong. Benoit, Weathers, and the defense team sit near the jury box. In any criminal trial in Massachusetts the prosecution is seated near the jury, the defense on the opposite side. See more »


1st Judge: [adressing two lawyers in court] What are you two, a comedy team?
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Referenced in Psych: Murder?... Anyone?... Anyone?... Bueller? (2008) See more »

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A perfect example of why we should continue to ask the question: 'Why did Judd Nelson seemingly fade away to unknown obscurity?'
23 May 2000 | by (IRELAND) – See all my reviews

Once again we are reminded of the waste of a fantastic actor, and question why it was that Judd Nelson faded so quickly into TV limbo-land. In 'From the Hip' he might as well be playing John Bender, 5 years on from his Saturday morning detention in 'The Breakfast Club'. All the Bender traits are there - the showcasing, the cunning, the witty comments, and the lovable rogue charm. An excellent supporting cast keep the pace going, with John Hurt turning in one of his finest performances. The only problem I had with this movie is that it doesn't know whether it wants to be a comedy or a grizzly murder mystery. Despite that, it is a shame that this is one of those movies that not a great deal of people even know exists. I do admit I'm a big Judd Nelson fan (only please don't ever mention 'Blindfold - Acts of Obsession'!) so maybe I'm biased regarding the quality of this film, although I think there is something here that will appeal to everybody, right down to an obligatory romance (though i found it strange that although Robin's girlfriend tells him she loves him on 4 separate occasions, never once does he utter the words back to her).Know what? I should really get out more! EXCELSIOR.

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