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From the Hip -- Rising legal star Robin Weathers must reexamine not only his ethics, but also his career decision as he grows to suspect his own client's guilt in a murder/rape case.
From the Hip -- US Home Video Trailer from Anchor Bay Entertainment


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David E. Kelley (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 February 1987 (USA) See more »
Getting To The Top Means Working Like A Dog! See more »
Apprentice lawyer Robin Weathers turns a civil suit into a headline grabbing charade. He must re-examine... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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?' See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judd Nelson ... Robin 'Stormy' Weathers

Elizabeth Perkins ... Jo Ann

John Hurt ... Douglas Benoit

Darren McGavin ... Craig Duncan

Dan Monahan ... Larry

David Alan Grier ... Steve Hadley

Nancy Marchand ... Roberta Winnaker

Allan Arbus ... Phil Ames
Edward Winter ... Raymond Torkenson
Richard Zobel ... Matt Cowens

Ray Walston ... 1st Judge
Robert Irvin Elliott ... Scott Murray
Beatrice Winde ... 2nd Judge

Art Hindle ... Lt. Matt Sosha

Priscilla Pointer ... Mrs. Martha Williams

Royce D. Applegate ... Mr. Wilby
Robert Inman ... TV Reporter
Jack Riel ... Bailiff
Pearl Jones ... Foreman
David Fitzsimmons ... Reporter
William Alspaugh ... Biggs

Terry Loughlin ... Malcolm
Jon Thompson ... Rampart
Lou Criscuolo ... McAlbee

H. Richard Greene ... Wilson

Ed Grady ... Baxter (as Ed L. Grady)
Everett Quinton ... Warren
Arthur J. Fasciani ... Bailiff-Benoit Trial

Robert Dickman ... Dr. Charles Peckham
George Hall ... Harvey Beals
Harvey Kirck ... TV Anchorman
Eric Tilley ... Charlie
Will Knickerbocker ... Security Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marc Hoffman ... Young lawyer #3 (uncredited)

Jerry Keys ... TV Cameraman (uncredited)
Robert J. Maxwell ... Courtroom Artist (uncredited)

Craig Richard Nelson ... Witness (uncredited)
Andrew Reilly ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Clark 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bob Clark 
David E. Kelley  screenplay
David E. Kelley  story

Produced by
Howard Baldwin .... executive producer
Bob Clark .... producer
René Dupont .... producer
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... associate producer (as Ken Heeley-Ray)
Bill Minot .... executive producer
Brian Russell .... executive producer
Original Music by
Paul Zaza 
Cinematography by
Dante Spinotti 
Film Editing by
Stan Cole 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Production Design by
Michael Stringer 
Art Direction by
Dennis Bradford 
Set Decoration by
Edward 'Tantar' LeViseur 
Costume Design by
Clifford Capone 
Makeup Department
Stefano Fava .... makeup artist
Bob Harper .... hair stylist (as Robert Harper)
Production Management
Marilyn Stonehouse .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ken Goch .... first assistant director
Jay Tobias .... second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Beck .... set dresser
Shaw Burney .... property master
Keith Darwin .... scenic
Tim Galvin .... assistant art director
Michael J. Hall .... propmaker
John D. Kretschmer .... leadman
James F. Oñate .... painter
Jeffrey Schlatter .... construction coordinator
Mark S. Turner .... sculptor
Dwain Wilson .... set dresser
Sound Department
David Appleby .... sound re-recording mixer
Anke Bakker .... assistant sound editor
Tony Currie .... dialogue editor
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... supervising sound editor
Sharon Lackie .... sound editor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Michael O'Farrell .... sound editor
David Stephenson .... sound recordist
Mike Tucker .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Chic Anstiss .... camera operator
Eric Bartsch .... grip
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer
Joe D'Alessandro .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Craig Fincannon .... additional casting
Mark Fincannon .... additional casting
Marcia Shulman .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Latham .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Sydney Conrad Shapiro .... assistant editor (as Sydney Conrad)
Melissa Wegman .... assistant editor
Other crew
Adrian Brunori .... production assistant
Angela Heald .... production coordinator
Sandra Marley .... script supervisor
Elizabeth Hipwell .... assistant to script supervisor (uncredited)

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111 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

TV producer Steven Bochco hired writer David E. Kelley to write for his series "L.A. Law" (1986) after reading this script.See more »
Douglas Benoit:Let me explain something to you, Mr. Weathers. Through the vicissitudes of wholly gratuitous genetic accidents, I was visited with extremely high intelligence. I was further blessed - or burdened, as it were - with certain physical traits that would suggest, shall we say, "good breeding." Now, in this proletarian stew which we laughingly call society, these attributes are not always advantageous.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
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
Author: Toadfish ( from IRELAND

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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