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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 reexamine... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (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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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 »
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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Seeing the funny side., 26 August 2009
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Mmm, I liked it… quite a bit. Bob Clark writes/directs this comedy courtroom drama with many screwball antics but also well managed serious elements. Having it sit in both camps could've been disastrous, but while it isn't always 100% in convening them together. I found it hard not be gripped, and trying to wipe the grin of my face. However it's a glowingly clever little concept (falling in two parts), which is brought across by Judd Nelson's bouncy performance. He plays Robin Weathers a young, brash Boston lawyer that goes about things in a very unconventional manner, but these questionable methods gets the results. Embarrassment for his firm, but everyone else loves it. So after his first big win, he joins the firm's partnership and then finds himself dumped with a murder case which he has no hope of winning. This was purposely done, so his partners could get rid of him.

The smart-lipped script is very agreeable with the smooth flowing pace and playful score adding to the amusing diversions. The comical interplay is quite heavy with ballistic energy in the early stages as the courtroom is a show-stopping circus of noisy gags (which has great snappy performance from Ray Walston as the judge of the courtroom), but when it gets to the main case that's when those dramatic aspects mingle in (like its stinging if transparent climax), but never leaving the theatrically colorful zinger and humour behind. Clark makes it work, as it's never over-cooked and has a purpose to steering the action and situations. John Hurt is amazing as the intensely cocky defendant that Nelson's character must try to acquit. There's fine support from the likes of Darren McGavin, Dan Monahan, David Alan Grier, Nancy Marchand and undoubtedly lovable Elizabeth Perkins (whose beautiful smile simply lights up a room).

A novel crowd-pleaser that's always thinking on its feet.

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