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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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  (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
David W. Strong .... lighting technician
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)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Robin 'Stormy' Weathers:Is this your idea of a pep talk?See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Flintstones" (1960)See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A little known, great great movie, 10 December 2009
Author: lunny100 from United Kingdom

Quite simply I love this movie, not because I have an affinity to any of the actors but simply because it's a very easy way to pass a couple of hours.

For movie which attempts to broach one of the legal systems greatest dilemmas (how to defend the guilty) the screenwriters and director somehow manage to deal with the issue seriously yet without allowing the movie to become heavy and dry.

You will laugh as there are many genuinely funny scenes and yet you will also appreciate the very real and serious ethical dilemma "stormy" finds himself in.

John Hurt does steal the show somewhat with a performance that is nothing short of chilling, but the movie is not just about John and the supporting cast are pretty good as well. Criticism of Judd Nelson for this role is certainly unwarranted.

If you want a nice easy watch, which you can chose to just enjoy or to actually have a proper think about then this is a very good place to start.

Do yourself a favour find the movie in a bargain bin, watch it and wonder why you never bothered to see it before

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