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Darrow (1991)

The life and career of Clarence Darrow, the noted American lawyer and civil libertarian.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Tracey ...
Eugene Prendergast
Gerard Malone ...
Young Paul Darrow
Jessie Darrow
Harry Goz ...
Marvin Hughitt
Eugene Debs
Bill Alton ...
Michael Lewis ...
Jack Dolan
Larry John Meyers ...
Judge Grosscup
Don Wadsworth ...
Thomas Milchrist
Neil Vipond ...
Edward Lorber
Frances Foster ...
Elsa Jackson
John Christopher Jones ...
Edgar Lee Masters
Lillian Anderson


In the 1890s, Clarence Darrow was a corporate railroad lawyer who had a crisis of conscience when he saw the plight of the underprivileged. In response, Darrow quits to fight in the courts on their behalf. In a career that would mark him as the Lawyer for the Damned, we follow Darrow's life through his highs like his labor victories to the low of the hopeless McNamara trial that got him indicted for jury tampering. After all that, he rebuilds his life as a master criminal defense lawyer that would lead him to one of his greatest cases with the Leopold and Loeb trial. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Kevin Spacey and Chris Cooper later appeared in A Time to Kill (1996) and American Beauty (1999). See more »


Clarence Darrow: [I was reading last night of the aspiration of the old Persian poet, Omar-Khayyam,he told the judge. It appealed to me as the highest that I can vision. I wish it was in my heart, and I wish it was in the hearts of all: So I be written in the Book of Love; I do not care about that Book above. Erase my name, or write it as you will, So I be written in the Book of Love]
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Move over Verbal and Lester
16 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is my all time favorite movie. You must help fight for those who are placed into the spots of weakness in our society. And death is never the answer!!!!! Even for the most hideous crimes. Forget Usual Suspects and American Beauty --this is Spacey at his best!! Mr Darrow was a man that fought for what we take for granted today in this country. Watch this movie and you will appreciate what we today see as common laws. A movie like this will help us never forget the pain and suffering people like Mr. Darrow were willing to endure to offer future generations a better life. I recently visited the poor villages of a third world country and this movie came to mind as I saw many people who live without basic protections from exploitation. It is movie choices like this that have made me a Spacey Fan for life. Jackie

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