An attorney is hired to defend a notorious mobster which he has been trying to send away for years while working as a prosecutor.

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Joseph Scassi
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Paul Dellacroce
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Joan Armstrong
Roger Wilson ...
Frankie Dellacroce
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Maria
Greg Rogers ...
Peters
Hagan Beggs ...
Stern
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Adams
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Angela
Liduina Vanderspek ...
Judge Keen (as Liduin Currell)
Harvey Dumansky ...
Joey
Dave 'Squatch' Ward ...
Buddha
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Cabbie
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Tino
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Whoopie
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An attorney is hired to defend a notorious mobster which he has been trying to send away for years while working as a prosecutor.

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Power Corrupts.

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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1 August 1995 (USA)  »

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A Força da Lei  »

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Peters is identified as the District Attorney, and Paul Delacroce is identified as an Assistant District Attorney. However, the movie talks about federal trials. The correct term for a federal prosecutor is U.S. Attorney, and his assistants are Assistant U.S. Attorneys. See more »

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(I'M IN) OVER MY HEAD
Written by Dane DeViller & Sean Hosein
Sung by Gordie Maxwell
Published by Banana Toons, SOCAN
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Idealistic lawyer allows himself to be "turned around" by manipulative crime boss.
19 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

Being a fan of Elias Koteas, I happened along this little gem of a movie. It's one of the only times I can remember seeing him as a leading man, usually he plays off-beat quirky roles a la "Exotica" and "Crash". All in all, he is very convincing as an ambitious lawyer, who succumbs not only to money but to pride as well. The story starts off slowly but before you know it, it sucks you into it's Machiavellian plot. The film's style is naturalistic and you almost feel like you are in the same room as the characters. Danny Aiello, who usually plays blustery, larger than life characters, gives a wonderfully nuanced performance of a John Gotti type character. It would have been very easy for him to turn this stereotypcal don into a Godfather cliche, but instead, the director chose for him to play down the part. Although the production value could have been better(the music sucks and doubling Vancouver for New York was a poor choice) I feel that this intelligent courtroom drama is worth checking out.


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