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Trial and Error (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 30 May 1997 (USA)
An actor poses as a lawyer to help his sick friend, and problems develop.

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Lawyer Charlie Tuttle is defending his wife's relative Benny Gibbs in a class action fraud suit, but when he gets to the city where court takes place, he gets drunk and the following day, when the hearings begin, his friend, actor Richard Rjetti takes his place posing as Charlie. The bad thing is that Richard doesn't know anything about being a lawyer, and Charlie has to teach him as the court goes on. Written by Marcos Eduardo Acosta Aldrete

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A defense this dumb, has got to be a crime! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Advogado por Engano  »

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$4,903,529 (USA) (30 May 1997)

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$13,548,764 (USA) (25 July 1997)
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Trivia

Austin Pendleton (who was a judge in this film) previously appeared as a stammering defense lawyer in My Cousin Vinny (1992) , another courtroom comedy movie. See more »

Quotes

Charles Tuttle: I don't pose, I don't preen, I don't put perjured testimony on the stand. I don't make a mockery of the American legal system.
Richard Rietti: Well, you have your style, and I got mine.
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Sound technician Brian McPherson is credited as "hothead technician." See more »


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Over Nevada
Written by Tim Spencer
Performed by Trudy Fair
Courtesy of Cow Baby Music and Heavy Harmony Music
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A Most Entertaining Movie
19 July 2000 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I found this movie to be most entertaining, with all the cast giving excellent performances. I'm not one to criticise or analyse, but tend to view a film as a whole. The courtroom scenes were infomative(as to procedure)as well as amusing, and the romantic interest was endearing. Especially enchanting was Charlize Theron, as waitress Billie Tyler, as she was cheerful, kindly, and even brave (when she thought she had lost her boyfriend to a rival). Yet it was she who innocently caused the whole problem - by serving her own alcoholic cocktail!

I'm putting this movie among my favourites.


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