The Judge (2001)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  6 May 2001 (USA)
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Everything brilliant and compassionate defense attorney Paul Madriani stands for is put to the test when he's hired to defend an indefensible adversary. Baltimore's Judge Armando Acosti's ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Madriani
Judge Armando Acosta
Catherine Rosetti
Judge Harlan Radovich
Coleman Kline
Harry Hobbs
Brittany Hill
Gus Lano (as Peter MacNeil)
Lily Acosta
Alec McClure ...
Tony Rosetti
Roman Podhora
Howard Jerome
Brett Porter ...
Sgt. Frost
Jordy Benattar ...
Kimberly Hill
Philip Akin ...
Mel (as Phil Akin)


Everything brilliant and compassionate defense attorney Paul Madriani stands for is put to the test when he's hired to defend an indefensible adversary. Baltimore's Judge Armando Acosti's harsh and inflexible rulings are notorious. His unjust sentence of attorney Paul Madriani's latest client, an abused wife charged with the murder of her husband, is proof. But Madriani soon finds himself in a curious position of power over the judge. Acosti is arrested for soliciting a prostitute-undercover vice cop, Brittany Hill, who's called in as key witness for the prosecution. Acosti denies the charges, but when Hill is murdered-and all evidence points to the judge - Acosti finds himself in desperate need of a savvy defense. The irony isn't lost on Madriani. Neither is the question of whether or not his unlikely new client is indeed, innocent. Acosti has a motive, no alibi, an aggressive nature and temper, and a scandalous reputation for consorting with prostitutes. Mounting Acosti's defense is... Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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The Charge is Murder. The Defense May Be a Crime.


Crime | Drama | Mystery





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Steve Martini's The Judge  »

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When the right front wheel comes off the red pickup and it rolls, after it comes to rest on its wheels, the right front tire can be seen in the wheel well. See more »


Written by John Bishop
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This movie is about as good as a court scene movie can be. Chris Noth, while up to now has not had winning shows, in this Hallmark showing he does a very convincing job as the lead defense lawyer, and acts with force and fine precision. The movie is long, 3½ hours, and without complaint, it had me on the edge, without a clue as to how events would work out. Lolita Davidovich does a fine job, too bad we didn't see a bit more of her, and Charles Durning is his usual forceful self. Edward Olmos, as the accused, played the role of a complex, believable judge. All of the players, fit their roles very well. This is a sleeper with future potential. Basil

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