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The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  18 March 2011 (USA)
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A defense attorney has a crisis of conscience when he represents a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to beat the system.



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Mary Windsor
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Mick Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of his Lincoln. When a wealthy Realtor is accused of assaulting a prostitute, Haller is asked to defend him. The man claims that the woman is trying to get some money out of him. But when Haller looks at the evidence against him, he learns that this case might be linked to an old case of his. Written by

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Culpable o inocente  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£571,836 (UK) (18 March 2011)


$57,981,889 (USA) (15 July 2011)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Exists in the same universe as Blood Work (2002) and Bosch (2014). See more »


At one point in the court case, the bailiff is asked to remove the jury from the courtroom. The door to the courtroom is heard closing off camera, just a split second after several jury members are shown to still be in the courtroom. See more »


Mick Haller: You know what my father always said about an innocent client?
Frank Levin: [sarcastically] No, I've never heard this...
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Referenced in Danni Lowinski: Ungeheuerlich (2012) See more »


Written by Ari Hest and Alex Wong
Performed by Ari Hest
Courtesy of Shamrock Solutions LTD and Finchcrest LLP
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User Reviews

Great Movie!!!
18 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

I found this movie very enjoyable. Matthew McConaughey played a very believable and spot on performance as Mick...I think the casting decisions were great Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Josh Lucas, etc. Did a fabulous job. The plot line was fantastic and left you on the edge of your seat, the script was enjoyable, with both serious dramatic scenes to funny lines that left the whole theatre laughing. Over all a great movie thats targeted toward an older audience 30's-60's. But I'm 13 and my mother took me and I loved it. Although I'm a teenager and most of us just like a bunch of romantic-comedies, I have a wider genre of love in movies. Hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did.

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