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The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

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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 ... See full summary »



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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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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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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Did You Know?


The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei; and two Oscar nominees: William H. Macy and Bryan Cranston. See more »


The license plate on Mick Haller's car is NTGUILTY. California plates only allow for seven letters/numbers. NTGUILTY has eight. See more »


Mick Haller: [to the bikers beating up Louis] Hospital, not the morgue.
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"Attorney Client Privilege, This Is All Confidential"
18 March 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Playing the title role in The Lincoln Lawyer is Matthew McConaughey so nicknamed because he conducts most of his business from his Lincoln Town Car which is chauffeured by Laurence Mason. As he has to travel to and from various courts, this makes it a whole easier. And the car and Mason thereby become a business expense. Roy Cohn would have been proud.

McConaughey is no idealist, his services come at a price. But it turns out he has some scruples and they are put to the test when rich boy Ryan Phillippe and his mother Frances Fisher hire him to defend Ryan when he's arrested for rape. He was literally caught in the act as two neighbors broke in and held him for the cops for raping Marguerite Levieva.

Due to the canons of the Bar Association ethics McConaughey finds himself in a jackpot similar to the one Al Pacino found himself when he played a young idealistic lawyer in And Justice For All. But the results are a whole lot different because McConaughey is not an idealist and he makes those canons work for him.

The film looks like the pilot of a TV series, but I doubt we'll get any of the big name stars there if such a thing comes to pass. Marisa Tomei co-stars as McConaughey's ex-wife and a prosecutor to boot. Can't imagine what broke that marriage up. William H. Macy has a key role in this film as well as a private investigator who works for McConaughey and does very well in it.

The Lincoln Lawyer is a very well done addition to the legal cinema with a cast that fills its roles out to a "T". I would really recommend renting the Al Pacino classic And Justice For All and see the very great similarities and key differences in both of these films.

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