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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Windsor
Eddie Vogel


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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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)  »

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Culpable o inocente  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£571,836 (UK) (18 March 2011)


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

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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: I checked the list of people I trust and your name ain't on it.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.48 (2012) See more »


107 Degrees
Written by Citizen Cope (as Clarence Greenwood)
Performed by Citizen Cope
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

Solid courtroom thriller with excellent performance by Matthew McConaughey and a five-twist ending...
25 March 2011 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Agatha Christie would be proud of the five-twist ending to THE LINCOLN LAWYER. The film is clearly top-notch and street smart. It's the most efficient, solidly crafted courtroom thriller since PRIMAL FEAR and WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION. It has so many twists and turns that it's likely that Agatha Christie would be proud of it.

It also reignites the career of Matthew McConaughey as an actor, not just a charismatic star. He manages to be smoothly appealing despite playing a corrupt lawyer who has no scruples in defending guilty clients as long as they provide the cash flow he demands. It's only after defending RYAN PHILLIPPE from a charge of murder and rape that he realizes he does have a few scruples left. And the plot twists provided by the screenwriter John Romano from the novel by Michael Connelly, are deftly handled for maximum shock effect. Brad Furman keeps the direction tight, forceful and swift-moving.

The cast surrounding McConaughey has been selected with care and all of them offer realistic performances. Marisa Tomei is appealing as his ex-wife who knows his shortcomings but is still attracted to him, and William H. Macy delivers a solid performance as his investigator friend. Ryan Phillippe is excellent as the client whose surface appearance belies the fact that he's as street smart as his sleazy lawyer, and FRANCES FISHER is outstanding in a small but pivotal role as the young man's protective mother.

Not since the days of PRIMAL FEAR and WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION has there been a more intelligent script than this one, designed to baffle and blindside the viewer in the course of unraveling some startling surprises.

By all means, highly recommended for fans of this genre.

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