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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)  »

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?


Matthew McConaughey also played a defense attorney in the 1996 film, A Time To Kill, along side Samuel L. Jackson and Sandra Bullock. See more »


After Mick shoots Mary Windsor the hammer should be back due to the slide ejecting the cartridge and putting another in the chamber but it is clearly not cocked back. See more »


Mick Haller: I checked the list of people I trust and your name ain't on it.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.146 (2012) See more »


Written by Nona Gaye, Marvin Gaye, Marvin P. Gaye, Erick Sermon and Frank Gaye
Performed by Erick Sermon featuring Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of J Records
Contains a sample of "Music"
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

A thoughtful ride with characters and intriguing conflicts of innocence and guilt
23 March 2011 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The titular Lincoln lawyer is smooth Mick Haller who is just as smooth as Matthew McConaughey. His sleaziness is entertaining, but his lawyering is smart and intriguing. This film has pretty much the perfect mix of a smart plot, with inventive twists, amusing one-liners, and captivating thought-out characters.

Limited action and instead using characters who have an actual story, we get a film that sets itself above its competitors. A charming, but also smart and strong, Matthew McConaughey introduces us to a lawyer who has a few inner turmoils that develop along with the plot. There may be a few too many twists in the story (and with the camera), but the evolution of McConaughey's Haller is rather subtle and not cliché.

Questions of innocence versus guilt surround Louis (Ryan Phillippe) as Haller agrees to take on his case. But as the case starts to collide with incidents of the past, present and future, similar questions of guilt and innocence start plaguing Haller, his other clients, and the other lawyers. The fact that all these other characters are played by great actors only increases the entertainment value of this film. I highly recommend taking a thoughtful ride with "The Lincoln Lawyer".

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