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Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | 22 November 2017 (USA)
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Roman J. Israel, Esq., a driven, idealistic defense attorney, finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action.



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynda Gravatt ...
Vernita Wells (as Lynda Gravátt)
Connor Novick
Jessie Salinas
Security Bailiff
Hallway Bailiff
Melina Nassour (Ass't. DA)
Court Officer Bailiff


ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action. Colin Farrell costars as the monied, cutthroat lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm. Written by Sony Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


All rise.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 November 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Inner City  »

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Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,962,712, 19 February 2018
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Originally titled 'Inner City.' See more »


At about 0:49:48, as Roman and Maya are assisting the possible dead homeless person, Maya receives a call on her cell. When she "answers" the call the screen goes to sleep. During the call, the screen illuminates because of movement and reflects on her face. Neither would happen if she was actually answering then using the telephone feature on today's smart phones. See more »


Roman J. Israel, Esq.: We are formed of frailty and error. Let us pardon reciprocally each other's follies. That is the first law of nature.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bill Hader/Arcade Fire (2018) See more »


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This is not a cinematic universe or comic book blockbuster ITS A REAL MEANINGFUL MOVIE
3 February 2018 | by See all my reviews


I left this movie out because I thought it was a 'lawyer get mixed with the wrong guys type a movie bad guys and cops" but its really not that at all. Its about this adorable character (which I never thought I'd say that about Denzel Washington) that basically does charity through his profession as a lawyer. The movie is about moral values in a world were profit is preventing us from making the right choices.

Denzel's performance far surpasses a Oscar win, even if he doesn't win it, he did a fantastic job on this movie. Theres a scene involving a homeless person and oh how it summarises our robotic inhuman society and what we think is the right thing to do.

Denzel Washington, Sir, if you ever read this, I would like to thank you for trying your best to choose movies and roles that ASPIRE, TEACH AND INFLUENCE. I have watched all your movies and they have caused me to learn about many things and be a better person. Thank you also to the director, who wrote the movie as well.


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