When a judge is charged with rape, Arthur Kirkland is forced to defend him. Kirkland has had problems with the judge in the past, including one incident when the judge wrongly sentenced his client Jeff McCullaugh because of a technicality. Kirkland faces a moral and legal dilemma.Written by
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Co-scriptwriter Barry Levinson said of researching the film in real life American courtrooms: "The first thing that strikes you is not to trust your first impressions. We'd see someone and say, 'Gee, he looks like a nice guy,' then discover that he'd butchered his whole neighborhood. The second reaction is that truth and justice aren't necessarily the same. Every trial is a unique personal drama with different motivations, different circumstances. Yet we want the law - the verdict - to be absolute". See more »
When Arthur and Gail argue about Jay appearing before the committee, Arthur's position on the pillow changes. In the same sequence, the position of the pillow itself also changes. See more »
In this movie Al Pacino once again proves my point that he (Al Pacino) is one of the greatest actors off all time. By 1979 he had already pretty much proven this but never the less this is one of his best films yet. Even without Al Pacino this movie would be great.(Not near as great but never the less)I mean it is also very well directed and the screen play alone is magnificently written. So if you are a Pacino fan, or even if your not a Pacino fan i am telling you, that to die without seeing this movie is a sin.
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