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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During the scene in the courtroom where Kirkland (Pacino) confronts Bower (Nelson), Bower tells Kirkland that this case is The Superbowl he's the quarterback with three seconds left on the clock. Nelson would later go on to play the lead and titular character in the TV Series Coach (1989) where he portrayed a university football coach for eight years of the series run. He also earned the nickname "Coach" . 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 »
[Arthur has agreed to go flying with Judge Rayford, thinking the Judge flies planes. But he is not pleased to find that the Judge flies helicopters]
Where are we going?
You wanna go someplace in particular?
No. Down, I would prefer to go down...
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Superb performances of all players without exception, but of course special mention has to go to Pacino who gives one of the best performances of his career. If you are interested in joining the legal profession (as I was), this is a must-see. Pacino is an over-worked, successful defence lawyer, juggling his heavy caseload. When a judge, whom he is publicly known to hate, is charged with Rape, Pacino is asked to defend him. Although this is the premise for the film, it is so beautifully entwined with many different, rich characters and a multitude of cases, it's almost unfair to even pinpoint the main thread. A perfect blend of tragedy, comedy and drama, I would rank this film in my all-time top 10.
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