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...and justice for all. (1979)

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A lawyer is forced to defend a guilty judge, while defending other innocent clients, and trying to find punishment for the guilty and provide justice for the innocent.

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Norman Jewison
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Arthur Kirkland
Jack Warden ... Judge Francis Rayford
John Forsythe ... Judge Henry T. Fleming
Lee Strasberg ... Grandpa Sam
Jeffrey Tambor ... Jay Porter
Christine Lahti ... Gail Packer
Sam Levene ... Arnie
Robert Christian Robert Christian ... Ralph Agee
Thomas G. Waites ... Jeff McCullaugh (as Thomas Waites)
Larry Bryggman ... Warren Fresnell
Craig T. Nelson ... Frank Bowers
Dominic Chianese ... Carl Travers
Victor Arnold ... Leo Fauci
Vincent Beck Vincent Beck ... Officer Leary
Michael Gorrin ... Elderly Man
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Storyline

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 Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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rape | judge | attorney | lawyer | court | See All (136) »

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This man needs the best lawyer in town. But the problem is... he is the best lawyer in town. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

And Justice for All See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$33,300,000, 31 December 1979
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Co-screenwriter Barry Levinson said of the film's central character Arthur Kirkland who is played by Al Pacino: "The character is not a celebrity lawyer like a Perry Mason or an F. Lee Bailey. He's a guy who's trying to practice his profession honestly and responsibly, without getting disbarred. Which is itself crazy". Arthur Kirkland, Levinson says, first came to life as a minor character in a different screenplay. Levinson said: "But he became so likable and important to me that I dropped the other script and began working with Valerie [Curtin] on this one". See more »

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Camera and crew in reflection of window as Arthur leaves with Carl in the new car. See more »

Quotes

William Zinoff: This is not the McCarthy hearings.
Arthur Kirkland: Oh that's a relief. So you aren't going to ask me 'are you now or have you ever been a lawyer?'
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Soundtracks

Something Funny Goin' On
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Sung by Zachary Sanders (as Zack Sanders) and the N.Y. Jailhouse Ensemble
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Excellent legal drama
31 August 2002 | by tracynormanSee all my reviews

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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