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From the Hip (1987)

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Apprentice lawyer Robin Weathers turns a civil suit into a headline grabbing charade. He must re-examine his scruples after his shenanigans win him a promotion in his firm, and he must now ... See full summary »

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Bob Clark

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Bob Clark, David E. Kelley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judd Nelson ... Robin 'Stormy' Weathers
Elizabeth Perkins ... Jo Ann
John Hurt ... Douglas Benoit
Darren McGavin ... Craig Duncan
Dan Monahan ... Larry
David Alan Grier ... Steve Hadley
Nancy Marchand ... Roberta Winnaker
Allan Arbus ... Phil Ames
Edward Winter ... Raymond Torkenson
Richard Zobel Richard Zobel ... Matt Cowens
Ray Walston ... 1st Judge
Robert Irvin Elliott Robert Irvin Elliott ... Scott Murray
Beatrice Winde Beatrice Winde ... 2nd Judge
Art Hindle ... Lt. Matt Sosha
Priscilla Pointer ... Mrs. Martha Williams
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Apprentice lawyer Robin Weathers turns a civil suit into a headline grabbing charade. He must re-examine his scruples after his shenanigans win him a promotion in his firm, and he must now defend a college professor who is apparently guilty of murder. Written by Scott Minkin <sminkin@bbn.com>

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Getting To The Top Means Working Like A Dog! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ügyvéd, aki szelet vetett és sikert aratott See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$9,518,342
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Television Producer Steven Bochco hired Writer David E. Kelley to write for his series L.A. Law (1986), after reading this script. See more »

Goofs

The courtroom set up is wrong. Benoit, Weathers, and the defense team sit near the jury box. In any criminal trial in Massachusetts the prosecution is seated near the jury, the defense on the opposite side. See more »

Quotes

Douglas Benoit: Let me explain something to you, Mr. Weathers. Through the vicissitudes of wholly gratuitous genetic accidents, I was visited with extremely high intelligence. I was further blessed - or burdened, as it were - with certain physical traits that would suggest, shall we say, "good breeding." Now, in this proletarian stew which we laughingly call society, these attributes are not always advantageous.
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Referenced in Boston Legal: The Bride Wore Blood (2007) See more »

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Should have concentrated on second story
4 October 1999 | by stills-6See all my reviews

A funny, insightful script that is treated a bit too lightly by the principals. No one looks like they're taking the story seriously except John Hurt, whose performance towers above everyone else's (it's too bad he only occupies the screen for 20 or so minutes). There are the odd moments of idiocy, and the entire effect is like an above average episode of a television law drama.

My favorite scene is where Judd Nelson crouches behind a table full of classic literature, tossing out books at the judge. Sometimes, Nelson doesn't quite know what his character is doing, but he manages to entertain and keep the focus on him.

But the first half of the movie is farce and the second half (Hurt's story) is serious drama. At one point this is signaled by Dan Monahan, who says, "This isn't fun anymore." There are some good gags throughout and the drama could hold its own if the first part of the movie weren't so long. It could have been shortened considerably to make the John Hurt story longer and more effective. I enjoyed watching this movie and would recommend it to anyone who likes television law type shows.


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