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Trial and Error (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 30 May 1997 (USA)
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An actor poses as a lawyer to help his sick friend, and problems develop.

Director:

Jonathan Lynn

Writers:

Sara Bernstein (story), Gregory Bernstein (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Richards ... Richard Rietti
Jeff Daniels ... Charles Tuttle
Charlize Theron ... Billie Tyler
Jessica Steen ... Elizabeth
Austin Pendleton ... Judge Paul Z. Graff
Rip Torn ... Benny Gibbs
Alexandra Wentworth ... Tiffany
Jennifer Coolidge ... Jacqueline
Lawrence Pressman ... Whitfield
Dale Dye ... Dr. Stone
Max Casella ... Dr. Brown
McNally Sagal ... Charles' Assistant
Kenneth White Kenneth White ... Hank Crabbit
Keith Mills Keith Mills ... Buck Norman
Zaid Farid Zaid Farid ... Bailiff
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Lawyer Charlie Tuttle is defending his wife's relative Benny Gibbs in a class action fraud suit, but when he gets to the city where court takes place, he gets drunk and the following day, when the hearings begin, his friend, actor Richard Rjetti takes his place posing as Charlie. The bad thing is that Richard doesn't know anything about being a lawyer, and Charlie has to teach him as the court goes on. Written by Marcos Eduardo Acosta Aldrete

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THE 2nd MOST OUTRAGEOUS TRIAL OF THE CENTURY See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Wentworth, and McNally Sagal all made guest appearances on Seinfeld (1989), in which Michael Richards starred for its entire run. See more »

Quotes

Richard Rietti: Maybe he's the person that he con'd the most. I mean we all do that, you know. We all keep a little bit of ourselves hidden. Cuz if we didn't, well, then we'd have to look at who we are. Who we really are. And if we didn't like it, well, we'd have nobody to blame but ourselves.
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Crazy Credits

Sound technician Brian McPherson is credited as "hothead technician." See more »


Soundtracks

Reading My Heart
Written by Paul Nelson, Jeff Borders & Gayla Borders
Performed by Lorrie Morgan
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Ent.
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mindless humor, great afternoon film
9 June 2006 | by mgrastySee all my reviews

Lots of A-list actors, simple story to follow with light hearted humor. Another movie showing how beautiful Charlize Theron is, fans of her will appreciate that. Michael Richards is funny as always. Jeff Daniels is very good, none of that stupid humor like in Dumb and Dumber. Austin Pendleton plays his typical character, goofy yet professional. The whole movie is very predictable but the actors that are cast keep it interesting. Recommend watching it without great expectations. So for a relaxing afternoon stick a bag of popcorn in the microwave and rent this movie for an hour and a half of a good story with entertaining acting.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Winnemucca See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,903,529, 1 June 1997

Gross USA:

$13,602,831

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,598,571
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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