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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.

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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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Storyline

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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A defense this dumb, has got to be a crime! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jennifer Tilly was originally cast as Billie Tyler. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: [Elizabeth's entire closing argument] The defendant sold pennies for 39 dollars and 95 cents.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Turn Me Loose
Written by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment
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Not hilarious, but it was funny.
27 April 2002 | by LebowskiT1000See all my reviews

I've always been a fan of Michael Richards, Jeff Daniels and who doesn't love Charlize Theron? I couldn't dare say this movie anywhere near the top 10 funniest movies I've ever seen, but it's got some really good stuff in it. If you're a fan of Charlize Theron like I am, than you really don't need to know anything else other than the fact that she is in the film.

The only real complaint I have about the movie is the way that Jeff Daniels gets detained from court in the first place. I thought they could have come up with a better way of getting Michael Richards in the court room than having Jeff Daniels get in a bar fight and then taking too much medicine to go to court the next day.

Anyhow, if you have the time and like the actors in the film, then go ahead and see it, but I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see it. Thanks for reading.

-Chris


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