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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Richard Rietti
... Charles Tuttle
... Billie Tyler
... Elizabeth
... Judge Paul Z. Graff
... Benny Gibbs
... Tiffany
... Jacqueline
... Whitfield
... Dr. Stone
... Dr. Brown
... Charles' Assistant
Kenneth White ... Hank Crabbit
Keith Mills ... Buck Norman
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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A defense this dumb, has got to be a crime! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Advogado por Engano  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,903,529, 1 June 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,548,764, 27 July 1997
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In Italy, the film was released under the title "Ancora più scemo", wich means "Even more Dumber". This was done to make the audience believe that the movie was a sequel to Dumb and Dumber (1994). See more »

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Elizabeth: [Elizabeth's entire closing argument] The defendant sold pennies for 39 dollars and 95 cents.
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Sound technician Brian McPherson is credited as "hothead technician." See more »


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Teach Me Tonight
Written by Sammy Cahn & Gene de Paul
Performed by Oscar Peterson
Courtesy of Verve Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Rietti!!!!
18 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Richard Rietti!!! Best character name in movie history. Worth the price of admission just to watch Rietti fall and bumble...and fall...and bumble. Let us also not forget another vintage performance by the one and only Rip Torn. I would pay money to watch a Ron Popeil Infomercial if Rip Torn was prominently involved.

Jeff Daniels gets it done as the schlub lawyer who likes his chicken salad with mustard, not mayonnaise. Finally, we have Charlize Theron at her absolute apex (lookswise, not as an actress...clearly). You just knew it would lead to bigger & better things for her, and it did.

Worth checking out. RIETTI!!!!!


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