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Trial and Error (1997)

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An actor poses as a lawyer to help his sick friend, and problems develop.

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Jonathan Lynn

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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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Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Advogado por Engano See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$13,548,764, 27 July 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Austin Pendleton (who was a judge in this film) previously appeared as a stammering defense lawyer in My Cousin Vinny (1992). See more »

Quotes

Charles Tuttle: My kindergarten teacher. I was four. She said I was too advanced for my class, and so they skipped a grade. I didn't want to be skipped, but everybody acted like I was so special. Then pretty soon I working even harder to get skipped all over again. And that, my friend, is how you end up in the junkyard.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Bouquet of Roses
Written by Steve Nelson & Bob Hilliard
Performed by Leon Redbone
Courtesy of Private Records
A Division of BMG Entertainment
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Great Courtroom Comedy
3 April 2007 | by bessy042000See all my reviews

This is an interesting and hilariously funny movie! A lawyer about to get married is incapacitated after a bachelor party just prior to a court appearance on a routine case where he represents the defendant. His buddy, an unemployed actor, takes his place at the trial for what is supposed to be a 5 minute appearance. The attractive female prosecutor wants to move on with the case, and the substitute lawyer is committed to participate in the trial. The recovering real lawyer meets a cute waitress and enjoys her company on his day off, only later to find that his friend's errors in court force a continued role as his doppelganger. The courtroom scenes are are absolutely hilarious, as are the off-courtroom romantic entanglements of both friends. Don't miss this movie! It's the kind you will enjoy seeing over and over again.


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