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The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

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A lawyer defending a wealthy man begins to believe his client is guilty of more than just one crime.

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Brad Furman

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John Romano (screenplay), Michael Connelly (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Mick Haller
Marisa Tomei ... Maggie McPherson
Ryan Phillippe ... Louis Roulet
William H. Macy ... Frank Levin
Josh Lucas ... Ted Minton
John Leguizamo ... Val Valenzuela
Michael Peña ... Jesus Martinez
Bob Gunton ... Cecil Dobbs
Frances Fisher ... Mary Windsor
Bryan Cranston ... Detective Lankford
Trace Adkins ... Eddie Vogel
Laurence Mason ... Earl
Margarita Levieva ... Reggie Campo
Pell James ... Lorna
Shea Whigham ... Corliss
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Storyline

Mick Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of his Lincoln. When a wealthy Realtor is accused of assaulting a prostitute, Haller is asked to defend him. The man claims that the woman is trying to get some money out of him. But when Haller looks at the evidence against him, he learns that this case might be linked to an old case of his. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for some violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lincoln Lawyer See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,206,453, 20 March 2011

Gross USA:

$58,009,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,009,200
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The pistol Haller is given by his chauffeur is a vintage S&W 5906 9mm with adjustable sights. It is an earlier model, made in 1989-1991 before S&W began using a rounded trigger guard. A heavy, all stainless steel handgun, it is also approved for duty carry by the LAPD. See more »

Goofs

At one point in the court case, the bailiff is asked to remove the jury from the courtroom. The door to the courtroom is heard closing off camera, just a split second after several jury members are shown to still be in the courtroom. See more »

Quotes

Mick Haller: When do you retire, Lankford?
Detective Lankford: When do I retire?
Mick Haller: Yeah.
Detective Lankford: Eighteen months. Why?
Mick Haller: I wanna make sure I show up the next morning so I can kick your ass.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.9 (2011) See more »

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107 Degrees
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"Attorney Client Privilege, This Is All Confidential"
18 March 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Playing the title role in The Lincoln Lawyer is Matthew McConaughey so nicknamed because he conducts most of his business from his Lincoln Town Car which is chauffeured by Laurence Mason. As he has to travel to and from various courts, this makes it a whole easier. And the car and Mason thereby become a business expense. Roy Cohn would have been proud.

McConaughey is no idealist, his services come at a price. But it turns out he has some scruples and they are put to the test when rich boy Ryan Phillippe and his mother Frances Fisher hire him to defend Ryan when he's arrested for rape. He was literally caught in the act as two neighbors broke in and held him for the cops for raping Marguerite Levieva.

Due to the canons of the Bar Association ethics McConaughey finds himself in a jackpot similar to the one Al Pacino found himself when he played a young idealistic lawyer in And Justice For All. But the results are a whole lot different because McConaughey is not an idealist and he makes those canons work for him.

The film looks like the pilot of a TV series, but I doubt we'll get any of the big name stars there if such a thing comes to pass. Marisa Tomei co-stars as McConaughey's ex-wife and a prosecutor to boot. Can't imagine what broke that marriage up. William H. Macy has a key role in this film as well as a private investigator who works for McConaughey and does very well in it.

The Lincoln Lawyer is a very well done addition to the legal cinema with a cast that fills its roles out to a "T". I would really recommend renting the Al Pacino classic And Justice For All and see the very great similarities and key differences in both of these films.


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