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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

Writers:

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$58,009,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,145,086
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In "The Crossing" (2015), a Bosch novel by Michael Connelly that also features Haller, it's remarked that "He [Mick Haller] had received the ultimate imprimatur of L.A. acceptance - a movie about one of his cases starring no less than Matthew McConaughey." Furthermore, Haller was also asked by a reporter "if he had been in touch with Matthew McConaughey and if there would be a sequel to the Lincoln Lawyer film. Haller said he didn't know." See more »

Goofs

After Nick gets the parking ticket, he puts it in his right breast pocket. When he gets home he reads it again, but he pulls it out of his left breast pocket. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mick Haller: I tell you what Eddie, how about I do this one for free?
Eddie Vogel: [gestures at him and leaves]
Earl: Are you sure you're feeling all right?
Mick Haller: Repeat customers, Earl. We'll stick it to 'em next time...
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.11 (2011) See more »

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Nightcall
Written by Vincent Belorgey (as Vincent Pierre Belorgey) and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo (as Guy Homem Christo)
Performed by Vincent Belorgey (as Kavinsky) & Luísa Matsushita (as Lovefoxxx)
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Solid courtroom thriller with excellent performance by Matthew McConaughey and a five-twist ending...
25 March 2011 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Agatha Christie would be proud of the five-twist ending to THE LINCOLN LAWYER. The film is clearly top-notch and street smart. It's the most efficient, solidly crafted courtroom thriller since PRIMAL FEAR and WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION. It has so many twists and turns that it's likely that Agatha Christie would be proud of it.

It also reignites the career of Matthew McConaughey as an actor, not just a charismatic star. He manages to be smoothly appealing despite playing a corrupt lawyer who has no scruples in defending guilty clients as long as they provide the cash flow he demands. It's only after defending RYAN PHILLIPPE from a charge of murder and rape that he realizes he does have a few scruples left. And the plot twists provided by the screenwriter John Romano from the novel by Michael Connelly, are deftly handled for maximum shock effect. Brad Furman keeps the direction tight, forceful and swift-moving.

The cast surrounding McConaughey has been selected with care and all of them offer realistic performances. Marisa Tomei is appealing as his ex-wife who knows his shortcomings but is still attracted to him, and William H. Macy delivers a solid performance as his investigator friend. Ryan Phillippe is excellent as the client whose surface appearance belies the fact that he's as street smart as his sleazy lawyer, and FRANCES FISHER is outstanding in a small but pivotal role as the young man's protective mother.

Not since the days of PRIMAL FEAR and WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION has there been a more intelligent script than this one, designed to baffle and blindside the viewer in the course of unraveling some startling surprises.

By all means, highly recommended for fans of this genre.


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