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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.

Director:

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

A TV series by creator David E. Kelley based on this film is in works. See more »

Goofs

(at 1h 54 mins) When Mick Haller has finished talking to the bikers and the car drives away, the car moves before the engine is even started. See more »

Quotes

Mick Haller: You know what my father always said about an innocent client?
Frank Levin: [sarcastically] No, I've never heard this...
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Connections

Followed by The Lincoln Lawyer 2 See more »

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Written by Nona Gaye, Marvin Gaye, Marvin P. Gaye, Erick Sermon and Frank Gaye
Performed by Erick Sermon featuring Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of J Records
Contains a sample of "Music"
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A thoughtful ride with characters and intriguing conflicts of innocence and guilt
23 March 2011 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

The titular Lincoln lawyer is smooth Mick Haller who is just as smooth as Matthew McConaughey. His sleaziness is entertaining, but his lawyering is smart and intriguing. This film has pretty much the perfect mix of a smart plot, with inventive twists, amusing one-liners, and captivating thought-out characters.

Limited action and instead using characters who have an actual story, we get a film that sets itself above its competitors. A charming, but also smart and strong, Matthew McConaughey introduces us to a lawyer who has a few inner turmoils that develop along with the plot. There may be a few too many twists in the story (and with the camera), but the evolution of McConaughey's Haller is rather subtle and not cliché.

Questions of innocence versus guilt surround Louis (Ryan Phillippe) as Haller agrees to take on his case. But as the case starts to collide with incidents of the past, present and future, similar questions of guilt and innocence start plaguing Haller, his other clients, and the other lawyers. The fact that all these other characters are played by great actors only increases the entertainment value of this film. I highly recommend taking a thoughtful ride with "The Lincoln Lawyer".


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Details

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:

$86,752,352
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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