James Golden is a small town, middle aged lawyer. He has raised his family and spent his entire life in Harper, Alabama. When a major nursing home malpractice death case comes into his office, he is determined to handle the case all the way to a jury trial, even though it is an area of law in which he has never practiced and against corporate defendants that never lose. An inexperienced but eager young associate, Paul Bruce, joins the fight with him. The intensity of the litigation takes them both to places and challenges they never knew and far from a small town to a larger life.Written by
This movie captures the reality and emotion of the country lawyer while at the same time humanizing the profession. The best portrayal of the profession of law rather than the business of law since Aticus Finch. Not only a must view for the lay person but also required viewing for the law student. God, family, community and the law all portrayed elegantly with Southern charm. Bill Lundy has created a timeless work of art that is suitable for all ages that is educational and entertaining. Lundy tells a beautiful story about the complexities of justice, life and death yet does so with an adherence to the raw purity of truth. The movie is a breath of fresh air from the gratuitous smog of Hollywood with it's ability to convey that simplicity is an intellectually acquired taste.
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