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The Whole Truth (2016)

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A defense attorney works to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father.


Courtney Hunt


Nicholas Kazan (as Rafael Jackson)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Ramsey
Renée Zellweger ... Loretta
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Janelle
Gabriel Basso ... Mike
Jim Belushi ... Boone
Jim Klock ... Leblanc
Ritchie Montgomery ... Judge Robichaux
Christopher Berry ... Legrand
Lara Grice ... Juror #3
Nicole Barré ... Angela Morley
Lucky Johnson ... Limo Driver (as Kevin Johnson)
Lyndsay Kimball ... Officer Steed
Jason Kirkpatrick Jason Kirkpatrick ... Detective Graves
Sean Bridgers ... Arthur Westin
Jackie Tuttle Jackie Tuttle ... Trixie Westin


Defense attorney Richard Ramsay takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter, that he will keep her son Mike out of prison. Charged with murdering his father, Mike initially confesses to the crime. But as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence about the kind of man that Boone Lassiter really was comes to light. While Ramsay uses the evidence to get his client acquitted, his new colleague Janelle tries to dig deeper - and begins to realize that the whole truth is something she alone can uncover. Written by Lionsgate Premiere

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Plot Keywords:

lawyer | knife | lie | drawing | teenager | See All (13) »


Do you swear to tell the truth, The Whole Truth, and nothing but the truth? So help you God. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence including a sexual assault | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El abogado del mal See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Keanu Reeves also played a lawyer in The Devil's Advocate (1997). See more »


When Janelle asks Loretta for a cigarette on the porch, Loretta takes out a lighter and you hear a lighter flick open, then you hear it click shut like a Zippo lighter, but she's obviously holding a plastic Bic lighter. See more »


Ramsey: At some point, every defense lawyer has to choose between his own need to know the truth and the best interests of his client.
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Soul Candy
Written by Jim Keller
Performed by Jim Keller
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Good Courtroom Drama
2 February 2017 | by rutzelbSee all my reviews

Ramsey (Keanu Reeves) defends his teen age client, Mike (Gabriel Basso), who is accused of killing his father Boone Lassiter (Jim Belushi). The problem is that Mike has confessed to killing his father, but won't confide in his lawyer. Oh, oh, this can't be good.

This one will keep you guessing trying to figure out who is lying and Ramsey believes everyone lies. He takes on Janelle (Gugu Mbatha- Raw) a lawyer who is known for her bullshit monitor – she can tell who is lying. So we go round and round trying to figure this all out. Is Mike, the son, protecting his mother Loretta (Rene Zellweger) or is she protecting him? Or is it something else? Inquiring minds want to know.

It's really good courtroom drama, but we just cannot come to a conclusion. Can you?.

Near the end Janelle comes to a conclusion. Will your conclusion be the same or is she wrong? Hmmm……… There is good suspense and the acting is very good all around. Will your conclusion change when Mike does take the stand and talks? Hmmm……...

Is there a twist you ask? Of course there is and it will shock you.

There is suspense, but no real tension. But wait, wait, that tension comes at the very last scene, but then everything fades to black. Sorry. It's over. But now you know. ('bout time) (7/10)

Violence: Yes. Sex: Kind of as seen from a distance by a neighbor. Nudity: No. Language: No.

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