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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) »


There are many sides to every murder. 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lupita Nyong'o auditioned for the role that went to Gugu Mbatha-Raw. See more »


No version of the murder presented is sufficient to level a charge of first-degree murder under Louisiana law. 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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Compelling But Low Key Courtroom Drama
22 April 2017 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Why did Mike kill his father? Did Mike actually do it? Who else would have killed Mike's father? And why was Mike's father killed? All questions that permeate this courtroom drama. It's actually a pretty decent little film. It's pretty much all set in the courtroom as evidence is offered (and as flashbacks portraying the evidence being offered.) Mike (Gabriel Basso) is a 17 year old accused of murdering his father. He isn't being very helpful to his defence lawyer (Keanu Reeves) because he refuses to say a word to explain what really happened. As the trial progresses we learn that Mike's father (played in the flashbacks by Jim Belushi) wasn't a very nice man - verbally and possibly physically abusive to his wife and Mike's mother (Renee Zellweger) and possibly abusive toward Mike as well. There are reasons to suspect Mike, and there are reasons to suspect others. There's really no way to know how it's all going to turn out in the end.

I wouldn't call this a suspense type movie or a thriller. It was too low key for that. Although it's a fairly short movie (a runtime of a little over an hour and a half) it still has a fairly slow build up to the story - but in this case, "slow" does not mean "uninteresting." It didn't have me on the edge of my seat, but it did keep me watching. In the end I thought it went a little bit too awkwardly from a low key and slow build up into several twists and turns that suddenly had your head spinning. That change of pace was too abrupt for my liking.

Overall, though, that didn't change my appreciation of the movie. It's pretty well done - and a good, well constructed "whodunit" is always satisfying. (7/10)

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