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Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | 22 November 2017 (USA)
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Roman J. Israel, Esq., a driven, idealistic defense attorney, finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action.

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ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action. Colin Farrell costars as the monied, cutthroat lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm. Written by Sony Pictures

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Crime | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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22 November 2017 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,962,712, 19 February 2018
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Denzel Washington's Best Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year. See more »

Goofs

At about 0:49:48, as Roman and Maya are assisting the possible dead homeless person, Maya receives a call on her cell. When she "answers" the call the screen goes to sleep. During the call, the screen illuminates because of movement and reflects on her face. Neither would happen if she was actually answering then using the telephone feature on today's smart phones. See more »

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Roman J. Israel, Esq.: You know, all those years of practicing, scouring law books, achieving technical triumphs through loopholes and ambiguities, none of which were adequate to same me from the reality of my present situation. Then today, in the middle of nowhere, lost, I had a revelation; an insight so sweeping, so clear. It's me George. See, I didn't see it before because I never experienced the other side. I'm the defendant and the plaintiff simultaneously. I file against myself, I represent myself, I convict ...
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Signs of Time
Written by Stephen Ronan, Celeste Csato and Paul Grundman
Performed by Celeste & Rokuro feat. Paul Grundman (as PGX)
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Some people shouldn't be rating movies!!!
28 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

I feel compelled to rate this a 10 to help counter act some of the 1's. This movie is lost on so many people because, I guess, they don't know what doing the right thing is all about. Which, basically, is what I got from it. The "because it's polite" scene, that was in the trailer, is the reason I wanted to watch it. That spoke so much for his character and he/it did not disappoint. I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants a film that makes you want to strive to be a better person. Albeit to yourself or to society. One person rated this a one, just like she did for It's a Wonderful Life and a six for Steven Siegals' Under Siege. Yeah......I trolled.


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