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Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

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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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Dan Gilroy

Writer:

Dan Gilroy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Colin Farrell ... George Pierce
Carmen Ejogo ... Maya Alston
Lynda Gravatt Lynda Gravatt ... Vernita Wells (as Lynda Gravátt)
Amanda Warren ... Lynn Jackson
Hugo Armstrong ... Fritz Molinar
Sam Gilroy ... Connor Novick
Tony Plana ... Jessie Salinas
DeRon Horton ... Derrell Ellerbee
Amari Cheatom ... Carter Johnson
Vince Cefalu ... Security Bailiff
Tarina Pouncy ... Hallway Bailiff
Nazneen Contractor ... Melina Nassour (Ass't. DA)
Niles Fitch ... Langston Bailey
Jocelyn Ayanna ... Court Officer Bailiff
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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Language:

English | Spanish | Armenian

Release Date:

22 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inner City See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,962,712, 19 February 2018
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Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS: X)| SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point Roman mentions to Maya that he was a "forceps baby", to which Maya jokes that she was too, immediately thereafter admitting that she was only kidding. Given what is shown of Roman's social disorders, it is likely that he was not kidding. A forceps birth was one in which the child's body became stuck, for whatever reason, and to assist the birthing process the obstetrician used forceps (something like large clamps) to grip the child by the skull and quite literally yank the child out - albeit one would hope with some finesse and care. The procedure has fallen into disfavor, as some experts say that the use of forceps around a baby's skull can cause brain damage and lead to all manner of psychological or mental disorders. See more »

Goofs

When Roman is driving the U-Haul, the radio on the dash that is shown is an AC Delco, which is factory equipped in GM vehicles, however, the U-Haul is built on a Ford chassis. Ford vehicles do not have AC Delco audio equipment. See more »

Quotes

Roman J. Israel, Esq.: I'm tired of doing the impossible for the ungrateful.
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Alternate Versions

After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film was re-cut by director Dan Gilroy and star Denzel Washington. The new version is 12 minutes shorter than the festival premiere. In addition to dropping some scenes, the film now features different music on the soundtrack (replacing a number of songs) and moves a scene depicting Roman and Israel going to a Lakers game at the Staples Center to an earlier point in the story. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bill Hader/Arcade Fire (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Boy
Written by Donald Glover (as Donald Glover II) and Ludwig Göransson (as Ludwig Goransson)
Performed by Donald Glover (as Childish Gambino)
Courtesy of Glassnote Entertainment Group, LLC
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Be true to thine Self
27 November 2017 | by bramaniblueSee all my reviews

I found this to be some of the best work Denzel has done. I thought he hit the nail on the head in terms of helping his viewers feel empathy for the character. I have to be honest here. I strongly believe that if you are in your sixties and of African-American heritage this may really hit home on many levels. In general it is a film about holding on to our core values, then forgetting them to join the rest of societal madness only to realize that you were not alone in your view of the world. Restoring your original core only to pay the price of deserting it in the first place. Everyday we see people forfeit family,love and life for materialistic gains and other power trips. This is also about the change of values from one generation to another in today's world. This is a film with a message that has and will go over a lot of heads judging by some of the bad reviews I've read. Awesome sound track consisting of 60's and 70's soul and rock. Excellent character portrayals by all bar none.


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