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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.

Director:

Dan Gilroy

Writer:

Dan Gilroy
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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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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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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Taglines:

If you can't break the law, break the system. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

When approached at an LA Panda Express and asked "where he drew his inspiration for the role of Roman"? Denzel replied; "I have always admired the work of Edward Murphy and was heavily influenced by his character Norbit for this project". 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.: We are formed of frailty and error. Let us pardon reciprocally each other's follies. That is the first law of nature.
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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 »


Soundtracks

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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User Reviews

 
The trailers don't do justice to this film
23 May 2018 | by justin-fencsakSee all my reviews

This film is so underrated. Denzel Washington plays the main character of the movie, a criminal defense lawyer. When the film premiered, some footage was cut for timing reasons, which can be seen on the dvd. It didn't do well at the box office due to minimal promotion yet it's finding new life on home media. Go see it.


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,999, 19 November 2017

Gross USA:

$11,962,778

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,025,860
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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