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...and justice for all. (1979)

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A lawyer is forced to defend a guilty judge, while defending other innocent clients, and trying to find punishment for the guilty and provide justice for the innocent.

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Norman Jewison
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Arthur Kirkland
Jack Warden ... Judge Francis Rayford
John Forsythe ... Judge Henry T. Fleming
Lee Strasberg ... Grandpa Sam
Jeffrey Tambor ... Jay Porter
Christine Lahti ... Gail Packer
Sam Levene ... Arnie
Robert Christian Robert Christian ... Ralph Agee
Thomas G. Waites ... Jeff McCullaugh (as Thomas Waites)
Larry Bryggman ... Warren Fresnell
Craig T. Nelson ... Frank Bowers
Dominic Chianese ... Carl Travers
Victor Arnold ... Leo Fauci
Vincent Beck Vincent Beck ... Officer Leary
Michael Gorrin ... Elderly Man
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Storyline

When a judge is charged with rape, Arthur Kirkland is forced to defend him. Kirkland has had problems with the judge in the past, including one incident when the judge wrongly sentenced his client Jeff McCullaugh because of a technicality. Kirkland faces a moral and legal dilemma. Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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This man needs the best lawyer in town. But the problem is... he is the best lawyer in town. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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AL | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1980 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Het recht van de sterkste See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$33,300,000, 31 December 1979
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was nominated for two Academy Awards in 1980, for Best Actor - Al Pacino, and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen - for co-screenwriters Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson, but the movie failed to win an Oscar in either category. See more »

Goofs

The number of plates that Jay has changes. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Kirkland: At this point, I would just like to say that what this committee is doing in theory is highly commendable. However, in practice, it sucks... and I'm not going to answer any more questions.
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Referenced in America's Sweethearts (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Something Funny Goin' On
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Sung by Zachary Sanders (as Zack Sanders) and the N.Y. Jailhouse Ensemble
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The very best opening statement I've ever heard
5 April 2002 | by W1ndstar61See all my reviews

For anyone who hasn't seen this movie, I can only say do yourself a favor and watch it. Al Pacino gives a wonderful performance as Arthur Kirland, a rare, honest lawyer. It has comedy and drama in it. Jack Warden as Judge Rafert is a gem and John Forsythe plays his role as Judge Fleming very convincingly. I think the best part of the movie is the opening statement that Arthur gives. A movie well worth watching again and again.


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