...And Justice For All Reviews
May 23, 2014
When it's good, it's very good. When it's bad... Well, you know the rest. There are indeed moments of great drama and dialogue (I think just as good as "You're out of order" are Pacino's last couple of lines as he's dragged out of the courtroom). But there are also moments where the dialogue is stilted, the acting (thankfully, mostly by actors in bit parts) falls short, the music doesn't fit, and the scenes don't belong. Better edited, this movie could have gained another star in my mind.
August 16, 2014
Its a movie which have Al Pacino in a new role and he is the best in the movie , the others are just included for the sake of cast.
February 22, 2010
(First and only viewing - 11/10/2012)
November 27, 2009
Al does his thing and for the most part it works the movie is a bit forgettable however
April 29, 2014
Directed by Norman Jewison, (In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and Fiddler on the Roof (1971)), this legal drama was written by then husband and wife writing team Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson. It does feel a bit dated now, (the music and fashions do look and sound suspect now), but it has some brilliant performances throughout and a very well written screenplay. In Baltimore, defence attorney Arthur Kirkland (Al Pacino) has had a fierce rivarly with Judge Henry T. Fleming (John Forsythe), who refuses to reopen a case regarding Kirkland's client Jeff McCullaugh (Thomas G. Waites), who was sent to jail for a minor traffic offense. Kirkland's life is in disarray at the time, his grandfather Sam (Lee Strasberg) is going senile, while his legal partner Jay Porter (Jeffrey Tambor) goes mad after a client he got off murders someone. Then, Kirkland is told that Fleming has been arrested for rape, and Fleming wants Kirkland to represent him. Kirkland is now stuck between a rock and a hard place, then he hears something shocking. Jewison gets the best out of his cast, and it does have some very offbeat characters, including a young Tambor, and Pacino turns in another powerhouse performance as a man stuck between doing whats right and what's legal. It's a product of it's time, but it's also a good timepiece of the legal process in the late 1970's.
February 16, 2013
Gripping drama about a lawyer, and an interesting look on how justice works.
February 19, 2014
Screenplay is poor and one twist too many makes the plot suffer despite good effort from the cast
February 19, 2014
Entertaining comedy drama with a great performance by Al Pacino.
January 29, 2014
Surprisingly funny despite the serious subject matter, Jewison's film explores the madness and hypocrisies of the American judicial system, with yet another masterful performance from Pacino.
January 18, 2014
EXTRAORDINARIA PELICULA DE NORMAN JEWISON Y UNA INOLVIDABLE ACTUACION DE AL PACINO
December 16, 2013
This seems like a mandatory viewing for anybody who wants to become a defense lawyer.
November 27, 2013
It's okay except for the fact nothing gets resolved...much like the judicial system itself.
November 2, 2013
Good, but not great. Interesting examination of the American criminal justice system. However, the conclusion is too neat and convenient and, worst of all, director Norman Jewison obviously seemed to think this was a comedy-drama. With such a weighty subject and plot, there is far too much fluff - silly detours and sub-plots that add nothing to the story, just detract from it.
Performances are so-so. Al Pacino is solid, but his final scene is unnecessarily over-the-top. Many of the supporting performances are cringeworthy, though that might be the writer and director's faults. John Forsythe is quite unconvincing as Al Pacino's nemesis. Jeffrey Tambor is irritatingly over-the-top in his role. Craig T Nelson is ridiculous as the prosecutor. Jack Warden is too weird.
The only decent supporting performances come from Christine Lahti and Lee Strasbourg (the famed acting teacher).
September 22, 2013
Al Pacino Is Exceptional Here !!!
OMG He's A Real Master !
March 27, 2013
Nice, worth to check out for Pacino alone. Hysterical courtroom drama.
June 13, 2011
Not horribly well shot and very lumpy plot-wise. The film varies from excessive dark tones to cute Jewison humour to out-right tomfoolery, and even though it intends to be a serious satire, it is the small, erratic Jewison gags that work the best. Despite sequences of great energy, the film is, overall, inconsistent.
August 28, 2013
Not for all, at leas not for THE ONE who matters the most!! Clumsy way of making an attempt to expose the legal system for what it is, and displaying its effects on those concerned. But it was much realistic and wish I could have appreciated it for that.
July 29, 2013
It is almost heartbreaking to see Al Pacino hawking Rupert Murdoch products on TV.
Its much better to remember a time when along with Robert De Niro they were the greatest actors on the planet.
This 1979 film finds Pacino at the top of his game as Arthur Kirkland an attorney called upon to defend a judge who he personally hates on a rape charge.
Norman Jewison was on a roll in the 70s as with many directors who had broken free of the studio system and were allowed to make more interesting films.
Jewison takes the black comedy elements of Valerie Curtins and furture director Barry Levinsons script and gives us a jet black comedy on the flaws in the American justice system where Kirklands clients are treated like dirt and Judge Fleming who is clearly guilty of his rimes will probably walk away free.
The supporting cast are all fine most notably Jack Warden as a manic Judge who enjoys firing his gun in court and trying to land his helicopter with hardly any fuel and John Forsythe as Judge Fleming a man so repellent he is convinced he is untouchable.
But of course the real star here is Pacino and he is on his best form here as Kirkland a man who believes in the system even when its failing his clients,this of course leads to a classic Shouty Al Pacino scene in the final courtroom trial of Judge Fleming .
The film is also very funny in places with Jeffrery Tambor stealing every scne he is in as Kirklands manic lawyer friend Jay.
Why this film isnt held in higher regard is beyond me as it contains one of Pacinos best roles.
June 29, 2013
1941's Citizen Kane, My Favorite Film Of All Time Is One Hour And Fifty-Nine Minutes Long