The Dock Brief (Trial and Error) (1962)





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Peter Sellers starts out with one role and ends up with three in The Dock Brief (U.S. title Trial and Error), a satirical comedy based on the television play by John Mortimer. Sellers' principal role is as an incompetent barrister assigned to defend a wife murderer (Richard Attenborough). The barrister's monumental stupidity threatens to bollix the case before it begins, and indeed his client is found guilty. But ignorance is bliss in this instance; the guilty verdict is thrown out because the court feels that Sellers' defense was worthless! The multiple-role bit occurs in a dream sequence, wherein both Sellers and his costar Richard Attenborough assume numerous characterizations. This was the sort of stunting revered by Peter Sellers' many American fans, and detested by the actor's innumerable British detractors. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Comedy , Drama
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Peter Sellers
as Doctor, Morgenhall
Richard Attenborough
as Foreman of the Jury, Fowle, Judge, Member of the Public
Beryl Reid
as Doris
David Lodge
as Bateson
Frank Pettingell
as Tuppy Morgan
Eric Woodburn
as Judge Banter
John Waite
as Clerk of the Court
Patrick Newell
as 1st Warder
Frank Thornton
as Photographer
Ian Curry
as Doctor
David Drummond
as Policeman
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August 12, 2005

Apesar do foco excessivo nos diálogos ainda denunciar suas origens teatrais, o filme faz bom uso de flashbacks e conta com a interação perfeita entre Sellers e Attenborough.

January 11, 2005
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January 27, 2004

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