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...And Justice for All Reviews

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December 31, 2014
"justice is corrupted every where".
September 16, 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.
August 4, 2014
(First and only viewing - 11/10/2012)
August 3, 2014
Al does his thing and for the most part it works the movie is a bit forgettable however
July 5, 2014
Pacino's acting is incomparable
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.
½ February 21, 2014
Gripping drama about a lawyer, and an interesting look on how justice works.
½ 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.
½ 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
½ January 13, 2014
Wrong music, but a great movie
½ December 16, 2013
This seems like a mandatory viewing for anybody who wants to become a defense lawyer.
½ December 3, 2013
It's okay except for the fact nothing gets resolved...much like the judicial system itself.
November 14, 2013
this movie is not "out of order"
it's dated but still very good
½ 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).
October 3, 2013
Al Pacino plays a lawyer. He is being blackmailed by a judge he doesn't like to defend him in a rape trail.
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