From the Hip (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

From the Hip (1987)




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Director Bob Clark, whose previous cinematic endeavors ran the gamut from Porky's to A Christmas Story, called the shots on From the Hip. Fresh out of law school, Robin Weathers (Judd Nelson) is hired by a law firm not known for its ethics. Weathers' first client is a man who, up to trial time, was perfectly willing to cop a plea. Instead, the novice lawyer sharkishly secures a "not guilty" verdict--not to mention a public reputation as a live wire. His jealous older colleagues decide to get even with Weathers by assigning him a case that cannot possibly be won. Thus it is that Weathers is assigned to defend insufferable murder suspect Douglas Benoit (John Hurt), who refuses to cooperate with his attorney even though he's facing a death sentence.
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Judd Nelson
as Robin 'Stormy' Weathers
John Hurt
as Douglas Benoit
Darren McGavin
as Craig Duncan
Dan Monahan
as Larry
David Alan Grier
as Steve Hadley
Nancy Marchand
as Roberta Winnaker
Allan Arbus
as Phil Amos
Edward Winter
as Raymond Torkenson
Richard Zobel
as Matt Cowens
Ray Walston
as lst Judge
Robert Irvin Elliott
as Scott Murray
Beatrice Winde
as 2nd Judge
Art Hindle
as Lt. Matt Sosha
Priscilla Pointer
as Mrs. Martha Williams
Pearl Jones
as Foreman
Terry Loughlin
as Malcolm
Jon Thompson
as Rampart
Lou Criscuolo
as McAlbee
Robert Dickman
as Dr. Charles Peckham
Will Knickerbocker
as Security Guard
George Hall
as Harvey Beals
Robert Inman
as TV Reporter
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Critic Reviews for From the Hip

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

I don't know much about the law, but I know enough to assure you that "From the Hip" is completely implausible from beginning to end.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

An almost excessively erratic legal drama...

Full Review… | December 29, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

Yeah, the movie with Judd Nelson as the lawyer with a ***** in his briefcase.

April 6, 2005

Starts out as a wild satire on the legal profession and veers into a serious look at legal ethics.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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**1/2 (out of four) Well tuned performances from Judd Nelson and John Hurt is almost enough to recommend this light drama. But the material just isn't up to their enthusiasm. Nelson plays a lawyer fresh out of law school. He aggressively makes a name for himself with a high profile case. He is then hired by Hurt, a man accused of murder.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Has a sharp shift in tone between the first half and the second plus Judd Nelson is not the most charismatic leading man but the story is decent and there are excellent performances by Nancy Marchand, Darren McGavin, Ray Walston, Alan Arkin and particularly John Hurt who steals every scene that he's in.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


This is not very well known, a real sleeper from the 80's but sooo funny and clever! Seriously, it's of those favorites my Husband and I have watched over and over, great flick! DVD.

Robin P.
Robin P.

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