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Probably compelled by the casting, only to find in correct satisfaction that both Mirren and Pacino performed excellently around the pre-courtroom drama without any spikes besides being minimally intellectual despite cutting it short at the end rather than telling the story in completion for finalization â" or it fears to enter conventional territory of conversing familiarity. (B)
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What could be worse than a dry retelling of Phil Spector interviews by Hoo Ha post scent of a woman Pacino? Turns out, not much. Avoid like a recording session with the man in question.
Mamet's central thesis about the importance of impartiality in the legal system is not without merit, however centering his argument around Phil Spector was a gross miscalculation especially since his exploration fictionalizes some of the facts of the case. This only undermines his argument and exposes him as something of a hypocrite.
al pacino always does good in the tv movies... he knows how to do it... like back in you don't know jack...
Interesting take on the preparation for the trial of the nut-bucket Phil Spector. Al Pacino, once again is perfection, and Helen Mirren is equally spot on as the hot shot lawyer who defends him. David Mamet wrote and directed this HBO film. Fascinating study.
Acting (Dame Helen Mirren in particular) is the only worthwhile part.
A pretty bad movie but Al Pacino's performance is riveting, making it worth having as background noise while surfing the Internet
Controversies on what's fact and fiction aside, the Mamet, Pacino and Mirren combo is definitely an interesting one to watch. Featuring excellent performances and an even better collection of wigs, this is one of HBO Films most controversial releases to date even if it's not one of their most compelling. Great use of the music Spector has made his fortune on too!
Tried to roll too much of this and a little of that into a crap egg roll of a movie.
Phil Spector, a legend. And a nut case, if you are to believe this film. Nothing much happens, but Al Pacino gets to spend a looong time shouting out his monologues the way only he can. And Helen Mirren, who would think that lady turns 70 this summer!