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...And Justice For All (1979)

Al Pacino , Jack Warden , Norman Jewison  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg, Jeffrey Tambor
  • Directors: Norman Jewison
  • Writers: Barry Levinson, Valerie Curtin
  • Producers: Norman Jewison, Joe Wizan, Patrick J. Palmer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2001
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053UIE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,868 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "...And Justice For All" on IMDb

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When a corrupt judge is charged with rape, Arthur Kirkland must defend him. Kirkland has had problems with the judge in the past, including one incident when the judge wrongly sentenced his client, Jeff McCullaugh, because of a technicality. Kirkland faces a moral and legal dilemma, especially difficult because the judge admits he is guilty.

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Al Pacino film.. May 27, 2003
This film is a must-see for die-hard Pacino fans and should-see for fans interested in viewing an enjoyable film with a statement that remains timely over time.
'And Justice For All' is nearing one-quarter of a century in age and while Pacino has matured as an actor, his role in this film definitely deserved the nominations for the Oscar and Golden Globe that it garnered. The closing courtroom scene provided a very strong glimpse and more than a hint of the brilliance to come in Pacino's superior acting ability, as well as a striking and disturbing statement on the justice system. As billed this was a satire on the world of the courts and while not your normal courtroom film, it contained a revealing and bleak message. Reviewers who have indicated the incidents in this film were not realistic have much to learn about the inner workings of justice. This was a dire, but accurate depiction of the inner workings of courthouses all over the land.
The cast was filled with an unbelievable array of actors, both new and seasoned, and famous and not-so-famous. The big-screen debut of Christian Lahti (Gail Packer)was not her best role and not necessarily the best co-star for Pacino; her performance was however adequate. Jack Warden (Judge Rayford) was comfortable and effective as a gruff old judge with a simultaneous death wish and a zeal for life. Jeffery Tambor (Jay Porter) gave a compelling performance as Pacino's partner pushed to a mental breaking point by the unfortunate outcome of a case where as an attorney Porter did what an attorney is paid to do. The late Robert Christian's (Ralph Agee) performance as a cross-dressing client was perhaps one of the best in the film; heartbreaking and very real.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pacino shines in courtroom satire July 10, 2004
By Dave
Ever since watching the Godfather films I've been a huge Al Pacino fan. His amazing over-the-top performance in the courtroom scene at the end is what makes this unsympathetic look at our criminal justice system so memorable. However, I agree with other reviewers that the plot is slow at times & the movie wavers uncomfortably between comedy & drama. The humor is at times a little too forced & the disco music doesn't help. One of the things I really enjoyed was seeing the great Lee Strasberg play Pacino's grandfather. Remember Godfather Part 2 when Pacino had Strasberg "taken out"? I only wish they could've made more films together. The great cast also includes John Forsythe (who plays a TOTALLY unlikable villian), & Jack Warden, whose suicidal antics get annoying after a while. Of course, it's Pacino that makes this movie so entertaining & so watchable 25 years later. While it's no masterpiece I still highly recommend it to Al Pacino fans (& especially lawyers!).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...And Justice For All (1979) July 3, 2006
Director: Norman Jewison

Cast: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Lahti, Sam Levene, Robert Christian, Craig T. Nelson, Terri Wooten.

Running Time: 119 minutes

Rated R for language and some violence.

There were quite a few of these types of films in the seventies, not really comedies or dramas per se, but a clever mixture of both, and part of the reason that the '70s are regarded by many as the richest era for films & film-making. Another sample which comes to mind is "Mother, Jugs, and Speed" - not as good, but comparable. These films point to a darkly humorous take on our existence, usually taking place in modern, contemporary times, and in an urban setting. In this one, the legal - justice system is targeted; it's the system we supposedly depend on and which elevates our nation (the U.S.) above the rabble of the world. But the way it's examined here, the system doesn't really work. It's geared towards those with the power (read: money) and most of those incarcerated, it seems to say, are there by an awful whim of fate. Most lawyers (Pacino plays a particularly compassionate one) function merely to make the suffering of these innocents a bit less grueling, through kissing the butts of hard-line judges (Forsythe is a particularly mean one).

The film opens with Arthur Kirkland (Al Pacino) spending the night in "the can" for contempt of court for taking a swing at Judge Flemings (John Forsythe) who was presiding on a case that Arthur had before his bench.
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Please note: This review is ONLY for the 2008 re-release. If you are reading this and it is under the 2001 release, this review is not for that edition and has grouped it together.

It's amazing watching Al Pacino chew the scenery. Norman Jewison's dramatic satire of the judicial system "...And Justice For All" has plenty for Pacino to chew on along with his co-stars Jeffrey Tambor, Jack Warden, Lee Strasberg, Craig T. Nelson and Christine Lahti (in one of her first major screen roles). Pacino manages to get every morsel of nutrition out of a scene. The meaty script allows Pacino's co-stars to equal him scene for scene which is perfect for a dramatic satire of this sort.

Opening with images of an empty court house with children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, "And Justice for All" represents a satire as broad and powerful as "Network" in eviscerating the justice system as that other film did TV. Pacino plays attorney Arthur Kirkland the type of attorney who becomes very involved in his client's cases going to bat for them in a big way or in this case providing a knock out punch worthy of a boxing match. For example when we first meet him he's in lock up on a contempt charge for hitting a corrupt judge (John Forsythe) when he didn't agree with his decision. As luck would have it (or karma depending on your point of view), the very same judge has been charged with the rape of a young girl. He turns to Kirkland because he realizes that the attorney is passionate about his cases and that their adversarial relationship will prevent any later charges of a cover up. Kirkland has to overcome his distaste for the judge and manage a trial that could make or break what's left of his legal career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite pacino role of all time
my favorite pacino role of all time....brilliant script, tightly written chock full of memorable characters. Read more
Published 3 days ago by jacqulyn vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by officer tony gates
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
not his better ones
Published 13 days ago by edward dowden
5.0 out of 5 stars Right & Wrong...
Although it's a bit dated, this is still one of my favorite movies.
Published 15 days ago by Dane
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting movie. And A Pacino.
Published 19 days ago by Kenneth W. Clough
4.0 out of 5 stars must see for Pacino fans
one of Pacino's best
Published 19 days ago by thomas church
5.0 out of 5 stars but a great Pacino performance and a fun legal thriller to watch
YOU'RE OUTTA ORDER. this is a classic. a bit campy, but a great Pacino performance and a fun legal thriller to watch.
Published 24 days ago by Kaitlyn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most riveting and best movies of its time
My absolute favorite legal drama of all time, mixed in with dark humor throughout. After I first saw this over 25 years ago, I loved Al Pacino as an actor and I feel this was one... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kozzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie!
A very entertaining movie! Highly recommended!
Published 1 month ago by Josephine Varsi
5.0 out of 5 stars You're out of order!!!!!!!!!!!
Worth it just for the "Out of Order" scene. I use that line with my wife all the time. Gotta stop doing that.
Published 1 month ago by PC
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