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From the Hip (1987)

Judd Nelson , Elizabeth Perkins , Bob Clark  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Judd Nelson, Elizabeth Perkins, John Hurt, Darren McGavin, Dan Monahan
  • Directors: Bob Clark
  • Writers: Bob Clark, David E. Kelley
  • Producers: Bob Clark, Bill Minot, Brian Russell, Howard Baldwin, Kenneth Heeley-Ray
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NKSP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,954 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "From the Hip" on IMDb

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of Judd Nelson March 23, 2005
Judd Nelson has made some good movies and some not so good. I count this as one of his best. As an attorney "Stormy Weathers" he can't be beat. He will stretch the limits of courtroon etiquette well past the limit if it will win his case. This is by far one of the best melodramas I have seen. Not often do we see a movie full of comedy and drama at the same time.

The beginning is very light stuff, but midway into the movie we start to see the darkside of humanity. John Hurt turns in a magnificent performance as Judd's client in a murder case. Judd can't decide if his client is innocent or guilty, but once he knows for sure he has to learn new tactics in dealing with the judicial system.

Fans of courtroom movies should enjoy this even if they are not fans of the 80s bratpack. Great directing and excellent cast make this a winner. A nice soundtrack and scenes in Boston don't hurt either. Good quality DVD but no extras.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Judd Rocks! April 15, 2004
By A Customer
This was the film that proved Judd Nelson could really stand on his own. During the brat pack films he always seemed to dissolve in the background but From the Hip forces you to pay attention to Judd's comedic charm. Judd plays a lawyer a little over his head and too starved for attention. He illegally wins his first case only to turn around and find the hardest case of his life, a major murder. The first half of the film is straight comedy but the second turns dramatic and dark as John Hurt ( the film's murder suspect ) brings us into his disturbing world of being impotent and the fact that he may have killed a young woman. Judd shines in this like only he can and if there is one film any Judd Nelson fan should see at least once, it is From The Hip. I highly recommend it so enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My All-time Favorite Legal Comedy November 23, 2001
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You know, back in the day when I first loved this, I just loved it. NOW I realize that this movie was the groundbreaker for the dude who does Ally McBeal and The Practice. No wonder I like those shows too!
Judd Nelson is really excellent in this movie. Of course I love Judd in anything. But this is one of those comedies which makes you think. You start out with a lot of great laughs but then later on it really takes on the philosophy of law and the justice system. All the while, keeping you informed and entertained.
This film has murder, mayhem, truth and daring. You will really be able to sink your teeth into this one. I wore out my VHS copy of it ages ago and was thrilled to be able to replace it with DVD. Buy it and you won't be sorry!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reason I Went to Law School October 1, 2002
By A Customer
This movie is the reason I went to law school. (No kidding, and I'm sure it influenced others my age to do the same but they'd never admit it). It's idealism, glory and sarcasm...and the movie is not too bad either. John Hurt probably should have recieved an Oscar nomination. - Liam
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the what? April 7, 2007
I like this movie because rather than gimics, it tells an interesting story. Plus the acting is wonderful, the writing very clever and the casting is perfect. It's got everything. Bob Clark directs. I would rank this as one of my favorite movies of all time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprizing twists and turns January 23, 2004
By A Customer
This movie entranced me on the first viewing. You see, it begins with young,cocky lawyers trying to get ahead. Two of them work at a highly reguarded law-firm. In a trail that to say the least is comical we are led down a path thinking the movie will be light and funny. Suddenly, with the second trial the viewer is thrust deep into a murder trial! The defendent is a quirky, wierd scary type who seems smarter than the young lawers but also crazy at the same time. the movie gets more and more serious as we find out the killer is trying to force people to his will. The young lawyer is caught between a rock and a hard place. IF he gets the creep off he knows a killer got away with it. If he lets the truth come out he could lose his carreer. The swing of emotions from the comic trial to the serious ending is about a dramatic as any movie I have ever seen. I still havent had another film drag me to laughter and then fear. Highly recommened.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ODD MIX OF COMEDY AND DRAMA ...JUDD MAKES IT WORK! November 10, 2007
It's hard to believe I never saw of this film growing up. I saw all the other "Brat Pack" movies but , I never even heard of this. I was happy to sit down and see a cast of actors who would become more famous in later years. The film's first act has some very funny(and ridiculous!)court rooms shenanigans and then it turns to a little more serious side. The film flips back to more outrageous comedy and then gets kind of dark, it's all a little uneven to say the least but, I did enjoy it. If your a fan of Judd Nelson you should check this out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deutsch March 23, 2013
Ich liebe diesen Film, aber leider gibts den nicht aud Deutsch im DVD Fomat!

Ich wünsche euch viel Spaß beim schauen!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Just always loved this movie! Very witty humor.
Published 16 days ago by scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny but adult content
This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.

Note to parents: There is strong language, sexual innuendo and some scenes with a disturbed character who tries to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by NancyB
5.0 out of 5 stars Reallly like this movie
I was hoping to find this movie in digital format but at least you had it. If you haven;t seen it you should look for it and sit back and enjoy.
Published 4 months ago by a
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to see.
This is my old time favourite movie, so I like it very much. It is very funny and serious movie. Make you think.
Published 5 months ago by Elda r garza
4.0 out of 5 stars law school?
"A Customer" said he went to law school because of this movie. I wish there were a way to comment on his review because I practiced criminal law in Montreal for almost 40... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jerlaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Judd Nelson at his finest.
One of my all-time favorite courtroom drama's. Judd Nelson does a great job. Really good supporting cast. Can't count the number of times I've watched it.
Published 9 months ago by George R Jares
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies
I found out this one is one of my daughter's favorites too!! We enjoyed the night watching this one together.
Published 9 months ago by Jackie Barrett-greene
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy.
It took me a while to locate this movie. If you like court room movies and comedies, then this is a must movie for your collection.
Published 9 months ago by george fosnaught
5.0 out of 5 stars From the Hip - movie review
An older movie but worth watching. Lots of comedy (some NOT suitable for young children) and awesome suspense movie. Read more
Published 11 months ago by molly6374
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