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From the Hip

4.5 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

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Attorney Robin "Stormy" Weathers (Judd Nelson) engages in some outrageous courtroom antics in order to get a bank president acquitted of assault charges. Stormy's performance is so impressive that he's then promoted to partner in his firm. But his next case is defending Douglas Benoit (John Hurt), a professor who is accused of killing a prostitute with a hammer. Stormy struggles with the case and his belief that Benoit is a raving lunatic, a danger to society and guilty of the murder.

Product Details

  • 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 (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NKSP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,250 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "From the Hip" on IMDb

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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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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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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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This is a really great movie, the acting is fantastic and the story line is great! The movie is really funny, but also has a powerful message, I've been looking for this movie for a long time and am greatful to finally be able to view it...I only wish it was for sale so I could add it to my library! I highly recommend this movie for anyone looking for a good court room drama as well as side splittling laugh out loud fun!
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An older movie but worth watching. Lots of comedy (some NOT suitable for young children) and awesome suspense movie. John Hurt is such an amazing and awesome actor and I liked the other actors and actresses, too. This movie starts out stupidly funny, but quickly turns into a cat and mouse deadly game between Judd Nelson and John Hurt. I have watched this movie a number of times, it's one of my favorites.
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one of the best "hourglass" flicks -- going from always-hilarious Ray Walston to cold-blooded John Hurt makes this surprisingly good entertainment...once the fluffy comedy is over, Hurt takes over and delivers...this is worth watching...
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Over all, this was a great movie. I really gave it 4 and a half stars in my thinking. The only subtraction was that they tried to make an anti-Republican statement during a couple of the dialogues. Don't get me wrong, I don't care much about politics, but I don't think movies should ever do that. The purpose of a movie is mostly for entertainment; they shouldn't try to slip political agendas into it, even slightly. However, other than that, the acting was excellent and the story was interesting throughout, with a nice surprise at the end. I'm surprised that this movie wasn't a bigger hit in the theaters back in the 80s.
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Glad to FINALLY have available on DVD. As a 'brat pack' follower from the 80's I won't bother with a review of 'movie itself' here...if you;'e looking at this then you already KNOW the movie and don't need to ME to classify it for you ;-) I welcome any and all brat packer flicks to DVD when I can add to my collection...period. This is formatted well and gives better presentation them what we all likely viewed in our teens. If you want it, just GET it!
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