…and justice for all. (1979)

“Sixteen years of marriage and my wife still won’t eat Chinese food. It’s crazy, especially since we met in a Chinese restaurant.” – Judge Rayford

Number of Times Seen – Twice (2 Apr 2000 and 24 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A idealistic lawyer does all he can to stay sane while fighting against the way that the judicial system works.

My Take on it – This is a film that has a few scenes that have become quite iconic and many other forms of media use the quotes from this film both correctly and incorrectly.

The overall premise of this film about the corruption of the judicial system and the way that the system doesn’t work well is great even if things are shown in a very over the top fashion.

The stiry line starts off really good and then things get crazier and crazier  as the story moves along.

Al Pacino is really good in the lead role and I can completely understand how he could get an Oscar nomination for hos work here.

He can always be counted on to take a character and making that character become an advocate for some kind of cause even when things get taken a bot too far.

In addition to Pacino, the supporting cast is also stellar with lots of familiar faces in the mix that helps the story move forward.

Christine Lahti, Jack Warden, Lee Strasburg, John Forsythe and Jeffrey Tambor all are very helpful in making the story feel like it has an ensemble cast even if there is no question about the fact that Pacino is the true star here.

This film’s biggest issue is the fact that it tries much too hard to cram into two hours so many side stories that try to help the cause of the story yet it actually makes it feel more overburdened and unrealistic that all these things can be happening at once due to the heavy weight of all of these story lines woven together like patchwork.

Bottom Line – Good idea that is taken a bit over the top because the story line gets crazier and crazier as things move along. Pacino is great in the lead and I can understand how he could get an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for this role, especially since he has always been great at taking a character and showing that he is dealing with an important cause even when he takes things too far. The supporting cast is also great and its fun seeing well known actors in small roles that help the story along. Lahti, Warden, Strasburg, Forsythe and Tambor all help make this feel like an ensemble cast even if it’s clearly Pacino’s show here. The biggest problem with this film is the fact that it tries to cram too many side stories into the plot and in the end it feels unrealistic due to the weight of all of these threads woven together. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During filming, actor Al Pacino frequently ad libbed and improvised. Pacino like to do this because he was slow learning lines as well as to be spontaneous. This however can interfere with another actor’s performance. Reportedly, Pacino’s mentor, Lee Strasberg, said “Al, learn your lines, dollink!”. Pacino years later recognized that this was good advice. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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