...And Justice for All

...And Justice for All

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Director: Norman Jewison

Cast: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe

     
 

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Norman Jewison's blackly satirical look at the American justice system has gained in stature as one of the more incisive social commentaries of its time. Al Pacino plays Arthur Kirkland, an incorruptible attorney who attempts to initiate reforms in the Maryland justice system. Kirkland is haunted by the fates of two past clients, one of whom committed suicide in jail… See more details below

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Norman Jewison's blackly satirical look at the American justice system has gained in stature as one of the more incisive social commentaries of its time. Al Pacino plays Arthur Kirkland, an incorruptible attorney who attempts to initiate reforms in the Maryland justice system. Kirkland is haunted by the fates of two past clients, one of whom committed suicide in jail; the other is still alive but is locked up on a trumped-up traffic violation. The ability of power and money to distort the pursuit of justice becomes all too clear as Kirkland finds out how deeply the rot has spread. He is ultimately blackmailed into defending a repulsive judge (John Forsythe) accused of rape, and faces a crisis of conscience. Pacino's and Forsythe's performances are intense and powerful. Many critics found the film biting and almost painful in its razor-sharp indictment of the justice system, while others declared the script too outrageous.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
Sometimes the most difficult features to approach are those whose brilliant scenes add up to less than they would if viewed on an individual basis. Norman Jewison's satire ...And Justice for All hits this mark, to such a degree that it almost defies criticism. As a whole, Justice feels wildly schizoid, veering unpredictably from earnest and heartbreaking scenes to daft and uproarious black comedy. The primary weakness originates with Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin's screenplay, which never finds a tonal foothold -- it feels modally uncertain, shaky, and tenuous throughout. (That it received an Oscar nomination is inexplicable.) And yet, the picture does have much to recommend it. The Jewison-directed performances by Al Pacino, Christine Lahti, Jack Warden,Jeffrey Tambor, Craig T. Nelson, and especially John Forsythe score a bullseye. Much of the satirical commentary on the American judicial system also feels incisive, as on-target as Network was, three years prior, in its excoriation of television news. And one cannot help but admire Levinson and Curtin's ensemble of eccentric characters, with Tambor's lunatic attorney and Warden's suicidal judge standing out as particularly entertaining. Unfortunately, though, the picture needs more of an ending than it has; it builds up to one of the most rousing courtroom tirades in memory, then merely peters out sans a resolution, which is a problem given how invested we've grown in Pacino's character and the case he's been assigned to defend; one feels let down. Still, there is much here to appreciate and enjoy, even if the film's reach does ultimately exceed its grasp.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2008
UPC:
0043396211025
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:59:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary With Norman Jewison; Norman Jewison: The Testimony of the Director; Deleted scenes; 88 Minutes sneak peek; "Damages" TV pilot episode

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Arthur Kirkland
Jack Warden Judge Rayford
John Forsythe Judge Fleming
Lee Strasberg Grandpa Sam
Christine Lahti Gail Packer
Jeffrey Tambor Jay Porter
Sam Levene Arnie
Robert Christian Ralph Agee
Thomas G. Waites Jeff McCullough
Larry Bryggman Warren Fresnell
Craig T. Nelson Frank Bowers
Dominic Chianese Carl Travers
Victor Arnold Leo Fauci
Keith Andes Marvin Bates
Vincent Beck Officer Leary
Vasili Bogazianos Avillar
Michael Gorrin Elderly Man
Baxter Harris Larry
Jack Hollander Prison Warden
Alan North Deputy Sheriff
Thomas Quinn Desk Clerk Kiley
Beverly Sanders Sherry
Connie Sawyer Gitel
Joe Morton Prison Doctor
Charles Siebert Assistant District Attorney Keene
Robert Symonds Judge Burns

Technical Credits
Norman Jewison Director,Producer
John F. Burnett Editor
Valerie Curtin Screenwriter
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Robert G. Henderson Sound/Sound Designer
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Barry Levinson Screenwriter
Richard MacDonald Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Patrick Palmer Producer
Win Phelps Asst. Director
Peter Samish Art Director
Joe Wizan Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- And Justice for All
1. Chapter 1 [3:43]
2. Chapter 2 [3:40]
3. Chapter 3 [2:08]
4. Chapter 4 [1:59]
5. Chapter 5 [1:51]
6. Chapter 6 [6:50]
7. Chapter 7 [3:36]
8. Chapter 8 [3:57]
9. Chapter 9 [4:02]
10. Chapter 10 [6:44]
11. Chapter 11 [2:52]
12. Chapter 12 [4:17]
13. Chapter 13 [2:03]
14. Chapter 14 [6:35]
15. Chapter 15 [2:57]
16. Chapter 16 [6:48]
17. Chapter 17 [4:19]
18. Chapter 18 [4:02]
19. Chapter 19 [4:01]
20. Chapter 20 [2:11]
21. Chapter 21 [3:42]
22. Chapter 22 [1:42]
23. Chapter 23 [2:53]
24. Chapter 24 [2:41]
25. Chapter 25 [6:26]
26. Chapter 26 [1:45]
27. Chapter 27 [4:26]
28. Chapter 28 [5:22]

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