...And Justice for All

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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 finally retaliates by representing a repulsive judge John Forsythe accused of rape. 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.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
Oftentimes, the most difficult features to approach are those whose brilliant scenes add up to less than they would if taken individually. 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 schizoid and erratic, veering unpredictably from earnest ands heartbreaking social excoriations to daft and uproarious black comedy.. The film's 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, by some small miracle, Justice's strengths far outshine the flaws that exist on the script level. The Jewison-directed performances by Al Pacino, then-newcomer Christine Lahti, Jack Warden,Jeffrey Tambor, Craig T. Nelson, and especially John Forsythe who surprised everybody with a brilliant vile turn away from his good-guy typecasting score a bullseye. Lahti and Pacino play off of each other with astonishing deftness -- their romantic/sexual patter is one of the film's great highlights. The preponderance of the film's satirical commentary on the American judicial system feels spot-on, as eerily predictive 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 -- from Pacino, the irascible counsel responsible for punching Forsythe's judge in the mouth, to Tambor's over-the-edge fellow attorney, who shaves his head and hurls discus with cafeteria plates in the courthouse hallways, to Warden's suicidally fetishistic judge, who brings Pacino's character within an inch of death in a helicopter ride. And though the details of the film's final scene will go unrevealed here, let it be said that it rewrote the rules of the cinematic "courtroom tirade" -- it remains one of those rare concluding sequences, like the courtroom scene in Martin Ritt's The Front, that have the viewer crying, laughing, and cheering simultaneously, in stunned admiration. ...And Justice for All may suffer a bit from the scriptwriters' gutsy attempt to blend tones, but it ultimately rises above its scattered weaknesses and stakes its claim to greatness
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • UPC: 014381693225
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,473

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
Joe Morton Prison Doctor
Alan North Deputy Sheriff
Thomas Quinn Desk Clerk Kiley
Robert Symonds Judge Burns
Beverly Sanders Sherry
Connie Sawyer Gitel
Charles Siebert Assistant District Attorney Keene
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, 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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Disc #1 -- And Justice for All
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   Languages
      Audio: English
      Audio: Portuguese / Português
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French / Français
      Subtitles: Spanish / Español
      Subtitles: Spanish Subtitled Commentary
      Subtitles: Portuguese / Português
      Subtitles: Portuguese Subtitled Commentary
      Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary With Director Norman Jewison: On
      Commentary With Director Norman Jewison: Off
      Norman Jewison: The Testimony of the Director
         Play All
         "On the Choices We Make..."
         "On the Unleashing of Al Pacino"
         "On the Search for Truth and Justice"
         "On the Delicate Balance"
         "On the Way Things Work..."
         "On the Reaction to the Film..."
         "On the Lost Scene"
      Barry Levinson: Cross Examining the Screenwriter
         Play All
         "Why...And Justice for All"
         "Is This a Drama or a Comedy?"
         "Discuss Being Out of Order"
         "Is There an Injustice for All?"
         Tell Us About the "System"
         When did it Become "Courtroom" Drama?
      Deleted Scenes
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         Fleming's Office
         Jay Sharpens Pencil
         Thanksgiving Basketball Game
         Jeff in Hospital
      Behind-the-Scenes Sneak Peek at "88 Minutes"
      Theatrical Trailer
   Previews
      Close Encounters of the Third Kind 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition
      We Own the Night
      Damages - Season 1
      Taxi Driver Limited Collector's Edition
   Damages TV Pilot Epsiode: Play
   Damages TV Pilot Epsiode: Play With French Subtitles
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Al Pacino

    This is by far the best movie Al Pacino has ever been in. The movie takes you in so many different directions. The emotions it draws out are surprising.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW! I LOVE THIS DVD

    America's justice system comes under indictment in director Norman Jewison's trenchant film starring Al Pacion as upstanding attorney Arthur Kirkland. A hard-line-- and tainted-- judge (John Forsythe) stands accused of rape, and Kirkland (Al Pacino) has to defend him. Kirkland has a history with the judge, who jailed one of the lawyer's clients on a technicality. When the judge, confesses his guilt, Kirkland faces an ethical and legal quandary. I think this movie is Outstanding because I like drama movies.

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