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...And Justice for All Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:October 19, 1979

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Al Pacino Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1979 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Al Pacino Best Actor 1979 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Valerie Curtin Best Original Screenplay 1979 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Barry Levinson Best Original Screenplay 1979 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Norman Jewison
Director
Norman Jewison
Producer
Joe Wizan
Producer
Patrick Palmer
Producer
Valerie Curtin
Screenwriter
Barry Levinson
Screenwriter
Frederic Kimball
Dialogue Writer
Victor J. Kemper
Cinematographer
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Samish
Art Director
Joe Wizan
Executive Producer
Ruth Myers
Costume Designer
Win Phelps
First Assistant Director
Alan Bergman
Lyricist
Marilyn Bergman
Lyricist
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