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Two classic lawyer movies-ruminations-feel free to ignore

Postby nosborne48 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:12 pm

I have been thinking and speaking lately a bit on the role of the lawyer and the judiciary in a free society and so have returned to two films that influenced me and will certainly influence others in their legal careers:

-The really classic and famous "To Kill a Mockingbird" with its portrait of Atticus Finch. If you have never seen the film or read the book I urge you to do so now. Finch's character represents all that is noble and best in the practice of law and is regularly cited as an inspiration to all of us to be better people and better lawyers.

-The second, darker film will haunt your life. "Judgment at Nuremberg" explores what happens in a just and decent society when the law itself is co-opted to evil ends. It is a film about difficult ideas that matter deeply to all of us. It was, therefore, not a commercial success.

Of the two, every aspiring lawyer watches "Mockingbird" but they SHOULD watch "Nuremberg".
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Re: Two classic lawyer movies-ruminations-feel free to ignor

Postby Rich Douglas » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:03 pm

I love both of those movies, but for their studies in character as much as the law.

I also really like "The Rainmaker."

"The Firm" gave me the willies, though.
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Re: Two classic lawyer movies-ruminations-feel free to ignor

Postby SteveFoerster » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:14 pm

My favorite "legal" movie is probably Runaway Jury.
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Re: Two classic lawyer movies-ruminations-feel free to ignor

Postby Eric » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:34 pm

To Kill a Mockingbird - great classic.

A Time to Kill is a 1996 film.

Runaway Jury is also good one.

And a twisted one that I hate and like - Devils advocate.
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Re: Two classic lawyer movies-ruminations-feel free to ignor

Postby David » Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:09 am

How about Barney Greenwald in the Caine Mutiny?
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Re: Two classic lawyer movies-ruminations-feel free to ignor

Postby nosborne48 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:00 am

Caine Mutiny was also very good.
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Re: Two classic lawyer movies-ruminations-feel free to ignor

Postby worldtraveler » Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:12 am

A Few Good Men,

Jack Nicholson as Colonel Nathan Jessup was the best.

You Can't handle the truth! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FnO3igOkOk


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104257/
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Re: Two classic lawyer movies-ruminations-feel free to ignor

Postby David » Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:15 pm

Funnily enough my book club read Caine just last month and given the psychological dimensions I was conscripted to lead the discussion. The last time I read it I was in high school in the early sixties. As things wound up the group was interested in the contemporary approach to Queeg's psychopathology and grilled me on how he and the situation might be assessed by current standards.
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Re: Two classic lawyer movies-ruminations-feel free to ignor

Postby mattchand » Sat May 17, 2014 7:08 pm

I'm a little bit surprised that no one has mentioned 12 Angry Men.
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Re: Two classic lawyer movies-ruminations-feel free to ignor

Postby John Bear » Sat May 17, 2014 7:46 pm

And let's not forget "Three for Jamie Dawn" -- a film about a corrupt lawyer who sets out to bribe three jury members in a high-profile celebrity trial. Allied Artists. Ricardo Montalban, June Havoc, Larraine Day.

Well, everyone else has forgotten it. It is one of three films my father wrote before he was blacklisted in 1956, and I've never seen it. Apparently never made it to tape or disk.
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Re: Two classic lawyer movies-ruminations-feel free to ignor

Postby Jimmy » Sat May 17, 2014 7:58 pm

mattchand wrote:I'm a little bit surprised that no one has mentioned 12 Angry Men.


I was about to mention this until I saw your post. Yes, that is a great movie.
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Re: Two classic lawyer movies-ruminations-feel free to ignor

Postby SteveFoerster » Sun May 18, 2014 3:34 pm

John Bear wrote:And let's not forget "Three for Jamie Dawn" -- a film about a corrupt lawyer who sets out to bribe three jury members in a high-profile celebrity trial. Allied Artists. Ricardo Montalban, June Havoc, Larraine Day. Well, everyone else has forgotten it. It is one of three films my father wrote before he was blacklisted in 1956, and I've never seen it. Apparently never made it to tape or disk.

Leonard Maltin apparently reviewed it, so perhaps it survived somewhere?

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Twelve Angry Men?

Postby nosborne48 » Sun May 18, 2014 6:48 pm

I read the play in High School then re-read it in law school. I don't think I've ever seen the movie but the play was pretty good. It has only one "flaw" if you can call it that. If I recall, the prosecution produces the murder weapon and claims its a unique knife that the defendant was known to possess. One juror, however, goes out and buys an identical knife and plunges it into the tabletop in the jury room.

We don't actually allow that. Jurors are instructed not to visit the scene or make any investigation of their own. Granted, a juror might disregard that instruction, though in my experience jurors take their instructions very seriously, but if that happened, most likely another juror would say something to the bailiff and the result would be an immediate mistrial.

But it made for good drama!

About twenty-five years ago, a prosecutor working in the same office I worked in managed inadvertently to select an all-woman jury. We teased him pretty badly...told him he had a jury of "Twelve Angry Women and One Mildly Pissed-off Alternate".

He lost. :)
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Re: Two classic lawyer movies-ruminations-feel free to ignor

Postby John Bear » Sun May 18, 2014 8:41 pm

Steve:
"Leonard Maltin apparently reviewed it, so perhaps it survived somewhere?
http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/93085/Th ... amie-Dawn/"

Thanks Steve. I'd like to think it exists somewhere. Decades ago, I wrote to the actors thinking they might have a copy in their 'scrapbooks.' Only Richard Carlson replied, but was not able to help.
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Re: Two classic lawyer movies-ruminations-feel free to ignor

Postby Eric » Mon May 19, 2014 4:40 am

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