Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, has asked for thoughts about movies featuring attorneys. Faithful readers of this blog know that I have no hesitation about highlighting the less attractive aspects of my profession, for example here and here. However, I would be less than candid if I did not admit that there are rather amusing or exciting aspects to being an attorney, and many of those occur in court. Film reflects this, although it does not reflect the majority of an attorney’s work which is often congealed tedium.
10. My Cousin Vinnie (1992)-One of the funniest movies I have ever seen, and hands down the funniest movie about a trial. Joe Pesci is unforgettable as a fledgling litigator, a true diamond in the rough. The late Fred Gwynne as the strict judge is very true to life. (I suspect all attorneys who appear in courts encounter a judge as portrayed in the film sooner or later.)
9. The Verdict (1982)-Paul Newman is unbelievably good as a burned out alcoholic attorney who gives everything he has to win a personal injury case.
8. A Few Good Men (1992)-The court martial is fairly unrealistic, but no list of films about attorneys would be complete without the cross-examination featured in the above video clip.
7. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)-Charles Laughton steals every scene he is in as an aging barrister at the top of his game. Besides, I really appreciate the comments about the British National Health Care system in the video clip! Read the rest of this entry »