Legal Moments at the Movies
"If my hands weren't tied by the unalterable fetters of the law, then I would invoke the tradition of our illustrious forebears, reach back to a purer, sterner justice, and have you burned at the stake!"
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Arthur Kirkland: You're out of order! . . . The whole trial is out of order! . . . It's a show! It's Let's Make A Deal! . . . Hey Frank, you wanna make a deal? I got an insane judge [for a client] who likes to beat the shit out of women! Whaddya wanna gimme, Frank, three weeks probation?
. . . And Justice for All (1979)
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
"Lookit, you're intelligent beings. Let's cut a deal. I can help you. I'm a lawyer. Hey, you wanna conquer the world, you're gonna need lawyers, right?"
Mars Attacks! (1996)
"These twelve people are asked to judge another human being. ... And in their judgment, they must become of one mind-unanimous. It's one of the miracles of man's disorganized soul that they can do it, and in most instances, do it right well. God bless juries."
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
"[Y]ou and your self-righteous code of the goddamn streets. Did it pull you out of a 30-year stint in only five years? No, it didn't, I did. ... [Y]our whole goddamn world is this big, and there's only one rule: You save your own ass."
The Devil's Advocate
KAREN: But not a word of it is true! We’ve never thought of each other that way.
MARTHA: No, of course you didn’t. But who’s to say I didn’t?
The Children’s Hour
“You think your average juror is King Solomon? No, he’s a roofer with a mortgage. He wants to go home and sit in his Barcalounger and let the cable TV wash over him. And this man doesn’t give a single, solitary droplet of shit about truth, justice, or your American way.”
“Nothing’s riding on this except the, uh, First Amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country.”
All the President’s Men