- Director: Norman Jewison
- Writer: Valerie Curtin; Barry Levinson
- Producer: Norman Jewison; Patrick J. Palmer
Humiliating a drag queen in jail, a criminal called Wanky and a judge firing a gun in court - that's the first 15 minutes.
Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? Neither.
It is a complete heavy-handed mess with hideous music.
The helicopter scene is possibly the most irrelevant in cinematic history.
Pacino made a dismal choice, the rest of the production and writing team should have hung up their film-making capabilities.......they simply conned an entire audience.
As bad as it gets.
To think that this received Academy nominations is beyond contemplation.
When a judge is charged with rape, Arthur Kirkland is forced to defend him. Kirkland has had problems with the judge in the past, including one incident when the judge wrongly sentenced his client Jeff McCullaugh because of a technicality. Kirkland faces a moral and legal dilemma.