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100Kay

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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2006 5:36:29 PM

I just rented Inherit The Wind - Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, Dick York plus others (The guy who played Capt. Potter on Mash was the Judge)

This was a really great court room battle. I think I'd like to see more. Good movie!

Recommend some...
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dell466
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Message Posted: May 19, 2008 9:48:40 AM

12 angry men - the original movie
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FaithAlone
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Message Posted: May 13, 2008 10:12:24 AM

As I commented in a much earlier post, the penultimate scene in "Inherit the Wind" in which Clarence Darrow supposedly gets William Jennings Bryan to "admit" that a "day" in Genesis could be thousands of years is a wholly contrived invention of Hollywood. I've read the transcript of the original trial, including the cross-examination, and this exchange is not in there. So, the moment of "glory" never happened.
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Message Posted: May 12, 2008 3:18:34 PM

A few good men!!!
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gohiking
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2008 10:38:47 AM

I was thinking Inherit the Wind too. Although the movie's subject was the Scopes Monkey Trial, the movie's script was written to comment on the spread of McCarthyism at the time the movie was made, hence promoting free thought and flow of ideas.

If you have never seen this movie, I encourage you to see one of the courtroom scenes here: Inherit the Wind
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nickless
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2008 2:47:37 AM

Witness for the Prosecution - A great Agatha Christie story about a man on trial for murder

(has a very surprise ending)


[Edited by: nickless at 4/8/2008 3:48:23 AM EST]
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stevieyz19
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2008 12:24:24 AM

I agree with Plymouth. 12 Angry Men.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2008 4:10:49 PM

My personal favorite is from "Presumed Innocent" when Raul Julia's character does an absolutely devastating cross on the 'great' Dr. Kumigai. Not too many like that on film.

[Edited by: twinstick at 3/21/2008 5:11:15 PM EST]
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FaithAlone
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2008 9:49:36 AM

Just recently saw To Kill a Mockingbird again with my oldest son, who aspires to follow in my footsteps and become an attorney. This movie really is one of the greatest court-room/lawyer movies in existence.
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Message Posted: Jun 4, 2007 1:32:51 PM

I liked the courtroom battle in the "Exorcism of Emily Rose"
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Plymouth 95
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2007 8:46:00 PM

While actually shot mostly in the jury room, "12 Angry Men" comes to mind.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2007 9:34:51 AM

My Cousin Vinny
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keywest1
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2007 8:19:33 AM

And Justice For All...Al Pacino
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musicmama
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2007 10:47:56 PM

I agree with BenzineBoy. I loved Newman in The Verdict which I believe and will always believe that his performance in that was far more deserving of an Oscar than his roll in The Color of Money.

Three of my favorite courtroom dramas (and comedy in one case);
The Verdict
To Kill A Mockingbird
My Cousin Vinny

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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2007 4:12:25 PM

Primal Fear - Edward Norton was outstanding as an alter boy who looked so innocent.
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2007 7:46:33 PM

To Kill A Mockingbird
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2007 8:40:45 PM

Some great movies posted here so far.


[Edited by: BCNU at 3/14/2007 9:45:19 PM EST]
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BCNU
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2007 6:45:52 AM

My favorite court room scene is by far a 1957 movie called "Witness for the Prosecution"

Starring

Charles Laughton
Tyrone Power
Marlene Dietrich

Has a great surprise ending.

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jjohnson1120
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2007 5:38:40 AM

A Few Good Men. Many memorable quotes.
"You want me on that wall. You need me on that wall."
"You can't handle the truth."
"Oh, I forgot. You were sick the day they taught law at law school."
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2007 11:27:43 PM

Definitely "My Cousin Vinny"

1st - The scene where Vinny gets the witness to say "We Southerners are proud of our grits, we don't cook instant grits"

2nd - The testimony about the automotive minutiae given by Vinny's girl delivered with the best gum snapping New 'Joisey' accent I've ever heard.
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JP2005
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2007 1:11:28 PM

The Client
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JP2005
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2007 1:09:58 PM

To Kill A Mockingbird
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Reiuxcat
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2007 7:44:04 AM

So many good ones listed. Caine Mutiny stands out

One of my favorite comedy court room battles would be Jim Carrey in Liar Liar.

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Judge Stevens: Mr. Reede, one more word out of you, and I will hold you in contempt!
Fletcher: I hold *myself* in contempt! Why should you be any different?

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Guy in the Washroom: What the hell are you doing?
Fletcher: I'm kicking my ass! Do you mind?
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2007 10:12:17 PM

The closing given by Matthew McConaughey in "A Time to Kill".
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SAVMOR
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2006 9:14:58 AM

To Kill a Mockingbird - Gregory Peck was terrific as Finch.
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excelsior
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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2006 7:54:44 PM

I would tend to agree with keywest1. Tom Cruise, the quintessential pretty boy, was simply not believable as an attorney in A Few Good Men.

The best courtroom drama I ever saw was in "And Justice For All", starring a very talented and dramatic Al Pacino.

See it for yourself and draw your own conclusions.
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keywest1
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2006 10:55:06 AM

Tom Cruise should not have been in A Few Good Men... if anything he took away from the court room scene. A little more stature was in order for his character, Maybe Morgan Freeman.
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keywest1
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2006 10:49:46 AM

Check the courtroom scene in THE JACK BULL it is excellent. John Cusack surprised the heck out of me. Well above his norm in a cameo role and John Goodman was exceedingly superb!!
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keywest1
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2006 10:40:52 AM

CHICAGO but you need to warch the whole thing to appreciate it. Richard Gere is very good for being out of his usual stereotype.
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Ivantheterrible
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2006 8:16:11 PM

While "A Few Good Men" comes to mind as recent, "A Miracle on 34th Street" was one of my favorites.
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2006 8:13:02 AM

few good men
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JP2005
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2006 5:25:29 PM

To Kill A Mockingbird
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shep0507
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2006 8:11:48 PM

Gotta go with "A Few Good Men". Anytime that movie is on, I'll sit and watch it from any point in the movie, mostly just to see that famous scene. Don't get me wrong, I love the whole movie, but without that part, it wouldn't be half as good.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2006 7:47:26 AM

Devil's Advocate first trial scene.
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FaithAlone
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2006 10:41:08 AM

100Kay, please forgive me for not answering your question earlier. I did one of those "post it and forget it" things and only happened to come back and see this thread again.

The LSAT is actually a pretty good gauge of one's aptitude for the legal profession. One doesn't necessarily have to be good at debate, since fields like real estate law, intellectual property law, estate planning, tax law, etc. accommodate those who are not debaters. However, you do need to have an aptitude for logical thinking and for attention to detail.

The demand in the real estate field swings back and forth like many things, but the advantage is that you don't have to be concerned about legislation wiping out an entire area of practice.

The biblical reference is: 2 Peter 3:8 "But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." The point is that God is not restricted by time. It has nothing to do with creation. For more information on the term "day" in the creation account in Genesis, visit this site
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2006 8:50:13 AM

Presumed Innocent
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2006 7:47:13 PM

'Judgment at Nuremberg' (Spencer Tracy) and 'Witness for the prosecution' (Charles Laughton)
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TwiztidChick
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2006 4:14:39 AM

Boondock Saints- The end when they shoot the mobster on trial in the middle of the court
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BenzineBoy
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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2006 10:37:33 AM

The Verdict. The performance for which Paul Newman SHOULD have gotten an Oscar. The supporting cast is awesome, conveying volumes of unspoken dialog in their expressions and reactions.
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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2006 8:03:49 AM

I have to go with "To Kill A Mockingbird" but mostly because on top of the courtroom scenes, it is just an excellent movie.
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100Kay
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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2006 12:13:36 AM

FaithAlone: I have been fascinated by the legal profession for as long as I can remember. I took a practice LSAT once and did better than I thought I would. I first thought success depended on the ability recall and recite pertinent precedents at the drop of a hat but now I think it's more the ability to argue and sound convincing.

So it does not surprise me at all that Hollywood would create a 'fact'.

I always thought there was some biblical reference that says "one day is like a thousand years in the eyes of the Lord." You mean that's not in there??

hmmm - - oh well... also not in there "God helps those who help themselves"

I've been thinking about real estate law. Any idea what the demand is in that field?
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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2006 12:04:02 AM

I agree with treed97, A Few Good Men
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FaithAlone
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2006 10:32:58 AM

I'm an attorney, and one day I managed to find the transcript to the actual Scopes Monkey Trial. I read the entire transcript of the section when William Jennings Bryan was being cross-examined by Clarence Darrow. I kept looking for the part where Clarence Darrow tries to make a big deal out of the possibility that the term "day" in Genesis could be longer than a 24-hour period. Guess what? It isn't there! It never happened! Hollywood made the whole thing up. Yet, that exchange between those men is constantly looked back at as "proof" of evolution.
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2006 8:52:19 AM

My Cousin Vinny
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2006 6:05:51 AM

My Cousin Vinny or A Time to Kill
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Message Posted: May 16, 2006 6:34:24 PM

i absolutly love a time to kill
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Message Posted: May 16, 2006 6:27:45 PM

A

Time

To

Kill
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Message Posted: May 8, 2006 6:15:14 AM

The best not to have been mentioned yet in this post: Hands down it is Gene Hackman in the movie Class Action.
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Message Posted: May 8, 2006 1:37:05 AM

Hands down, To Kill A Mockingbird.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2006 4:59:23 AM

Before I even looked at the other posts, my first thought was "My Cousin Vinny."
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Message Posted: May 1, 2006 2:29:38 PM

"You Can't Handle The Truth!"--Few Good Men
My Cousin Vinny--Too many quotes from that movie to name!
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