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Law in the Movies-Witness for the Prosecution

August 17th, 2015

By Corey Quinto Based on the short story by Agatha Christie, this 1957 courtroom classic sees Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton) a master barrister who must defend Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) after he is convicted of murdering an elderly woman. When Wilfrid discovers that Leonard’s wife Christine (Marlene Dietrich) is testifying for the Prosecution and […]

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Law in the Movies-The Firm

August 11th, 2015

By Corey Quinto Based on the novel by John Grisham, this 1993 legal thriller sees Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise) a recent Harvard graduate who starts working at a powerful law firm where Avery Tolar (Gene Hackman), one of the heads of the company, takes Mitch under his wing to help him climb to the top […]

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Law in the Movies-12 Angry Men

August 7th, 2015

By Corey Quinto: Based on the teleplay by Reginald Rose, this 1957 courtroom classic centers on twelve male jurors who must come to a verdict that will determine the fate of a eighteen year old boy from the slums who is about to face the death penalty for stabbing his father to death. During the […]

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Law in the Movies-The Verdict

July 13th, 2015

By Corey Quinto- This 1982 courtroom classic portrays Frank Galvin (Paul Newman), a down on his luck lawyer trying to get his career back on track, who takes on medical malpractice case that will send him on the journey unlike any other. Along the way, Galvin must learn to overcome his alcohol addiction so he […]

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Law in the Movies- To Kill A Mockingbird

July 7th, 2015

By Corey Quinto- Based on the bestselling novel by Harper Lee, this 1962 classic centers on lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) as he takes on the most difficult task of defending an African American prisoner at a time when racism was still very significant down south in the 1930s. The film captures the time and […]

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Law in the Movies-The Insider

June 28th, 2015

By Corey Quinto- Based on the Vanity Fair article titled “The man who knew too much”, this 1999 film centers on Jeffery Wigand (Russell Crowe), a former research developer of Brown and Williamson who blew the whistle on big tobacco and exposed the dangers of it.  The CBS news program 60 Minutes was used as […]

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Law in the Movies-Philadelphia

June 22nd, 2015

By Corey Quinto- Based on true-life events, this 1993 film depicts Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks), and attorney who is diagnosis with HIV, AIDS and loses his job. Beckett, with the help of lawyer Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), take this appalling act to court where Andrew claims that he was fired out of discrimination because of […]

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Law in the Movies-Erin Brockovich

June 16th, 2015

By Corey Quinto- Based on true life events, this 2000 film tells the story of Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts), a down on her luck single mother who fought against the corporation known as the Pacific Gas and Electric Company while trying to raise her three children. Set during the early 1990’s, the film tackles on […]

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