. . .And Justice for All is a film that attempts to alternate between comedy and drama, handling neither one incompetently, but also not excelling at either task.

. . .And Justice for All is a film that attempts to alternate between comedy and drama, handling neither one incompetently, but also not excelling at either task.

Centering on the impossible circumstances a sensitive lawyer encounters when dealing with the complexities and corruption of the American judicial system, pic is another good vehicle for Al Pacino.

Pic begins on a serious note with Pacino, jailed for contempt of court, witnessing jailers and inmates terrify a transvestite being locked up for robbery.

Mood quickly changes to comedy with Pacino going off to the scene of a car accident to aid an overemotional client.

The story most explored, that of John Forsythe’s judge accused of brutally raping a young girl, is compelling but never fully fleshed out to satisfaction.

1979: Nominations: Best Actor (Al Pacino), Original Screenplay

... And Justice for All

Production

Columbia. Director Norman Jewison; Producer Norman Jewison, Patrick Palmer; Writer Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson; Camera Victor J. Kemper Editor John F. Burnett; Music Dave Grusin Art Richard MacDonald

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 120 MIN.

With

Al Pacino Jack Warden John Forsythe Lee Strasberg Christine Lahti Jeffrey Tambor
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