Film: ...And Justice for All
Judge Rayford: Mr. Kirkland, you are out of order!
Arthur Kirkland: YOU'RE out of order! YOU'RE out of order! The whole TRIAL is out of order! THEY'RE out of order!
A 1979 courtroom drama directed by Norman Jewison, starring Al Pacino
and John Forsythe.
Arthur Kirkland (Pacino), a very moral public defender
in Baltimore, is growing sick
of all the evils inherent in the justice system.
One of his clients is a man wrongly imprisoned due to a name mix up and frame job, and whom the Jerkass Judge Henry T. Fleming
(Forsythe) won't release due to a minor technicality. A close friend has a mental breakdown when a client murders again after being acquitted, and Kirkland watches as one of his cases goes to an apathetic lawyer. He's also in trouble with the state bar ethics committee, for snitching on a client (after he learned that someone was forcing people to put lit cherry bombs in their mouths at gunpoint... just like the client had repeatedly fantasized about doing).
While Kirkland is in this happy place, he learns that Judge Fleming has been arrested for rape. Not only that, but to his gaping incredulity, he learns that Fleming wants Kirkland to be the defense attorney. Fleming, though he loathes Kirkland, feels that if he's seen representing him, it will make people think Kirkland believes he's innocent and help the case, since why defend a man he so despises otherwise? Kirkland can't get out of it either, because Fleming has friends in high places
, and great sway over the ethics committee (he is also the one that brought the client-snitching to their attention), as the judge reminds him
Stress and frustration mount up as one client commits suicide and another is killed in prison. Meanwhile, Kirkland gets more and more proof that Fleming is guilty as hell. Then, just before Kirkland stands up to give his opening statement on Fleming's behalf, the judge says he'd be happy to "meet" the victim again sometime...
Not to be confused with Metallica
's 1988 album of the same name.