…AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
1979, Sony Repertory, 119 min, USA, Dir: Norman Jewison

“You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order!” Al Pacino stars as Arthur Kirkland, who has seen some of the worst abuses of the courtroom in his 12 years as a defense attorney. Nonetheless he continues to fight passionately for his clients - but is thrown for a loop when one of them is a judge (John Forsythe) who has clashed with Kirkland in the past. Pacino’s tour de force performance earned an Oscar nomination, as did Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin’s original screenplay. A still-relevant skewering of the American legal system, …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL boasts a fine supporting cast including Jack Warden, Christine Lahti, Jeffrey Tambor and Lee Strasberg.


SEA OF LOVE
1989, Universal, 113 min, USA, Dir: Harold Becker

Burned-out New York City detective Frank Keller (Al Pacino) gets the call when a man is found murdered with a 45 of the song “Sea of Love” at his bedside. Among Keller’s few leads is a personals ad that had been placed by the victim; teaming up with another investigator (John Goodman) working a similar case, they place an ad of their own. Among the women it attracts is Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin), and though she can’t be eliminated as a suspect, Keller begins a relationship with her. There’s terrific chemistry among the leads (Pacino earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance), and this hit erotic thriller will keep you guessing until the very end.


CARLITO’S WAY
1993, Universal, 144 min, Dir: Brian De Palma

Puerto Rican gangster Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) gets out of jail determined to go straight, but his old associates - and an unscrupulous attorney played by a devilishly hilarious Sean Penn - have other ideas. De Palma and Pacino’s reunion following SCARFACE is another American epic, but one more tragic than comic - unlike Tony Montana, Carlito Brigante truly does have a soul to lose - as well as a woman he loves (Penelope Ann Miller) and a disco that De Palma turns into the most visually evocative nightclub this side of GILDA.


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