Matinee: And Justice For All (1979)
Time: 2:00 P.M.
Starring: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsyth, Lee Strasberg
Rated: R; 119 minutes
Norman Jewison's satirical look at the American justice system has gained in standing as one of the more razor-sharp social commentaries of its time. Arthur Kirkland (Pacino) is an honorable attorney who attempts to initiate reforms in the Maryland justice system. He is troubled by the outcome of two past clients, one of whom committed suicide in jail; the other is still alive but is locked up on a bogus traffic violation. The ability of power and money to alter the pursuit of justice becomes all too clear as Kirkland finds out how deeply the corrosion has spread. Finally he strikes back by representing a vile judge (Forsythe) accused of rape.Some critics declared the script too outrageous - others found it painful in its razor-sharp indictment of the justice system.