Alright Wrights and Spoons and any blog stalkers that want to participate (yeah, I’m talking to you Emily and Ami) it is time to start the first Movie Marathon featuring courtroom drama/court cases! Thank you to everyone who sent Emily and me movie suggestions and suggestions on what to call this new feature. We will be putting a poll up on the blog for everyone to vote on a name. As I said earlier, if none of your suggestions got picked, it could be that we think one of your movies fit into another category just as well, so it left room for a movie that might not fit into another category. For example, we got lots of suggestions for 12 Angry Men, one of my personal favorite courtroom drama movies. Em and I decided that movie fits well into another category we have in mind, so we are moving that to another category to make room for a movie on the list that doesn’t really fit well into another category.
Emily and I decided that we each got to pick one movie for the list and then the other three we decide between what you guys suggest and other movies Em and I come up with.
Okay, so are you ready to see what 5 movies we are going to watch?
Drum roll please…………
From the Hip
Defending your Life
Here is a bit of a break down of each:
The Verdict-(1982 rated R)- Stars Paul Newman as an alcoholic ambulance chasing lawyer who is about to settle a malpractice suit, when he realizes the case should go to court. Paul Newman is at his best, and the screen play was written by David Mamet, who wrote other greats like Glengarry Glen Ross and The Untouchables. This is a movie both Emily and I had in mind and was suggested by Dad, of course.
From the Hip-(1987 rated PG)- Starring Judd Nelson and Elizabeth Perkins. The IMDB synopsis says “Apprentice lawyer Robin Weathers turns a civil suit into a headline grabbing charade.” This was the movie Em chose as her pick, but Amy also suggested it. Not sure if Em had this in mind before or after Amy’s suggestion.
Philadelphia (1993 rated PG-13)- Tom Hanks plays a lawyer who contracts AIDS and gets fired from the conservative law firm he works for. He hires Denzel Washington to represent him in a wrongful dismissal suit. The acting in this movie is brilliant. Hanks won Best Actor for this one. The story is intriguing and heart breaking. It is directed by Jonthan Demme who directed mine and Cam’s beloved Stop Making Sense as well as Silence of the Lambs and Neil Young: Heart of Gold (that’s for you Cat).
Defending Your Life (1991 rated PG)- Starring Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep. The movie takes place in the afterlife “waiting room” where you spend your days in a court room defending your actions in life and proving you are worthy to go to heaven. This was my pick. I thought this would be a fun take on court room movies and it has Albert Brooks, whom I will try and fit movies he is in whenever I can. I love him, even more than his dad, Mel. Dan also suggested this movie.
Breaker Morant (1980 PG)- An Australian film about three Army officers on trial for killing a prisoner. I have not seen this movie. I have heard good things about it. I’m not sure if any of us have seen it. It won a lot of film festival awards when it came out including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. It was also nominated for an academy award for Best Adapted Screenplay. One of the things I want to accomplish in this movie marathon is to watch movies we normally wouldn’t see, and I think this is a good one for that purpose. Could turn out to be a Wright Classic!
Well, that’s the list. I hope everyone is okay with it. You have no idea how hard it was to find court movies that are not rated R! You should be proud of us that there is only 1 on the list. And I really think that if The Verdict were made today, exactly the way it is, the MPAA would give it a PG-13 rating. I think it’s really funny that the most recent movie we are watching was released in 1993!
We also got a lot of suggestions for My Cousin Vinny and Liar Liar, seems everyone was hoping for a little comic relief in a pretty serious movie theme. We thought everyone has probably seen both movies a million times, so they don't need to be on the list. Besides, I cannot stand watching the kid in Liar Liar try to act, so I just couldn't make myself purposely watch that movie again. Sorry kid that is in that movie, I hope you've honed your acting skills. And Defending your Life and From The Hip should provide that relief for you.
I think we should start with The Verdict. I say we give everyone 2 weeks to see the movie, so that would be until October 27. If you guys want a different amount of time we can discuss that.
Here is the trailer for The Verdict