Q & A

Synopsis: A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuses to help him in this gritty crime film.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Production: TriStar Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
132 min

and get a statement from him.

The TV unit is occupied,

so you'll be using the court stenographer.

His name is Lubin...

...and even now he's struggling

to find his way here from Far Rockaway.

Do you have any questions about how

to conduct your investigation for this office?

- I don't think so, sir.

- Good. Well, it's cut-and-dried.

Thank you, sir.

One word of caution.

Do not speak too rapidly.

Make sure everything said

and everything that happened...

...has been recorded

by the court stenographer.

From now on, for all intents and purposes,

the Q&A defines what really happened.

If it's not in the Q&A...

...it didn't happen.

Wait outside with the other witnesses

until Lubin arrives. Questions?

I'm not to discuss anything

with anyone until Lubin arrives.

- Correct?

- That's correct.


I don't know what this guy's on.

But he just sits there

with a sh*t-eating grin on his face!

So, f*** it.

I figure I've got to straighten him out

a little bit.

So I say, "You've got a right to remain silent

as long as you can stand the pain."

There's nothing. Not a f***ing dent.

Not a f***ing dent!

I decide to fingerprint him in the back room.

He pulls away from me.

He's a big motherf***er. He's 260 or 270.

He starts yelling, "You f***ing harp, this!

You f***ing harp, that!"

I say, "Mr. Calabrese, don't upset me now."

I go to put his hand on the printer.

He pulls his hand away...

...he says, "You can't print me! I'm made!"

He throws the f***ing ink pad!

And I'm standing there...

...and I'm looking

at my new light-blue jacket.

I've got ink all over my f***ing white shirt.

He just ruined my f***ing jacket.

I'm seeing red. I'm pissed, right?

I'm going to get that motherf***er!

I grab him by the ass and the neck...

...and very quietly I say,

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Sidney Lumet

Sidney Arthur Lumet ( loo-MET; June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011) was an American director, producer, and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976), and The Verdict (1982). He did not win an individual Academy Award, but he did receive an Academy Honorary Award and 14 of his films were nominated for various Oscars, such as Network, which was nominated for ten, winning four. The Encyclopedia of Hollywood states that Lumet was one of the most prolific filmmakers of the modern era, having directed more than one movie a year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He was noted by Turner Classic Movies for his "strong direction of actors," "vigorous storytelling" and the "social realism" in his best work. Film critic Roger Ebert described him as having been "one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors." Lumet was also known as an "actor's director," having worked with the best of them during his career, probably more than "any other director." Sean Connery, who acted in five of his films, considered him one of his favorite directors, and a director who had that "vision thing."A member of the maiden cohort of New York's Actors Studio, Lumet began his directorial career in Off-Broadway productions, then became a highly efficient TV director. His first movie, 12 Angry Men (1957), was a courtroom drama centered on tense jury deliberations. Lumet subsequently divided his energies among other political and social drama films, as well as adaptations of literary plays and novels, big stylish stories, New York-based black comedies, and realistic crime dramas, including Serpico and Prince of the City. As a result of directing 12 Angry Men, he was also responsible for leading the first wave of directors who made a successful transition from TV to movies.In 2005, Lumet received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement for his "brilliant services to screenwriters, performers, and the art of the motion picture." Two years later, he concluded his career with the acclaimed drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007). A few months after Lumet's death in April 2011, a retrospective celebration of his work was held at New York's Lincoln Center with the appearance of numerous speakers and film stars. In 2015, Nancy Buirski directed By Sidney Lumet, a documentary about his career, and in January 2017 PBS devoted its American Masters series to Lumet's life as a director. more…

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