Adam's Rib

Synopsis: When a woman attempts to kill her uncaring husband, prosecutor Adam Bonner gets the case. Unfortunately for him his wife Amanda (who happens to be a lawyer too) decides to defend the woman in court. Amanda uses everything she can to win the case and Adam gets mad about it. As a result, their perfect marriage is disturbed by everyday quarrels...
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): George Cukor
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

Right into the car. To the back of the car.

Watch your step. Step lively, please.

That's all. Take the next train.

Step back.

-Look here, Doris--

-Shut up!

My dear husband!

Oh, no. Doris, please!

Don't, Doris!

Oh, Doris!


Help, murder!



No more, please.



You said it. 7:

Hello, Pinky.

Hello, Pinkie.

You feel all right?

l don't know. Why?

You were making some funny noises

in the night.

l always do, don't l?

That is, you always say

that l always do. How do l know?

You always do, but not this kind.

What kind?

l don't remember exactly,

but sort of like....

-Like that, sort of.

-Really? You don't say.




l say l sound fascinating.

You'll do....

-Hot dog!


Wait a second.

What is it?

Woman shot her husband.

Kill him?

Wait a second. l think she....

Let's see.


-That's a shame.

Condition critical, though.




-Wait a second.

-What is it?

-Find it in yours.

-lt isn't in here.

He was playing her fast and loose,

so she caught him out and popped him.


-This lady l've been telling you about.

-Some lady.

Serves him right, the little two-timer.

Says here he's 5'1 1 '', weighs 180.

Some ''little.''

Little in spirit, l mean, of course.

l don't approve of people rushing

around carrying loaded revolvers.

Depends on who they're rushing at.

ls that what they taught you

at Yale Law School?

lt's not funny.

Contempt for the law is the first thing--

Come in.

Better get moving, you two.

Heavy traffic today.


You big pig.

-Let him go by.

-He wants the whole road.

All l'm saying is there are lots of

things that a man can do...

and in society's eyes it's all hunky-dory.

A woman does the same thing,

and she's an outcast.



l'm not blaming you personally, Adam,

because this is so.

-That's awfully large of you.

-No, it's not your fault.

Why let this deplorable system seep

into our courts of law...

where women are supposed to be equal?

Mostly, l think, females get advantages.

We don't want advantages,

and we don't want prejudices.

Don't get excited, honey.

You're giving me the Bryn Mawr accent.

What did she try to do?

She tried to keep her home intact.

By knocking off her husband.

She didn't knock him off. He's alive.

-She tried. She missed.

-Now supposing--

You want to give her another shot at him?

No, l don't.

-lt burns my goat.

-Your what?

My goat!

Crime should be punished, not condoned.

-lf a woman commits it.

-Anybody. Pull over.


-You lady drivers!

You'll put me away yet!

-'Morning, sir.


-'Morning, Roy.

-They down?

Just now. We've got five assaults,

seven robberies, and l'm still counting.

-You're still young.

-Not for long.

Mommy's only got one pair of brains.

l may give up smoking, you know that?

What's this habeas corpus on 904A?

-Search me.

-No sense to it.

Why should l give up smoking if l like it?

-Oh, no.


-Good heavens.


The one case l don't want is the case l get.

That's always the way.

Rule of the profession.

-But this.

-Which one?

This hysterical Hannah

who tried to kill her husband.

-My wife feels--

-That's a cinch.

You've already got a full confession.

lt's the kind of case

you take your knitting. A cinch.

-A cinch?


-You're not married to my wife.

-How do you know?

A cinch.

l think l ought to poke you one, Roy.

-Yes, sir.

-Adam, you got a minute?

Right now, chief.


A case of overwrought.

Simple overwrought.

l've noticed guys doing

that sort of thing more and more.

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Ruth Gordon

Ruth Gordon Jones (October 30, 1896 – August 28, 1985) was an American film, stage, and television actress, as well as a screenwriter and playwright. Gordon began her career performing on Broadway at age nineteen. Known for her nasal voice and distinctive personality, she gained international recognition and critical acclaim for film roles that continued into her seventies and eighties. Her later work included performances in Rosemary's Baby (1968), Harold and Maude (1971), and the Clint Eastwood films Every Which Way but Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980).In addition to her acting career, Gordon wrote numerous plays, film scripts, and books, most notably co-writing the screenplay for the 1949 film Adam's Rib. Gordon won an Academy Award, an Emmy, and two Golden Globe Awards for her acting, as well as receiving three Academy Award nominations for her writing. more…

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