Bending the Rules

Synopsis: A district attorney is determined to take down a corrupt New Orleans cop.
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Artie Mandelberg
Production: Independent Pictures
83 min

My head.

- Hey, Nick.

- Gil. How you been?

Move. Move. I said move.

First of all, A, I'm a cop.

B, we're in New Orleans and it's July.

Doesn't it get itchy? Sweaty?

The paper.

Even though your face is covered,

I can tell, you need a hug.

- Back off.

- Come on.

- Come to papa.

- You crazy.

- Give it up.

- You're crazy, man.

No love? Really?

You coming?

- What did I do?

- How should I know?

You gonna pick that up?

Hurry, I gotta go to court.

I will not run in this heat, Gil.

Now you owe me a bullet. Let's go.

Thank you.

Come on, man. You can't lock me up

for walking down the street.

Guy with the persuader

pointed at my head?

I don't know that guy.

- What's in the paper?

- News. Newspaper.


And the gun.

Okay, easy tiger.

What's with the paper?

This is a really unsatisfying


- Put him someplace uncomfortable.

- How you doing?

Better than you.

He took my money.

And when you tell me what

I'm arresting you for, you'll get it back.

Off to dance with Lady Justice.

Luckily, she hasn't known you very long.


I've always been lucky.

Hey. What the hell?


Thank you, sir.

You're Lena Valoise.

I was.

Tomorrow, Again

is one of my favorite movies.

Me too.

- Nick.

- How do you do?

Great. What are you doing here?

I've come to see my son,

the assistant DA.

Me too.

- You must be very proud.

- I must.

- They'll let you in dressed like that?

- I'm hoping.

- You look a little lost.

- I am. Courtroom 3?

Come. I'll show you.

We call it the thin blue line, the police.

The fragile barrier

between the bad guys and you.

We give policemen

like Detective Nick Blades guns.

We pay them well.

And all we ask in return

is that they do what they swear they'll do.

Protect and serve.

But what happens

if they break that promise?

What happens if one day you can't tell

the good guys from the bad guys?

Your Honor, would Mr. Gold

care to join us in this case?

- Counsel?

- Chaos, my friends.


The very wardrobe he so disrespectfully

wears in this courtroom... emblematic of the point.

- Objection.

- Sustained.

When I was a kid,

I believed in Batman and Superman.

- Mr. Gold....

- You know what? I still do.

I believe there is such a thing

as right and wrong.

I believe in an irrepressible commitment

to the truth.

An irreproachable moral and ethical code

that cannot be compromised.

Detective Blades thought

he could be the law, but not follow it.

That's not right, ladies and gentlemen.

That's wrong.

Thank you.

We will adjourn for the day.

First time he called the police on me

he was 9.

- What'd you do?

- I took away his LEGOs.

Mr. Gold.

Your reaction

to the DA's decision to retire?

Clark Gunn has had a brilliant career.

I'll miss him.

Do you have any comments

on a frontrunner for the interim slot?

I've been dealing with police corruption.

It doesn't leave a lot of time

to deal with office personnel matters.

Do you plan on attending

Willie Van Beber's execution?

I did my job...

...putting Willie Van Beber

right where he belongs.

I'll let the good Lord and his executioner

take it from there.

Excuse me.

You people don't mind if I borrow my son,

the assistant DA, do you?

- I won't keep him long.

- Mom.

You sure you don't have

an announcement to make?

Your father is having an affair.

Would you and the good Lord

care to comment on that?

- I do not have time for this.

- What do you mean?

Every time you say

Dad's having sex with someone else.

Go to the country house.

Where's the van?

It's dead.

You were gonna replace the battery.

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