Just Cause

Synopsis: Bobby Earl is facing the electric chair for the murder of a young girl. Eight years after the crime he calls in Paul Armstrong, a professor of law, to help prove his innocence. Armstrong quickly uncovers some overlooked evidence to present to the local police, but they aren't interested - Bobby was their killer.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Arne Glimcher
Production: Warner Home Video
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

You want my money,

best throw some elbow into that.

$1.50. That's 2-bits shy a car wash.

$1.50 each.

No, man. You must have got me confused

with some other idiot.

The rain's doing half your work.

Look here.

Bobby Earl, the cultured pearl.

What's up, Gomer?

Boys, take a break.

Bobby Earl, we got to talk.

- I said quit!

- Talk about what?

Take a ride.

- A ride.

- Please.

It's Wilcox.

I need a tech team at Ferguson's place.

What kind of car is that?

Leave him be!

You cracker son of a b*tch!

- I should lock you up!

- Grandma, go inside.

- Can't you just leave him be?

- I'm all right, Grandma.

It's all right.

I'll be back before supper.

Grandma, why are they taking Bobby Earl?

Give me that head!

Let's shake up that cage, son!

You're not getting that meat

tenderized enough?

Sit down!

Let's see what else we got to start with.

Look here, Bobby Earl!

Get the f*** up.

I'll ask you nicely, son.

Did you f*** her before

or after you filleted her?

Country-ass motherf***er.

"A**hole," is it?

I'll show you!

F***ing a**hole!

"At the first official electrocution in 1890...

"...the victim had the electrodes

removed from his head...

"...after 15 seconds.

"Suddenly he opened his eyes

and began gasping for air...

"...apparently unaware

that he was supposed to be dead.

"The warden and all present

lost their wits...

"...before calling for the current

to be turned back on.

"Witnesses describe a blue flame

playing about the base of the spine.

"This time the electricity flowed

for four minutes.

"Over the years, other witnesses

to electrocutions...

"...have described the prisoner

catching fire...

"...the electricity so powerful...

"...that the eyeballs pop out

onto the cheeks...

"...a sound like bacon frying.

"During the autopsy, the liver is so hot

that it can't be touched by human hands.

"Despite its best efforts,

this justice system has killed...

"...at least 23 innocent men...

"...and sentences blacks who kill whites...

"...seven times more than whites

who kill blacks. "


... to the 1990s.

Over 100 years of progress.

You paint a grim picture indeed, Professor.

I wish you had been as vivid

describing the victims.

They were people who suffered

far more cruel and unusual punishment...

... than any our penal system

could even imagine.

- I refuse to believe...

- Let me finish.

- Let me finish.

- Very well.

I submit to you, the issue is revenge.

An eye for an eye,

a tooth for a tooth, if you will.

No, I refuse to believe

in any god or government...

... which is willing to trade

torture for torture...

... or death for death.

In closing, Professor...

... if your wife...

... or child were murdered...

... how would you feel

about that last statement of yours?

How would I feel?

Very much the same as yourself.

But I would not want

their deaths avenged...

... by a system as cruel

and capricious as this.

- You changed my mind.

- I thought I had you.

- They're going to kill my boy.

- Excuse me?

My grandson's in a Florida prison

on Death Row for something he didn't do.

Good luck. I'll see you in Washington.

I'm sorry. I no longer practice law.

He said to me,

"Go up to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"Find Mr. Paul Armstrong...

"...and give him this."

Well, thank you.

I'll read it and get back to you.

Read it now.

Come far?

Ochopee, Florida.

A long way.

"Victim was white. I am black.

No food or water."


By Mr. Tanny Brown, the black-hatingest

police in Everglade County.

"Murder one.

"Death penalty."

The white judge was 87.

He called Bobby Earl an animal,

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Jeb Stuart

Jeb Stuart (born 1956) is an American film director, film producer and screenwriter. more…

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