Law Abiding Citizen

Synopsis: Clyde Shelton's family is brutally murdered. The ones responsible are caught. However, because of improper procedure, the D.A., Nick Rice only has circumstantial evidence. So he decides to get one of them to testify against the other. When Shelton learns of this, he is not happy. Ten years later, the one who was convicted is being executed but something goes wrong; his execution goes awry and he suffers. They learn that someone tampered with the machine. And the other one is found dead, killed in a gruesome manner. Rice suspects Shelton, so he has him picked up. At first, Shelton agrees to a plea agreement with Rice but changes his mind. It appears that Shelton is not done, it appears he blames the whole system and is declaring war on it going after everyone involved with his family's case. So Rice has to stop him but Shelton is way ahead of him.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): F. Gary Gray
Production: Overture Films
  3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min



Are you having fun,



I hope you're doing better

than me, baby,

what are you making?

- Necklace for mom.

Yeah? Let me see.

Wow. Another one?



- That's two today.


- Yeah?



Are you gonna help me

get that?

I thought you and I

had a day off

Go wash up for dinner, pumpkin.

- Okay.

Mmm, smells nice.

Is that take-out?

Mommy, mommy


No, noo.

Noo Noo!

You can't fight faith.

We gotta get the f***

out of her.

What are you doing?

Come on!

F***ing stop!

Let's go!

Shut the f*** up!

It's cool.

Kids like me.

"Law abiding Citizen"

Transcribed by:

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Bringham, what's happening?

Willis is a rowing

buddy of mine

Where are we on his

kids case?


- Yeah

Oh, I kicked that

down the tube.

Now why did you do that?

Because the case

was a dog

The kid was only 15

years old

when he commited

the murder.

So you didn't want to

jeapordize your

- It's actually 96%.

- Yes,

You know, if I didn't

know any better

I'd say you were

gunning for my job.

You do know better,

and you know that

I'm aiming much

higher than that.

They filed a motion

to dismiss, but

there's no way that

judge Abrams honors it.

I think that we can

get him on RICO

All that time and that's

what you come back with, Sarah?

You might wanna re-evaluate

your research skills,

what else have we got?

- She's right

Mr Rice?

- RICO's designed for this

check out section 901 of the

organized crime control act

and you should let

Sarah try this case, too.

Mr Rice, last I checked

I was running this room.

She's already done the leg

work. I'll oversee it,

Helen Keller could

try this case.

Okay boy-wonder, she

fucks up it's on you.


"Thank you"

Cantrell wants to see you

- Alright, I'll be right there.

No. Nick.

He wants to see Nick.

You're still torturing


Let's just say I'm less

impressed with his

Harvard degree than he is.

We can't all have gone

to Fordham.

I went to Fordham

night school.

You know what I learned

at Fordham night school?

It's that law schools have

nothing to do with law.

Guess you skipped the course

on inter-office politics.

All I need is a jury to like me,

isn't that what you told me?

The Shelton case,

where are we?

It went sideways last night.

Judge Birch.

Bad news. What now?

Let's make the deal.

They killed a little girl, Nick.

It's an imperfect system.

- And we it's imperfect servants.

However, you could win this case.

Can't take that chance.

Some justice is better than

no justice at all.

You need to tell the husband.

- It's part of my job.

Good. Because he is waiting for

you right now.


Do you trust me?

Do you trust me, Clyde?

Yeah, of course.

Darby has agreed to

testify against Ames.

With Darbys testimony,

Ames will go to death row.

What about, what about

Darby then?

Darby will plead guilty

to murder.

In what degree?

- Third.

He serves, what, 5 years?

At best.

I dont understand,

I'm sorry.

We had a setback, Clyde.

The judge ruled that

the DNA was inadmissable.

- What?

Exclusionary rule.

The oposing council maneuvered.

You said this part of the case

was clear cut

We had the blood on his shirt,

- It's covered under the same rule

What about the rest

of the forensic evidence?

It's not conclusive, Clyde.

Okay, thats okay. Because I saw,

I saw their faces

I saw them do it. I mean

they killed my little girl, Nick.

You blacked out, Clyde. Your

testimony won't be reliable.

you get on the stand and

the defense will tear you apart.

No no, the jury is going

to believe me, though,

because its the truth.

We can win

We can lose. And then

we have nothing.

You would have wasted

a whole year,

spent millions of dollars,

and then both of them

can end up going free.

Both of them are guilty,

especially Darby. You know that.

It's not what you know, Clyde,

its what you can prove in court.

Please dont make

a deal with them.

Please don't make a deal

- I'm sorry, the deal is done.

I'm sorry.

I made the deal.

- What?

How could you do that?

This is just how the

justice system works.

Listen, I know you don't

think it right now,

but this is a victory

for us.

Your office has certified

this agreement?

Yes, your honor.

- Mr Reynolds?

Any great insights to share

with the court today?

No, your honor.

No insights.

Good, then I trust that

we can move forward

with Mr Ames' trial

unimpeded by delays

a trial date is imminent.

There's no cell phones

in my courtroom, mr Rice.

We've been over this.

- I'm sorry.

I had some exigent

business I was...

Next time it's mine.

Ahh, you married?

- Excuse me?

Are you married?

Please f*** this up.

So I can destroy you.

I wish ill for no man

but Ames deserves

to suffer for what he did.

I mean you cant

fight faith, right?


Once you make a decision,

live with it. Move on.

In this job your best

asset is a short memory.

Don't beat yourself up,

too many other people

out there doing that

already. Look,

there's some of them

right now.

Isn't this when you tell

me some old favel, wise tale...

Alright, alright. I got one.

Marcus Aurelius had a

servant walk behind him

as he made his way to

the roman time square.

And the servants only job

was to whisper in his ear

when people praised him:

"You're only a man"

"You're only a man"

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Kurt Wimmer

Kurt Wimmer was born in 1964. He is a writer and director, known for Total Recall (2012), Equilibrium (2002) and Law Abiding Citizen (2009). more…

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