Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Synopsis: INNER CITY is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action. Colin Farrell costars as the monied, cutthroat lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Dan Gilroy
Production: Sony Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
122 min


PC section...



in the first degree.

PC section...


"provides, in relevant part...

A person commits...

the building which regularly

or intermittently is used...

In place...

Keep on truckin', baby


which... " Hello?

"One resides in a period of 48-"


Yeah, of course I remember you.

That's why I gave you my card.

Yeah. Yeah. Ankle monitors don't

just fall off. You cut them off.

Ifs a big difference.

Because it's a violation.

- How you doing?

- I'm here.

Well, I can't advise you to do that.

I hear banging.

- William Henry Jackson.

- Well, open it. Heh.

Right, open it before they kick it in.

- Hello?

- No.

- No. Dear Jesus.

- Hello'?

Oh, God. Where'd they take him'?

Roman! William's had a heart attack

outside his building.

He's at MLK.

- Is it serious?

- Of course it's serious.

He's at the emergency room.

Call the hospital

and see what you can learn.

I'll tell you what to do.

I'll tell you what we're gonna do.

Get Kibby on the phone.

He can cover for him.

- Kibby retired.

- When?

Years ago. Now, listen, Roman,

William had a full day today.

- Okay.

- You have to cover for him.

- Okay.

- Tell the clients and the prosecutors...

- and the judges what's going on.

- Okay.

Get continuances.

- Okay.

- Just continuances.

Just continuances.

I typed up his day.

It's in there on my desk.

- All right.

- Dear Lord.


Just continuances.

All metal goes in the trays.

- Phones, change.

- Step forward, please.

If you have a belt, please remove it.


Any loose change.

You must remove it

so it can be scanned.

Next person.

Put your arms out. Just hold right there.

Listen, my iPod, I got 8000 songs in here.

The last time I put that in there...

I lost the bass range

on Gil Scott-Heron's "Winter in America."

Brian Jackson.

Everything gets scanned.

- Step up, please.

- Next.

Thank you, sir.

All phones off.

Phones off.

All phones off.

Excuse me, sister. Where's the...?

The court for white folks?

Phones off.


Quiet in the court.

Uh, excuse me.

What do you have on number 32?

Langston Bailey?

This says William Jackson's his lawyer.

Mr. Jackson had a heart attack

this morning.

- I'm Roman Israel, his partner.

- I didn't know Jackson had a partner.

Heh. Well, I don't have the,

uh, patience...

for the butchery that occurs here.

Mr. Jackson does.

You want a continuance?

- What bail you offering?

- No bail.

And he pleads to count one.

I'll tell the judge and request

a minimum five years.

He's facing 15 at trial.

For a 17-year-old breaking and entering?

Hell, why don't we just get it over with

and, uh, heh, shoot him?

That's the offer.

- Do what you gotta do.

- Offer doesn't really...

He's not taking top plea.

I can tell you that.

You're already overcharging him.

Let's talk about mitigating circumstances.

He was caught wearing a T-shirt

with a gang symbol.

Like the flag pin on your lapel.

Five years.

That's as low as the People will go.

What people? There's no people.

There's you making a bullshit

career-climbing offer. Let's admit it.

Present it to your client.

His name is Langston.

He's a high school junior in good

standing. Plays on the soccer team.

All of this despite

that his father's in jail...

his mother is in drug treatment...

and due to a legion of forces

beyond his control...

he joined a gang for acceptance,

family and protection.

He has one prior minor offense.

Each one of us is greater

than the worst thing we've ever done.

Deep bows.

Please talk to your client.

- My conviction rate's 100 percent.

- All rise.

Court of District Nine is now in session.

The Honorable James Hurakami

is presiding.

Langston Bailey.

Thank you, bailiff. You may be seated.

Wow, five to seven?

Thought I was going to juvie, though.

I want to speak to Mr. Jackson.

He's in the hospital.

- When's he coming back?

- Wish I knew.

I want a new lawyer.

I want to switch. I have rights.

Mr. Jackson is the one

who comes to court...

but he comes to me

for legal guidance.

Now, you're being overcharged to accept

a plea and to keep things moving.

They want to punish you

for even asking for a day in court.

It's a volume business.

With guards getting overtime

and private companies owning the jails...

and building them as well. It's a fact.

You want to fight, we'll fight.

I mean, to hell with the bill.

But if we take it to trial...

and you lose...

they hit you with 15 years.

And they rarely lose.

Keep your head up.

And do some push-ups.

This is a preliminary hearing

on the case...

of The People of the State of California

v. William Carlos Ramirez.

Case number A64-9725.

Counsel will slate your names.

People are represented

by Michael Wesley.

Roman J. Israel, Esquire,

on behalf of Mr. Ramirez.

Mr. Israel, I'll grant a continuance,

given lead counsel's medical emergency.

Um... I'd like to dive right in,

Your Honor.

Very good.


Uh, Your Honor, the People request the

defendant, Mr. William Carlos Ramirez...

be held to answer

on three counts of violating...

Health and Safety Code

Section 11351...

"possession of powder cocaine for sale.

Mr. Ramirez was observed

and filmed making three drug sales...

to undercover officers.

Mr. Ramirez made a confession

to detectives...

that he supported himself

selling drugs.

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Dan Gilroy

Daniel Christopher Gilroy (born June 24, 1959) is an American screenwriter and film director. He is best known for writing and directing Nightcrawler (2014), for which he won Best Screenplay at the 30th Independent Spirit Awards, and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 87th Academy Awards. Before becoming both a writer and director, Gilroy worked mostly as a screenwriter. His screenwriting credits include Freejack (1992), Two for the Money (2005), The Fall (2006), Real Steel (2011), and The Bourne Legacy (2012)—the last in collaboration with his brother Tony Gilroy. His wife, Rene Russo, has also been his frequent collaborator since the two met in 1992 and married later that year. more…

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