Synopsis: A judge commits suicide, and his secretary is found murdered. A homeless deaf-mute man, Carl Anderson is arrested for her murder. Public defender Kathleen is assigned by the court as his lawyer. She sets to find the real killer, and gets help from the congressional advisor, Eddie Sanger who is called to be on the jury panel. Together they discover a dangerous circle of corruption in high places.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Peter Yates
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

- Miss Quinn.

- Justice Lowell.

I hope you haven't

been waiting too long.

Please come in.

- You have plans for the holidays?

- I'm staying in the city.

Spending Christmas with some friends.

I never know what to get people.

My wife would buy our gifts.

She always got just the right thing.

I hope this is appropriate.

Use it well.

Thank you, I will.

- Have a good Christmas.

- And you too.

Would you like

your car brought around?

Not just yet, Marie.

I want to clear my desk.

You know, Abraham Lincoln used to

hunt wild turkey down our roads.

You can still bag one there

for Christmas dinner.

Okay, polar bears! Let's go!

Come on, Mike. It's not that cold.

Bill, we've got something here.

UP here!

And now back to our main story.

Justice Lowell is said to have been

despondent over failing health.

The president, speaking this morning

at a memorial service, -

- called the Justice one of our

finest, most eloquent jurists.

A man dedicated to law and truth.

Funeral services will be held

this afternoon.

You pigs! That was my mother's!

- What is she doing?

- Out of the way!

From Your Honor's lock-up list:

Number fifteen,

United States vs Daniel Adams.

- Hi, Jack.

- Hi, Kath.

- Get my message?

- Yeah. You okay?

Yes, I'm fine.

Make him take a recess.

We'll blow smoke up his judicial ass.

Did I miss anything?

- Your assault with intent skipped.

- He promised me he wouldn't.

I have a feeling we'll see him

in March with a nice Florida tan.

Here's today's top forty.

- Busy night.

- 102 felony arrests.

Some kind of a record for Monday.

There must be something in the air.

- The Christmas spirit.

- Oh, yeah.

Get Carl Wayne Anderson.

Next on the list

is number seventeen:

United States

vs Carl Wayne Anderson.

Is his attorney present?

Your Honor, Mr. Anderson has refused

to speak with anyone at all.

You are accused of first degree murder.

Do you understand that?

Do you know where you are?

As I am unable to determine

whether Mr. Anderson is competent, -

- I will postpone presentment

pending psychiatric evaluation.

- Does the man have means of support?

- He's indigent, Your Honor.

The court, then,

will appoint new counsel.

Miss Riley with the Public Defenders'

Office will represent Mr. Anderson.

I'm due for vacation.

I haven't had a vacation in a year.

Miss Riley, please accompany

Mr. Anderson and interview him.

Yes, Your Honor.

What's next?

I'm Kathleen Riley,

with the Public Defenders' Office.

I'd like to ask you a few questions.

You're being charged with murder.

Could you tell me where you were

around midnight, December 18th?

Where were you at midnight,

December 18th?

I'm your lawyer.

Anything you tell me is confidential.

If you don't talk to me,

I can't help you.

I guess this is a waste of time.

Do you understand

what's happening to you?

Jim, you wanna let me out of here?

Can't they read?

Don't you own a watch?

We're in trouble.

We're in deep sh*t.

Support's drying up like an old whore.

It's too close to call.

- Did Comisky declare yet?

- She's still on the fence.

- Did she go in?

- Yep.

- Here's Eddie.

- Congressman Newton. Good to see you.

What about the whip? He said he'd never

turn his back on the American farmer.

What else is new? He got a sudden

backache. He's sitting out the vote.

Told his side of the aisle

to vote their conscience.

That'd be a first.

- What do you think, Grace?

- I can't help you, Eddie.

Just wanted to see

which way the wind was blowing.

- That's it?

- Yeah. I respect you.

I won't insult you with promises.

You gotta vote your conscience.

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Eric Roth

Eric Roth (born March 22, 1945) is an American screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Forrest Gump (1994). He also co-wrote the screenplays for several Oscar-nominated films: The Insider (1999), Munich (2005), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). more…

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