The Whole Truth

Synopsis: Defense attorney Richard Ramsay takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter, that he will keep her son Mike out of prison. Charged with murdering his father, Mike initially confesses to the crime. But as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence about the kind of man that Boone Lassiter really was comes to light. While Ramsay uses the evidence to get his client acquitted, his new colleague Janelle tries to dig deeper - and begins to realize that the whole truth is something she alone can uncover.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Courtney Hunt
Production: PalmStar Media
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min


When the court

officer smiled at me

on the morning of trial,

I knew I was fucked.

They weren't taking

bets on this one.

Mike had killed his father,

Boone Lassiter,

left his handprint on the knife,


Half my cases had

evidence this bad.

I just pled them out,

got manslaughter and moved on,

but this was Mike, and I'd

known him all his life.

He was going to college

and probably law school,

and I doubted his mother

could survive him

going to the penitentiary.

But I knew Boone, I had that,

and I knew enough about

the Lassiter household

to know that Mike had a defense,

if he would just talk to me.

- Jim.

- Morning.

Flyin' solo on this one?

Section 34 of the

judicial district court

of the state of Louisiana

in and for the parish

of St. Bernard

is now in session.

The honorable judge

Robichaux is presiding.

Order and silence are commanded.

God save the state of

Louisiana and this court.

All rise

for the honorable

Edouard Robichaux.

Bring 'em in.

Good morning, jury.

Please be seated.

The court

will come to order

in the matter of the state of

Louisiana versus Michael Lassiter,

on the charge

of first-degree murder.

Jury, you should

know the defendant

is still a minor...

Six weeks shy

of his 17th birthday.

But due to the seriousness

of the charges,

the case was transferred

to this court,

where he is being

tried as an adult.


Gentlemen, you both have

toiled in my courtroom before,

so you know how I

appreciate a swift trial.

Yes, sir.

Good morning.

Thank you for your service.

The case before you today

is a simple one,

a simple case of patricide.

Now, that's the killing

of one's father.

The defendant is the young

man that you see over there,

Mike Lassiter.

He's a senior at Newman.

He's a good student,

co-captain of

the debate team.

This past February, however,

on a Tuesday afternoon,

Mike took a knife,

and he stabbed his

father, Boone Lassiter,

right here.

Not by accident,

not in


He did it out of anger.

With premeditation

and malicious intent,

he murdered his father.

We'll prove this beyond

a reasonable doubt.

Now, you may hear,

from the other side,

that the victim, Mike's dad,

wasn't such a good guy,

that he was tough on his son,

that he bullied him.

But Boone Lassiter

isn't on trial here

for father of the year.

He may not have

been the best dad,

but the evidence will show

he wasn't the worst.

You want me to put you down?

Plenty of people grow up

without the best dads.

- There!

- Aah!

It doesn't give anyone

the right to murder.


Therefore, at the

conclusion of this case,

I'll ask you

to return a verdict of guilty

of murder in the first degree.

- Thank you.

- If you don't talk to me,

I have to waive my opening.


Your honor,

the defense reserves its right

to an opening statement

until after the prosecution

presents its case.

Well, we are speeding along.

Your first witness ready?

Can you see if Angela

Morley's out there?

Do you swear to tell

the truth, the whole truth,

and nothing but the truth,

so help you god?

I do.

Your name, please.

Angela Morley.

- And your occupation?

- Flight attendant for deluxe charter.

- And deluxe is?

- A private airline.

People buy timeshares and we

fly them all over the world.

- Affluent people?

- Yes, very.

The victim, the deceased,

Mr. Boone Lassiter,

he was one of these people.


And were you always

on his flights?

Most of them.

He'd request me.

And when did he

last fly with you?

The last week of January,

to la and back

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Nicholas Kazan

Nicholas Kazan (born September 15, 1945) is an American screenwriter, film producer and director. more…

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