Directed by Norman Jewison
Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, Based on the novel by John Ball
Starring Rod Steiger, Sidney Poitier and Warren Oates
At this point in The Best Picture Project, I’ve seen 38 Best Picture Winners – 39 if you count this film – which amounts to roughly half of the Academy’s big winners. After seeing all those films I’d like to think I have a pretty good grasp on what the Academy prefers. Generally they like their movies light and airy and uplifting, but occasionally they get a yen for something epic or even a little bit edgy, as long as both are ultimately sunny. In short, they like ‘safe’ films, the kind that are likely to offend the fewest number of people. Continue reading
Being a lawyer I’m a bit sensitive to the way lawyers are perceived. If it is Republicans blaming us for the ills of the healthcare industry – I still don’t see the causal link – then it’s movies and TV making us all out as blood-sucking ambulance chasers – a la Ian Holm in The Sweet Hereafter.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I have a sense of humor. My favorite attorney ever is Barry Zuckerkorn from Arrested Development, who’s greatest and most effective act for his client is the ability to recognize that the incriminating photo found on his client’s cell phone is not a map of Iraq but actually is a picture of a man’s scrotum, therefore holding off the charges of treason until another day.
No, what I don’t have much of a sense of humor about, though, are those times when a lawyer in a film is actually lionized by the public, for his great grandstanding gestures, or even his nobility, when he should really be vilified for his utter incompetence.
What follows, then, are Nine of the Worst On-Screen Lawyers. Some are a bit more obvious to understand, others might take a trained legal mind to spot the Worst-ness: Continue reading