. Defense attorney Martin Vail takes on jobs for money and prestige rather than any sense of the greater good. In this thriller, an ambitious, successful attorney takes the case of a young man accused of murder in the hope that the high-profile trial will help his career. Richard Gere and Edward Norton star. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a 3rd person in the room.
When Vail confronts him, Stampler reveals that he had. First was: from this day forward, when your mother tells you she loves you, get a second opinion. The plot concerns an altar boy accused of killing a clergyman who molested him and a sleazy lawyer who sees a chance to make tabloid news by taking the case. An atmosphere of menace is created without a single word or shot you can put your finger on. Vail jumps at the chance to represent the young man,. The archbishop is murdered in a grisly scene, and the suspect, Aaron Stampler , is captured a short time later, after a foot chase with police that is telecast live. Review aggregation website gives it a 75% positive rating based on reviews from 44 critics, with an average score of 6.
The archbishop, we learn, was involved in land deals that created a lot of unhappiness among powerful Chicagoans who lost millions of dollars. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone's perception of the crime. At the climax, Vail puts Stampler on the witness stand and gently questions him about the sexual abuse he suffered at the pedophile Archbishop's hands. Advertisement The defense attorney is named Martin Vail. Larry Flynt and Everyone Says I Love You Won Won Kansas City Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Won also for The People vs. Venable is fired for losing the case and for allowing the Archbishop's crimes which Shaughnessey, the mayor, the Catholic Church and the entire city council had been trying to hide for the past ten years to come to public light.
But there's something else going on. Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: Crime drama , Production Co: Paramount Pictures Distributors: Paramount Pictures Keywords: , , , , , , , , ,. Because he knows the case will be the most sensational of the year, and he wants to be where the action is. Advertisement The best crime movies and novels are not about who did it, or why. His latest case involves an altar boy, accused of brutally murdering the archbishop of Chicago.
In the Grisham era, it has been lawyers. He also has the sex tape delivered to Venable, knowing she will realize who sent it—since she is under intense pressure from both Shaughnessy and her boss Bud Yancy to deliver a guilty verdict at any cost—and will use it as proof of motive. It's no wonder he pulls the wool over so many eyes. As the guy who seems to have a devious split personality driving him to do bad things, he's the kind of actor who makes the audience sit up and take notice of his abrupt mood changes. If you wanna get fucked, go to court.
Vail visits Stampler in his cell to tell him of the dismissal. During his meetings at the County jail with Stampler, Vail comes to believe that his client is innocent, much to the chagrin of the and Vail's former lover , Janet Venable. And maybe because he thinks the kid might be innocent, although the movie's literate, pointed dialogue makes it clear that guilt isn't an issue with this lawyer: Every defendant deserves a competent defense, he believes and defendants in sensational, highly publicized cases deserve a defense from him. Vail finds himself up against his ex-pupil and ex-lover, but as the case progresses and the Church's dark secrets are revealed, Vail finds that what appeared a simple case takes on a darker, more dangerous aspect. Gere, Linney and Norton deserve high praise. And his relationship with some of the members of the boys' choir was not strictly pastoral. In playing him, Gere creates one of the best performances of his career, nuanced and smart, although the conventions of the thriller genre distract from how good it really is.
The Archbishop secretly received numerous death threats as a result. The plot is as good as crime procedurals get, but the movie is really better than its plot because of the three-dimensional characters. As the movie opens, Martin Vail is seen moving smoothly through the centers of power in Chicago. Stunned and disillusioned at how he was so easily manipulated by his own client, Vail walks away and leaves the courthouse as the manipulative and murderous Stampler taunts him from his cell. They are about how the characters feel about what happened. Vail finds himself up against his ex-pupil and ex-lover, but as the case progresses and the Church's dark secrets are revealed, Vail finds that what appeared a simple case takes on a darker, more dangerous aspect. There is more than meets the eye.
Cast: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Director: Writer: , Rating: R Running Time: 129 min. The story develops against a backdrop of Chicago politics and corruption. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Vail slowly sets up a confrontation in court by dropping hints about the Archbishop's , as well as Stampler's multiple personalities. He is subdued by courthouse marshals and rushed back to his holding cell.
As the case unfolds, however, the lawyer discovers that the circumstances of the crime are much more complicated than he thought. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Larry Flynt and Everyone Says I Love You Won Nominated also for The People vs. Larry Flynt Won Southeastern Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor also for The People vs. The film tells the story of a Chicago defense attorney who believes that his altar boy client is not guilty of murdering an influential Catholic Archbishop. Vail is now in a dilemma: introducing this evidence would make Stampler more sympathetic to the jury; but it would also give him a motive for the murder, which Venable is unable to establish. Because this movie has a commercial destiny, of course the crime is sensational and the revelations are startling.