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The Law (1974)

An examination of the workings of a big city's legal system as seen through the eyes of people involved in a sensational murder trial.

Director:

John Badham

Writers:

Joel Oliansky (teleplay), William Sackheim (story) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judd Hirsch ... Murray Stone
John Beck ... Gene Carey
Bonnie Franklin ... Bobbie Stone
Barbara Baxley ... Judge Rebeccah Fornier
Sam Wanamaker ... Jules Benson
Allan Arbus ... Leonard Caporni
John Hillerman ... Thomas Q. Rachel
Gary Busey ... William Bright
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken ... Judge Arnold Lerner
Michael Bell ... Cliff Wilson
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Maxwell Fall
Frank Marth ... Arthur Winchell
John Sylvester White ... Judge Philip Shields
Robert Q. Lewis ... Speaker at Bar Dinner
Logan Ramsey ... Raymond Bleisch
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An examination of the workings of a big city's legal system as seen through the eyes of people involved in a sensational murder trial.

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trial | murder | court | See All (3) »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anwalt gegen das Gericht See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Law: A "must-see" movie
1 February 2009 | by nandue0929See all my reviews

The Law (1974) was an excellent TV movie about a high-profile case that was similar to that of Charles Manson. Judd Hirsch was outstanding as the lead character, Public Defender Murray Stone, and he deserved far more recognition than he ever received for the role. He represented one of the defendants in the case through the maze of the Los Angeles criminal justice system. He was very dedicated to his client, which sometimes is not so among overworked public defenders. John Hillerman was also memorable as the District Attorney when speaking cynically, almost to himself, about a staff member. Following the movie, there were three additional episodes of The Law that were also very good. They may have been an "extended pilot," so to speak, of a TV series that never materialized. I found a particular character in the movie, Jules Benson, to be interesting. He appeared only briefly and was strongly reminiscent of the the late Melvin Belli, famed San Francisco trial attorney, since his demeanor and publicity orientation were remarkably similar to Belli. (Perhaps, intentionally so.) As a lawyer myself, "The Law" offered no illusions about the criminal justice system and many of the people in it, including an abruptly seen judge nicknamed "The Dragon Lady," who had a gun under her judicial robe! It is one of the best movies I have seen on the subject.


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