Renowned for guiding actors to the Oscars and, as Robert Redford put it, bringing “sensitivity and intellect to seemingly intractable subjects,” Alan J. Pakula built a successful career that was cut short by his death in a car accident in 1998. With his restrained, thoughtful filmmaking style, Pakula weathered industry upheavals and audience tastes that often preferred anything but intelligent subtlety, leaving a legacy that includes All the President’s Men (1976).
Born and raised in New York, Pakula dabbled in high school theater, but he didn’t consider a show business career until he took a summer job at Leland Hayward’s talent agency. Pakula majored in drama at Yale, graduating in 1948. While working at Warner Bros. in 1949, Pakula directed a Los Angeles stage production of Antigone that caught producer Don Hartman’s eye. Hartman got Pakula a job reading scripts at MGM in 1950, and took Pakula with him to Paramount in 1951, where Pakula eventually got to produce his first… read more
I agree with Miguel - the movie worked very well as an overview of the American (or, for that matter, whichever state's) juridical system. And Ford was good in this. I also liked Raul Julia as Sandy Stern, the defence attorney, and Paul Winfield as the judge. The ending, however, almost ruined it all.
The story of this movie appears typical al the beginning. As it goes through, nevertheless, the director shows us the inner side of American law system, where truth doesn't mean a damn. Apart from this, Harrison Ford stands properly as an attorney who has to defend himself od a case he was prosecuting inicially. Director Alan J. Pakula keeps the suspense rationing the character's secrets. Enjoyable though improvable.