Because the media landscape is rife with many lawyers, you will be hard pressed to not find one anywhere you look. Television, film, books, disaster zones, the Internet, an annual convention, as well as other assorted venues turn up a widespread assortment of attorneys. Each year, film goers are treated to another attorney adventure. Defence lawyers in movies might be the superhero stopping an oncoming train or even protecting a train wreck of a customer. Or even they may be defenders of evil.
A long standing favorite lawyer based film is A few Good Men. The military court drama pits one military service branch against another. In this situation, Navy versus Marine is in-fighting spit and shine suits against the ready and rough men of action.
A Few Good Men is based on defending an indefensible action when an individual is a cog caught in a bureaucratic machine with corrupt elements. Kevin Bacon plays Marine defending attorney Captain Jack Ross. In one gripping moment, under harsh cross examination by hotshot Navy Lt. Daniel Kaffee, portrayed by Tom Cruise, top brass witness Col. Defesa . Jessep fires back an answer to a question. He proclaims males like him are sentinels, handling the truth of what it takes to protect the American public. The hard-nosed watchdogs, products of unimaginable circumstance, pledged allegiance to keep the American public from encountering their worst nightmares. Don’t blame them for what the American public turned them into.
Ashley Judd paired up with Morgan Freemen in some good films, one of which was High Crimes. The actors both portrayed out of the norm lawyers. In the case of illustrious super attorney Claire Kubik, she is partner in an established, but conservative law firm, who was yanked into defending the husband of her. Her husband Tom, James Caviezel, is accused by the army of massacring innocent Latin villagers during a military operation. In this situation, as opposed to Several Good Men, military justice system is in the works against a soldier it determined was acting outside of orders.
Pick some John Grisham film and the audience finds a lawyer on the run from or blindsided by his worst nightmares. Double-crossing, shady colleagues, and trickster clients who care more about the legal win than the legal right of their case. The Firm, for example, is a lesson that intersects a consumer warning and food for thought. If food is just too great to be true, it most likely is a misrepresentation. If you get what you need, the means wouldn’t matter.
In the film, the legal agency seduces lawyer Mitch, played by Tom Cruise, into the fold with all the trappings fit for an Ivy League top dog. But then attorney Mitch must defend himself and his wife Abby’s right to abandon Emerald City when it turns out to be a beautiful nightmare behind its curtain of illusions. In this movie, the attorney must defend everything good he believes he stands for.
In Primal Fear, high priced legal wiz Martin Veil is chasing the dreams of his, and is stopped short. A sensational opportunity falls in his lap to defend Aaron, a reluctant, stuttering altar boy, from the death penalty stemming from the vicious murder of a priest. This classic movie is one other optical illusion filled with defining moments for Martin. Martin comes to unveil the truths of his own shortcomings and self cons.
If there’s any defining moment in the public defender realm it would be summed with the film To Kill a Mockingbird. Not just was the movie a reflection on the reasons many flock to law school, but a reflection of film as a social commentary about defining moments in social history. It is a classic piece of Americana for these reasons, and legendary to film school students as forerunner on par with contemporary documentary film making. The American Film Institute (AFI) honored Atticus Finch as the 20th century hero and To Kill a Mockingbird as among the top 25 movies of all time. The film has been honored by the Library of Congress with preservation in the U. S. National Film Registry because the film is significant culturally, historically, or even aesthetically.