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Or "Incredibly Guilty"?

Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) gives an impassioned statement in order to keep he and Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) out of jail. It doesn't quite work, as the irrefutable evidence showing they intended to blow up the theater housing their very own production made them look, well, a more than little guilty.

Justice Jackson's Stirring Closing Argument

In our final part of our three-part Nuremberg series, Justice Robert H. Jackson (portrayed here by Alec Baldwin), gives a closing for the ages. Taken from the actual transcript of the trial, as seen in TNT's 2000 mini-series "Nuremberg".

"Choke on This, Goering!"

In part two of our look at the Trial at Nuremberg, Justice Robert H. Jackson (Alec Baldwin) - after much consternation - finally is able to turn the tables on Hermann Goering. This clip is from TNT's 2000 mini-series "Nuremberg".

A Look at the Trial at Nuremberg, Part One

Here is part one in a series of looks into the Trial at Nuremberg. This footage is culled from the 2000 TNT mini-series "Nuremberg". Here, Justice Robert H. Jackson (Alec Baldwin) has the honor of giving the opening statement. These clips feature actual dialogue from the trial.

"You Are Not God, You Are a Prosecutor!"

In Reversal of Fortune (1990), Alan Dershowiz (Ron Silver) and a group of wide-eyed Harvard Law students work feverishly to disqualify medical evidence and to overcome some doctored audio tapes.

Who Uses Rule 11?

This scene from A Civil Action (1998) sees John Travolta sit patiently in front of the judge while an attorney named Cheeseman digs through the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to try and nail him.

Just Write Six Zeros on That Twenty, and We're in Business

In A Civil Action, John Travolta experiences a unique last-minute settlement offer directly from the co-defendant (Robert Duvall).

You Want Landmark Cases? We Got Landmark Cases!

Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), is one of the most important cases of the last 50 years. In Gideon's Trumpet (1980), Henry Fonda plays Clarence Gideon as he fights for the right to an attorney even though he can't afford it. Here is the final trial scene from this masterful recreation in the Hallmark Hall of Fame series.

This Ain't No Ordinary Criminal Case

Clarence Gideon's battle to be appointed counsel at the state's expense wound up here: the United States Supreme Court. Gideon's Trumpet (1980) - a part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame series - gathered lawyer movie favorites of yesteryear (and lawflix luminaries) such as John Houseman and Jose Ferrer for an accurate recreation of this landmark trial.

"How Can You Blame What You Do On Your Children ?!"

In the sprawling TV movie based on Vincent Bugliosi's true crime book about the Manson "family", Charlie finally takes the stand and doesn't forget to bring the crazy.

This Hearing is a Slap in the Face of the American People !

"I put it to you, Greg!"
National Lampoon's Animal House is not only one of the most legendary film comedies, but it is also a scathing rebuke of injust treatment of the accused during administrative hearings (or something like that).

The Movie That Was Banned from NJ by the Chief Justice !

See the scene from Brian De Palma's audacious 1990 film, the Bonfire of the Vanities, that caused the NJ Chief Justice to ban filming from Essex County (and the entire state!). The filming ban was eventually ruled illegal by a Federal judge.

Young Mr. Lincoln Takes On Palmer 'Jack' Cass !

In John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), Henry Fonda plays Abraham Lincoln as a brilliant young attorney. Here, he uses the phases of the moon to nail the cocky Palmer Cass (Ward Bond).

How to Suborn Perjury; "By the Hon. Al 'Grandpa' Lewis"

Used-car salesman Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) pulls out all the stops to hang onto his car lot, including some coaching when the boss's daughter takes the stand.

Use These Three Words in a Sentence: 'Hare, Hunter, Field'

Montgomery Clift plays 'Feeble-Minded Rudolph', a fidgety baker's assistant with a low IQ. After it is revealed he was sterilized by the Nazis, watch this riveting scene where he crumbles on the stand.

Made in an Era When Black & White Movies and Hanging Were in Vogue!

Hollywood legend Billy Wilder turns his impecable director's eye to the courtroom in 1957's Witness for the Prosecution. Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton) examines Christine Vole (Marlene Dietrich) and lays the bait for her to get tangled up in a lie.

The Bible Defense

The 1960 film Inherit the Wind is perhaps the seminal version of the play based on the Scopes "Monkey" Trials. The trial pivots on this scene, when Spencer Tracy (as Henry Drummond) takes on the feared "Bible Defense".

"It Ain't Legal.
And Worse Than That -
By God - It Ain't Right."

In a performance that launched a thousand commercials for oatmeal and diabetes medication, Wilfred Brimley commands the screen in a performance as a senior U.S. Department of Justice official in Sydney Pollack's Absence of Malice (1981).

Rule #1: Don't Rattle Your Balls on the Witness Stand

See Lt. Cmdr. Queeg (Humphrey Bogart) take the stand with swagger and leave as a fumbling mess. A class scene of direct and cross examination from 1954's the Caine Mutiny!

'The World Needs Ditch Diggers, Too'

It may be the most quotable movie of all time, but did you know it also has provocative legal content?! Well, almost. Here's a clip from 1980's comedy classic, Caddyshack.

'Here's a Dime ... Call Your Mother'

If you are an NJ attorney, 1973's the Paper Chase was perhaps the most referenced movie from your law school days. Check out this clip if the name "Professor Kingsfield" (John Houseman) still sends a chill up your spine.

A New Way to Punish Shoplifters

In this clip from HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm from 2001, Larry David gets a unique sentence for shoplifting.

'Bush v. Gore .. the Supreme Court is the Special Referee'

In HBO Films' 2008 re-enactment, Recount, David Boies (Ed Begley Jr.) and Ron Klain (Kevin Spacey) pay a very important visit to the United States Supreme Court in the deciding moments of Bush v. Gore.

The NJ Criminal Trial that Took 627 Days !

In Sidney Lumet's Find Me Guilty (2006), Giacomo "Jackie Dee" DiNorscio (Vin Diesel) attempts to defend himself pro se, when he faces several charged even though he has a previous 30 year conviction. Here's his closing argument.

Do You Believe That I Still Love You ?

In another scene from Sidney Lumet's Find Me Guilty (2006), Giacomo "Jackie Dee" DiNorscio (Vin Diesel) and Ben Klandis (Peter Dinklage) examine a slimeball.

You Are a Lovely, Lovely Witness

Vinny Gambini (Joe Pesci) calls on his fiancee (Marissa Tomei) to be an expert witness in this scene from 1992's My Cousin Vinny.

What's a YUTE?

In this scene from 1992's My Cousin Vinny, the Judge takes issue with Vinny Gambini's (Joe Pesci) description of the defendants.

I Order the Marshall to Bind and Gag You

In Bananas (1971), Woody Allen is put on trial for stoking Latin American rebellion to impress his activist girlfriend. Here is the classic courtroom scene.

In the Name of GOD!

Gregory Peck's iconic defense lawyer, Atticus Finch, gives his closing argument in 1962's adaptation of Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Are You Trying to Railroad This Soldier Into the Clink?!

Jimmy Stewart raises hell on behalf of his client in 1959's Antomy of a Murder, directed by Otto Preminger.

The Fix Was In!

A masterfully directed scene that drops you right into the midst of a military tribunal in Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957).

'You Can't Handle the Truth'

An iconic scene from 1992's 'A Few Good Men'. You want the truth?

'You're Out of Order!'

A classic scene from 1979's "...And Justice for All" with Al Pacino's defense attorney giving new meaning to acting 'out of order'.

This is Why You Never Ask 'Why?' on Cross-Examination

A memorable scene from 1982's the Verdict starring Paul Newman shows you why you should never ask 'why?' during cross.

..And This Was a Pre-NERA Case!

A clip from 1980's Stir Crazy with comedy legends Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor getting sentenced.

'Disorder in the Court'

The Three Stooges make their Lawtube-NJ debut in one of their most beloved short films, 'Disorder in the Court' (directed by Jack White in 1936).

How Not to Enter a Guilty Plea

A classic clip from Brian DePalma's 1987 film 'The Untouchables'.

When Jurors Were Allowed to Smoke

A nail-biter from Sidney Lumet's 1957 classic, 12 Angry Men. On the verge of a hung jury, E.G. Marshall finally spurs on a breakthrough.

That's What She Said

In a clip from NBC's The Office starring Steve Carrell, Michael Scott (Carrell) squirms through a deposition.