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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Assistant Attorney General James J. Wells is My All-Time Favorite Movie Lawyer

You can have your Atticus Finch.  My favorite movie lawyer of all time only appeared for a few minutes and then went on to hawk Quaker Oats and "die-a-BEAT-us" supplies:  Wilford Brimley as James J. Wells, Assistant Attorney General for the Organized Crime Division.  Now there's a lawyer:  a man who can stuff a chaw in his mouth before he gives some straight-from-the-shoulder advice that the U.S. attorney in Miami ought to resign, and who can say "supeenie" for subpoena without cracking a smile. (For what it's worth, and merely for name-dropping purposes, the screenwriter was Kurt Luedtke, former managing editor of the Detroit Free Press, and the next door neighbor of one of my former partners.)

Posted by Jeff Lipshaw on May 4, 2010 at 06:17 AM in Culture | Permalink


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I'm on a little break from re-watching the movie right now. Thanks for the inspiration!

Posted by: Joe Miller | May 4, 2010 10:18:26 PM

Nice call. Although it always bothered me that they kept calling him the "District Attorney" rather than "US Attorney." This movie also offers a two-fer: The newspaper's lawyer, while kind of pompous, does a great job of explaining New York Times and its progeny.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | May 4, 2010 6:35:43 AM

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