A Matter of Principle

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  • NR
  • 53 min
  • 7.0  (79)

A Matter of Principle is a drama-thriller from 1984 that follows the story of Arthur Kirkland (Alan Arkin), a defense attorney with a strong moral compass who is tasked with representing a judge accused of vehicular manslaughter. While Arthur is initially hesitant to represent someone he believes to be guilty, he ultimately agrees to take on the case.

As the trial unfolds, Arthur faces a number of obstacles, including a corrupt prosecutor (played by Jack Warden) and the judge's status as an influential member of the legal community. As Arthur begins to uncover evidence that suggests the judge may indeed be guilty, he must decide whether to remain loyal to his client or to follow his conscience.

Throughout the film, Arthur's personal life also comes into play as he navigates a difficult relationship with his girlfriend (played by Barbara Dana) and grapples with his own ethical dilemmas. Meanwhile, his son (played by Tony Arkin) becomes involved in a protest against a nuclear power plant, prompting Arthur to take a closer look at his own values and beliefs.

The movie is directed by filmmaker Richard Pearce and written by David S. Ward. It received generally positive reviews upon its release, with critics praising Arkin's performance as well as the film's exploration of moral complexities within the legal system.

Overall, A Matter of Principle is a thought-provoking and engaging exploration of ethics and justice, with strong performances and a gripping plot that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.

A Matter of Principle is a science fiction movie with a runtime of 53 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.0.

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  • Runtime
    53 min
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (79)