To which Judge Hal Holbrook correctly responds (later on), "The law? We are the law." OK, so this movie, which was made in 1983 but belongs with the conscience-heavy movies of the late 1970's, paints with some pretty broad strokes. And it's plenty dated, given that you don't hear much of the vile-criminal-gets-off-on-technicality outrage anymore. Has it stopped happening? CP doesn't know.
But the movie still packs a good old-fashioned ideological punch. And it's peppered with familiar faces; you'll spot Cagney, Frank Fontana, and the guy who stole the raisins on Seinfeld; points for Doogie Howser's father and Otis Day from "Animal House," and a BRAND NEW CAR for anyone who recognizes Bud Bundy before the credits roll. Give it a day in court.
Oh yeah, other movies. Well, just because Bob Hope turned out not to be dead doesn't mean you can't pay the man a rental's worth of appreciation. This week's pick: My Favorite Brunette (1947). Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lorre, a cameo by Bing, and some of Hope's finest and most cowardly comic double takes. Come on. He needs the royalties.