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Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Published nearly 200 years ago, Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" tells of a man who falls asleep during the colonial era and wakes up two decades later, after the American Revolution, to find himself living in a different nation. This notion of a long sleep and a rude awakening is tailor-made for social satire—think of Chance the gardener, the graying simpleton played by Peter Sellers in Being There (1979), who has spent his entire life cloistered in a rich man's home but, upon the man's death, is turned out onto the mean streets of Washington, D.C., and mistakenly adopted by Beltway types as a political savant. Now Dan Gilroy, writer-director of the creepy news satire Nightcrawler, brings us Roman J. Israel, Esq., whose title character, a self-styled "revolutionary" criminal defense attorney, has been holed up for decades in the Manhattan office of a two-man law firm. The awkward Roman writes brilliant defense briefs that his partner, William, delivers in court, but then William suffers a heart attack, his family shuts down the struggling firm, and Roman is ejected into the real world to fend for himself. Continue reading>>

Credits

Director:

  • Dan Gilroy

Cast:

  • Denzel Washington
  • Colin Farrell
  • Carmen Ejogo
  • Lynda Gravátt
  • Amanda Warren
  • Hugo Armstrong
  • Sam Gilroy
  • Tony Plana
  • DeRon Horton
  • Amari Cheatom
  • Vince Cefalu
  • Tarina Pouncy
  • Nazneen Contractor
  • Niles Fitch
  • Jocelyn Ayanna
  • Eli Bildner
  • Robert Prescott
  • Sedale Threatt Jr.
  • Elisa Perry
  • Andrew Lee
  • Brittany Ishibashi
  • Cynthia Dallas
  • Shelley Hennig
  • Annie Sertich

Producers:

  • Jennifer Fox
  • Todd Black
  • Denzel Washington
  • Brian Oliver
  • Betsy Danbury
  • Charles King
  • Kim Roth
  • Poppy Hanks
  • Michael Bloom
  • Adam Pincus
  • Aaron Gilbert
  • Alex Lebovici
  • Steve Ponce
  • Derek Dauchy
  • Ben Ross

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