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Roman J. Israel, Esq.


Rated PG-13 · 117 minutes · 2017

Drama, Suspense/Thriller, Thriller
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>>
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Director: Dan Gilroy
Producer: 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 and Ben Ross
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 and Annie Sertich

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