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From the Hip1987

From the Hip (1987)



Critic Consensus: From the Hip finds Judd Nelson flexing previously unseen acting muscles, but this legal comedy is too grating to pass the bar.

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Director Bob Clark, whose previous cinematic endeavors ran the gamut from Porky's to A Christmas Story, called the shots on From the Hip. Fresh out of law school, Robin Weathers (Judd Nelson) is hired by a law firm not known for its ethics. Weathers' first client is a man who, up to trial time, was perfectly willing to cop a plea. Instead, the novice lawyer sharkishly secures a "not guilty" verdict--not to mention a public reputation as a live wire. His jealous older colleagues decide to get even with Weathers by assigning him a case that cannot possibly be won. Thus it is that Weathers is assigned to defend insufferable murder suspect Douglas Benoit (John Hurt), who refuses to cooperate with his attorney even though he's facing a death sentence.

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Judd Nelson
as Robin 'Stormy' Weathers
John Hurt
as Douglas Benoit
Darren McGavin
as Craig Duncan
David Alan Grier
as Steve Hadley
Nancy Marchand
as Roberta Winnaker
Allan Arbus
as Phil Amos
Edward Winter
as Raymond Torkenson
Richard Zobel
as Matt Cowens
Ray Walston
as lst Judge
Beatrice Winde
as 2nd Judge
Art Hindle
as Lt. Matt Sosha
Priscilla Pointer
as Mrs. Martha Williams
Pearl Jones
as Foreman
Jon Thompson
as Rampart
Robert Dickman
as Dr. Charles Peckham
Will Knickerbocker
as Security Guard
George Hall
as Harvey Beals
Robert Inman
as TV Reporter
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Critic Reviews for From the Hip

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (12)

It's a fairly good film of fits and starts.

September 25, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The courtroom shenanigans have absolutely no basis in reality, and while they're occasionally entertaining, they're mostly as overdone and tasteless as the action in Clark's other films.

September 25, 2021 | Full Review…

It's such an embarrassingly lame comedy that you could easily imagine some mischievous attorney filing suit -- for defamation of the entire profession.

September 25, 2021 | Full Review…

Stormy is the richest and most adult character Judd Nelson has played. And Nelson gives the welcome impression that he is growing up and coming to terms with things.

September 25, 2021 | Full Review…

The story is interesting and the movie is well acted by Elizabeth Perkins, Darren McGavin, Nancy Marchand, Ray Walston, David Alan Grier, and others.

September 25, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"From the Hip" has its heart in the wrong place. That it even has a heart is part of the problem. This picture needs to be considerably more ruthless than it is.

September 25, 2021 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for From the Hip

Has a sharp shift in tone between the first half and the second plus Judd Nelson is not the most charismatic leading man but the story is decent and there are excellent performances by Nancy Marchand, Darren McGavin, Ray Walston, Alan Arkin and particularly John Hurt who steals every scene that he's in.

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