Record Producer Phil Spector (Al Pacino) hires Bruce Cutler (Jeffrey Tambor) to defend him when he's accused of murder. Cutler persuades Linda Kenney Baden (Dame Helen Mirren) to advise him. While the prosecution's story is contradicted by facts in the case, there is convincing circumstantial evidence against Spector, not the least of which is his appearance. As Baden gradually takes over the defense, even as she is ill with pneumonia, she must find a way to introduce ballistic evidence in a dramatic enough fashion to plant doubt in the jury's mind. Calling Specter to testify may be the only way to stage the evidence. She coaches him and rehearses him: can he (and she) pull it off?
The truth is somewhere in the mix.
Did You Know?
One of a dozen collaborations of David Mamet and Jack Wallace. The others being: Redbelt (2008), Edmond (2005), Homicide (1991), Lakeboat (2000), Things Change (1988), State and Main (2000), House of Games (1987), The Spanish Prisoner (1997), Lost Masterpieces of Pornography (2010), Invent Nothing, Deny Nothing: Five Guys from Mamet's Homicide (2009), and The Unit (2006) season one, episode seven, "Dedication". See more
Phil drapes the shawl around Linda's shoulders as they are standing. In the next scene as they sit, the shawl is draped around Linda's arms. See more
She shot herself.
Linda Kenney Baden
You bet she did!
Linda Kenney Baden
Not our problem anymore.
'This is a work of fiction. It's not "based on a true story." It is a drama inspired by actual persons in a trial, but it is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, nor to comment upon the trial or its outcome.' See more
When I Saw You
Written by Phil Spector
(as Philip Spector)
Performed by The Ronettes
Courtesy of EMI Blackwood Mus Inc.
On behalf of Phil Spector Records and Mother Bertha Music, Inc. See more