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thenodfather
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Anyone else see this?

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A Courtroom Comedy/Drama starring Judd Nelson as Robin "Stormy" Weathers, a young Lawyer hungry for his first big case which comes in the form of Douglas Beniot played superbly by John Hurt, (Alien, The Elephant Man), a man accused of murdering his wife.
Elizabeth Perkins, (About Last Night, and later Big), plays his girlfriend and the chemistry between the comes across well on screen who make for a fun couple and not just mushy romantic.
Nelson turns in a great performance as a loose cannon who has a wildly unorthodox take on practising law. He delivers the comedy well and with interesting plot twists it makes for an entertaining watch with a satisfying ending.

I would definitely recommend this, it's a Judd Nelson film that's one of his better of the decade out side of his Bratpack collection.

I give it 4/5.

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I never realized this was directed by Bob Clark of porky's fame,I'm going to have to get myself a copy of this and check it out.

John hurt,Elizabeth Perkins this has got a really good cast as well.

It's not available for rental here in the UK but I could snag myself a copy from the states for about 5 uk pounds.

I don't think I'd be taking much of a risk with a blind buy I liked everything else 80s with Judd nelson in it!

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It would be money well spent I think, you won't be disappointed [Smile]
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Watched From the Hip and it was ok but a little bit all over the place.
The film starts like a Bob Clark Porky´s comedy but turns pretty serious when Judd Nelson´s character Robin gets a murder case.
John Hurt gives an excellent performance and it was also nice to see Dan Monahan. He plays basically Pee Wee in a court room here [Smile]

Nelson was nominated for a Razzie but "lost" to Bill Cosby for Leonard Part 6 [Big Grin]

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I thought "From The Hip" was brilliant! [Big Grin]
Very funny and it was a film my parents liked, too!

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And here's yet another hidden 80's flick I never knew existed until now. That's why I love this site. Have learned about so many great hidden 80's gems throughout the years during my stay here. This is another one I will surely hunt down and watch.
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Agreed! I have vague memories re: hearing about "From the Hip", but I know I never saw this...and, I probably haven't even thought about it in 30-some years. So, I agree it's great to have a site like this to remind us of these films. I will definitely try to check this out at some point.

It still amazes me how many '80's films went completely under my radar when they were released to theaters back in the day. I didn't grow up in a small town, but it was a somewhat small community & for years, there was only one local movie theater that had 3 screens only.

In '87, another theater opened across town that had 9 screens. However, even with both theaters open there were still a lot of movies that never came to the area. Hence, there are quite a few '80's movies that I never even heard about until I started doing some research online in the early 200X's.

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Finally saw "From the Hip" for the first time last week. Interesting film. As was mentioned, the movie was basically in two parts:

The first half was very funny, and involved Stormy Weathers (Judd Nelson) defending a big-shot re: an assault charge; it was especially funny seeing him successfully fight to use the word "a$$%$#%" as a legitimate word to use to describe the person who had been hit - hilarious.

However, the second half was like watching a completely different film - here, JN had to defend a doctor (John Hurt) of a horrific crime....very interesting, with an unexpected ending.

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Because of its fine cast, I moderately enjoyed From the Hip, which is really a mess, with a schizophrenic screenplay from David E. Kelly, who created so many popular legal shows like The Practice, Picket Fences, and Boston Legal. Director Bob Clark had some real talent--just watch Black Christmas, Murder by Decree, and A Christmas Story--but sadly, he often got saddled with third-rate material, like this film, Loose Cannons, and Turk-182. I'm not sure if there was studio interference, in-fighting, or too many script rewrites, but one or more of those scenarios has to explain a film that starts out as a funny satire and then, for no good reason, turns into a stone serious courtroom drama. It's not terrible, by any means--any film with Elizabeth Perkins, Darren McGavin, Judd Nelson, and John Hurt has something going for it--but so misguided.
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