Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

PG-13   |    |  Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Roman J. Israel, Esq., a driven, idealistic defense attorney, finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action.

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  • Carmen Ejogo at an event for Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
  • Denzel Washington in Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
  • Denzel Washington and Dan Gilroy in Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
  • Denzel Washington in Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
  • Denzel Washington and Carmen Ejogo in Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
  • Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell in Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

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Dan Gilroy


Dan Gilroy

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After the premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, director Dan Gilroy and Denzel Washington decided to re-structure and re-focus parts of the narrative, which resulted in the removal of 12 minutes of footage. The director said the TIFF premiere served more as "a very high end test screening," because there was no time to do it before, and all involved are now happy with the final cut. [Oct. 2017]


Roman J. Israel, Esq.: The real enemies aren't the ones on the outside, they're on the inside.


At about 0:49:48, as Roman and Maya are assisting the possible dead homeless person, Maya receives a call on her cell. When she "answers" the call the screen goes to sleep. During the call, the screen illuminates because of movement and reflects on her face. Neither would happen if she was actually answering then using the telephone feature on today's smart phones.

Alternate Versions

After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film was re-cut by director Dan Gilroy and star Denzel Washington. The new version is 12 minutes shorter than the festival premiere. In addition to dropping some scenes, the film now features different music on the soundtrack (replacing a number of songs) and moves a scene depicting Roman and Israel going to a Lakers game at the Staples Center to an earlier point in the story.


I'll Be Around
Written by
Thom Bell and Phil Hurtt
Performed by The Spinners
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing


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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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