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The Whole Truth (2016)

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A defense attorney works to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father.


Courtney Hunt


Nicholas Kazan (as Rafael Jackson)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Ramsey
Renée Zellweger ... Loretta
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Janelle
Gabriel Basso ... Mike
Jim Belushi ... Boone
Jim Klock ... Leblanc
Ritchie Montgomery ... Judge Robichaux
Christopher Berry ... Legrand
Lara Grice ... Juror #3
Nicole Barré ... Angela Morley
Lucky Johnson ... Limo Driver (as Kevin Johnson)
Lyndsay Kimball ... Officer Steed
Jason Kirkpatrick Jason Kirkpatrick ... Detective Graves
Sean Bridgers ... Arthur Westin
Jackie Tuttle Jackie Tuttle ... Trixie Westin


Defense attorney Richard Ramsay takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter, that he will keep her son Mike out of prison. Charged with murdering his father, Mike initially confesses to the crime. But as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence about the kind of man that Boone Lassiter really was comes to light. While Ramsay uses the evidence to get his client acquitted, his new colleague Janelle tries to dig deeper - and begins to realize that the whole truth is something she alone can uncover. Written by Lionsgate Premiere

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Plot Keywords:

lawyer | knife | lie | drawing | teenager | See All (13) »


There are many sides to every murder. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence including a sexual assault | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El abogado del mal See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lupita Nyong'o auditioned for the role that went to Gugu Mbatha-Raw. See more »


When Janelle asks Loretta for a cigarette on the porch, Loretta takes out a lighter and you hear a lighter flick open, then you hear it click shut like a Zippo lighter, but she's obviously holding a plastic Bic lighter. See more »


Ramsey: At some point, every defense lawyer has to choose between his own need to know the truth and the best interests of his client.
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My Life is Hard
Written by Jesse Shatkin, Josh Kessler, Marc Ferrari, and Reginald Sinkler
Courtesy of FirstCom Music
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Great movie, Keanu returns to being a lawyer!
5 February 2017 | by gamertabooSee all my reviews

The movie starts out as a mysterious "who done it," and is able to keep this mystery going for most of the movie. More than once I went back and forth in my mind between who I thought was the real culprit, and at the end I can say that I was actually somewhat surprised. Though to be fair I must say that the twist isn't all that huge; it's more of a twist because the writers withheld some key evidence from the viewers until the very end, but they did hint at it once or twice.

The Whole Truth is a slow burner. There's never much action taking place, and there's not really a whole lot of depth to any of the characters. The acting is well done however, and I thoroughly enjoyed Keanu Reeves, Renée Zellweger, and Gabriel Basso. While I also enjoyed Gugu Mbatha-Raw's performance as well, I didn't find her character all that necessary to be honest. I'm guessing her character was just meant to be sort of a distraction, and she was.

So there you have it. The Whole Truth is by no means a blockbuster. It's not a twisting thriller.... but it is a decent watch. I enjoyed it.

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