Roman J. Israel, Esq.

November 28th, 2017


Roman J. Israel, Esq.

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Release Year: 2017

Rating: 5.9/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Dan Gilroy

Stars: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo

ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action. Colin Farrell costars as the monied, cutthroat lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.

Denzel Washington - Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Colin Farrell - George Pierce
Carmen Ejogo - Maya Alston
Lynda Gravatt - Vernita Wells (as Lynda Grav√°tt)
Amanda Warren - Lynn Jackson
Hugo Armstrong - Fritz Molinar
Sam Gilroy - Connor Novick
Tony Plana - Jessie Salinas
DeRon Horton - Derrell Ellerbee
Amari Cheatom - Carter Johnson
Vince Cefalu - Security Bailiff
Tarina Pouncy - Hallway Bailiff
Nazneen Contractor - Melina Nassour (Ass't. DA)
Niles Fitch - Langston Bailey
Jocelyn Ayanna - Court Officer Bailiff


Official Website: Official site

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2017

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?

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, that 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] See more »

User Review


Rating: 6/10

Back in 2014, Dan Gilroy made his first full-length film, NIGHTCRAWLER. For a freshman effort, it's truly amazing as it was one of the best films of the year and was a deeply disturbing but rewarding film to watch. Because of this, I was excited to see a preview showing of "Roman J. Israel Esquire" as the Philadelphia Film Festival. Plus, many were excited because Gilroy managed to get the services of Denzell Washington to star in this film. Sadly, the film was a bit of a disappointment.

The film begins with Israel learning that his law partner has had a massive heart attack. This is a problem because they are the only two in the practice and Israel only works behind the scenes and the partner is the man who tries the cases in court. Apparently, Robert Israel is something like a person with Asperger' he has minimal people skills and looks like he's still living in 1975. At first, he seems nerdy and weird but good-hearted. Eventually, you come to realize he's a jerk-face...and that is where the film lost me. Having the lead be a total jerk down deep makes for hard viewing. A mildly interesting film at best and a huge disappointment.


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