The drama of the courtroom has often been brought to the theater screen and in November, Friday Night Flicks at the Belfast Free Library will present four of the finest examples of the genre. All the films will be shown free of charge at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

One law professor called “Anatomy Of A Murder” the finest pure trial movie ever made. Years ahead of its time, it stars Jimmy Stewart as a small-town lawyer involved in an ambiguous case in which nothing is what it seems. It is worth seeing just for the magnificent Duke Ellington score. George C. Scott and Lee Remick also star. “Anatomy Of A Murder” will be shown on Nov. 4.

On Nov. 11, “Twelve Angry Men” takes viewers inside the jury room where a lone juror, played by Henry Fonda, stands his ground against the consensus of his peers. Their deliberations bring forth an examination of justice, both inside and outside of the courthouse. A terrific cast of character actors portrays the other jurors in director Sydney Lumet’s big screen debut.

Edward Norton made his stunning screen debut in “Primal Fear,” showing on Nov. 18. In this taut thriller, he plays a young man accused of murdering a Catholic bishop. Richard Gere is also terrific as his grandstanding attorney. The plot twists and turns, concluding in a shocking surprise ending.

Finally, on Nov. 25, George Clooney stars in the title role of “Michael Clayton” as a top corporate attorney caught up in the shady dealings that too often go on within the justice system. When he learns a member of his firm has deliberately sabotaged a case, he plunges into a tangle of intrigue and murder.

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