Al Pacino is one of my favorite actors. He separates himself from other thespians by his passion. His passion displays itself in his roles. In fact, it seems that in every movie he stars, there is a critical moment during the film he rises up from a chair and unleashes a verbal assault or inspirational speech. In The Scent of a Woman, he stood to deliver a defense for his young friend, Charlie, in a student assembly. In The Devil’s Advocate, near the conclusion, he nearly convinces the audience to see the world from “his” point of view, that of the devil himself. In City Hall, as the Mayor of New York, he delivers a eulogy at a young black boy’s funeral which stirs the soul. Yet, my favorite burst of passion comes in an earlier work, And Justice for All. As criminal defense attorney, Arthur Kirkland, a small-time civil lawyer in Baltimore, he finds himself defending a judge who he disdains. Pacino’s character cares. He cares about the law and his clients. However, he is no simple idealist. He is also pragmatic. Most of all, he cares about justice. He knows justice and the law do not always meet. What transpires during his opening argument is one of the best moments ever in a Courtroom drama.