“I want the truth!”

“You can’t handle the truth!”

Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson yelling at each other over the objections of another attorney and the judge in “A Few Good Men” might make for a dramatic movie scene (and a load of great memes), but it bears little resemblance to what goes on in a real-life courtroom.

Although Great Falls courtroom officials may watch their professions on TV for entertainment, they definitely don’t watch for the realism.

Here’s what a judge, a prosecutor and a defense attorney had to say about how their jobs are portrayed in Hollywood.

On the bench

When it comes to TV judges, the small things can matter. Real judges don’t use gavels. They rarely hold people in contempt of court. They’re not all “hanging judges” who’re tough on crime no matter what.




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