Trial and Error [DVD] [1997]

Jonathan Lynn's comedy Trial and Error comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer, and filmographies of the cast and crew. This is a solid release from New Line Home Entertainment.
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Special Features

  • Widescreen and full-screen versions of the film
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Cast and crew filmographies


Trial and Error
This comedy features TV's Seinfeld regular Michael Richards in his first starring role, opposite Jeff Daniels. Daniels plays Charlie Tuttle, an up-and-coming attorney engaged to Tiffany Whitfield (Alexandra Wentworth), the daughter of the law firm's boss (Lawrence Pressman). His boss sends him to a small Nevada town to represent a down-and-out relative, Benny Gibbs (Rip Torn). Benny has been charged with fraud for bilking people in a mail-order scam. At a bachelor party that Charlie's future father-in-law arranges for him in the small town, Charlie gets plastered. A small-time actor, Richard Rietti (played by Richards), agrees to switch places with Charlie for a simple hearing that day. The judge and prosecutor think he's Tuttle. As the trial begins, Charlie tries to pose as his associate, but the judge won't allow that. Charlie is forced to send signals to Richard during the trial by honking on a car horn in the parking lot. In the meantime, Charlie finds a new kind of happiness with a free-spirited local waitress, Billie Tyler (Charlize Theron). ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Michael Richards
    Michael Richards - Richard Petti
  • Jeff Daniels
    Jeff Daniels - Charles Tuttle
  • Charlize Theron
    Charlize Theron - Billie Tyler
  • Alexandra Wentworth
    Alexandra Wentworth - Tiffany Whitfield
  • Austin Pendleton
    Austin Pendleton - Judge Paul Z. Graff
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