Primal Fear (1996)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Richard Gere Martin Vail
Laura Linney Janet Venable
Edward Norton Aaron Stampler
John Mahoney John Shaughnessy
Frances McDormand Dr. Molly Arrington
Alfre Woodard Judge Miriam Shoat
Terry O'Quinn Bud Yancy
Andre Braugher Tommy Goodman
Steven Bauer Joey Pinero
Joe Spano Capt. Abel Stenner
Tony Plana Martinez
Stanley Anderson Archbishop Richard Rushman
Maura Tierney Naomi Chance
Jon Seda Alex
Reg Rogers Jack Connerman (as Reg Rodgers)
Kenneth Tigar Weil
Brian Reddy Woodside
Christopher Carroll M.C.
Wendy Cutler Lou
Ron O.J. Parson Turner
Sigrid K. Zahner Vail's Secretary
Diann Burns WLS Anchor
Linda Yu WLS Anchor
Andy Shaw WLS Location Reporter
Mary Ann Childers WBBM Anchor
Lester Holt WBBM Anchor (as Lester D. Holt)
Sylvia Gomez WBBM Location Reporter
Jon Duncanson WBBM Location Reporter
David Eckert WGN Anchor
Robert Jordan WGN Anchor
Joanie Lum WGN Location Reporter
Randy Salerno WGN Location Reporter
Kyle Colerider-Krugh Postman
Joseph Luis Caballero Joe
Randall Slavin Young Boy
Mike Bacarella Sergeant
Turk Muller Precinct Jailer
Joseph F. Kosala Cop (as Joe Kosala)
Lenny Wilson Bartender
Peter Schreiner Bailiff
Joseph R. Ryan Old Man
Clarence Williams III Strenner
Tony Fitzpatrick Duty Officer
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Thriller; Crime; Mystery
Director Gregory Hoblit
Producer Gary Lucchesi; Ann Biderman; Steve Shagan
Writer William Diehl; Steve Shagan; Ann Biderman
Studio Paramount Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 129 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Clever twists and a bona fide surprise ending make this an above-average courtroom thriller, tapping into the post-O.J. scrutiny of our legal system in the case of a hotshot Chicago defense attorney (Richard Gere) whose latest client is an altar boy (Edward Norton) accused of murdering a Catholic archbishop. The film uses its own manipulation to tell a story about manipulation, and when we finally discover who's been pulling the strings, the payoff is both convincing and pertinent to the ongoing debate over what constitutes truth in the American system of justice. Making an impressive screen debut that has since led to a stellar career, Norton gives a performance that rides on a razor's edge of schizophrenic pathology--his role is an actor's showcase, and without crossing over the line of credibility, Norton milks it for all it's worth. Gere is equally effective in a role that capitalizes on his shifty screen persona, and Laura Linney and Frances McDormand give memorable performances in their intelligently written supporting roles. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 131
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 097363283270
Chapters 26
Release Date 2003
Subtitles Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
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