The Pelican Brief Movie Review 1993

Information and Film Reviews for The Pelican Brief the Movie

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Tulane law student Darby Shaw (Roberts) writes a speculative brief on the murders of two Supreme Court justices that results in more murder and sends her running for her life. Fairly faithful to the Grisham bestseller, but the multitude of characters is confusing. Pakula adds style and star-power, but much will depend on your tolerance for paranoid political thrillers and ability to accept Roberts as the smart cookie who hits on the right answer and then manages to keep herself alive while bodies are dropping all around her. Washington is sharp as reporter Gray Grantham, the guy Roberts looks like she falls hard for (but the book's romance is nowhere to be seen).


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 141 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Mystery & Suspense, Law & Lawyers, Books to Film: John Grisham, Politics, Front Page
Alan J. Pakula
Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Heard, Tony Goldwyn, Stanley Tucci, James B. Sikking, William Atherton, Robert Culp, John Lithgow, Sam Shepard, Hume Cronyn
Stephen Goldblatt
Alan J. Pakula
James Horner
Alan J. Pakula, Pieter Jan Brugge, Warner Bros.

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