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Primal Fear


Richard Gere, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard View All


Gregory Hoblit (Director), Steve Shagan (Screenplay), Ann Biderman (Screenplay) View All

Release: Mar. 6th, 1996
Runtime: 2 hours, 9 minutes
An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a third person in the room. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone's perception of the crime.
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I thought she did a great job arguing against Gere in the courtroom scenes, and outside the courtroom scenes she does a good job of showing how stressed out she is.
The script is a little weak and of course has plot holes, but the twist ending makes up for an other wise average story..
Enter Richard Gere as a hotshot lawyer who offers to defend Norton for free, drawing the ire of various players (especially Laura Linney as an ex-girlfriend who ends up taking the opportunity to prosecute Norton in order to spite Gere).