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Primal Fear (1996 movie)

5 Ratings: 4.0
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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 … see full wiki

Director: Gregory Hoblit
Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 3, 1996
MPAA Rating: R
4 reviews about Primal Fear (1996 movie)
review by . January 02, 2009
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The archbishop of Chicago has just been brutally murdered and 19-year old altar boy Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton) is found running from the scene, covered in the man's blood. It looks like an open and shut case against the simple, stuttering boy, until dashing Martin Vail (Richard Gere), a self-proclaimed "big-deal lawyer," offers to defend him - pro bono. The prosecutor he'll be facing in the courtroom is none other than his ex-girlfriend (Laura Linney), who is still bitter about their past. With …
review by . December 31, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Acting, engaging story      Cons: Pacing, somewhat flat characters that would have failed with less skilled actors      The Bottom Line: No plot spoilers in the review. Recommended without reservation.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.      Lately I’ve been on a Laura Linney kick. Due to this, I rediscovered a film I haven’t seen since its release: …
review by . May 02, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
In PRIMAL FEAR, Richard Gere plays high-powered attorney Martian Vail. Vail is a defense attorney and one of the highest paid lawyers in the country. He has a reputation for getting guilty people off the hook, whether it is by emotion or technicality. Sometimes the accused are actually innocents, but the media never seems to recognize that. Besides, many of Vail's trial have been huge public trials full of media circuses. So when Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton), an innocent-looking, stuttering altar …
review by . July 06, 2002
PRIMAL FEAR is one of those rare movies that improves with age. Not that it wasn't a fine film when released: the complexities of the story took front seat as well they should. After not having to figure out how the interplay is going to work, it is a pleasure to sit and just respect the fine casting, writing, directing, editing and acting. Richard Gere once again proves he is a taut actor, Laura Linney gives an Oscar worthy performance, of course Edward Norton is a tour de force performance, but …
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