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Primal Fear
Primal Fear
Actors: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     1998     2hr 9min

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 la...  more »

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Actors: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Creators: Arnold Rudnick, Gary Lucchesi, Hawk Koch, Patricia Graf, Ann Biderman, Steve Shagan, William Diehl
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/21/1998
Original Release Date: 04/03/1996
Theatrical Release Date: 04/03/1996
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 2hr 9min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 4
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Robert M. (ambiant) from WILLOWICK, OH
Reviewed on 4/30/2014...
If you like a few surprises and a twist or two at the end...

I'm not going to give anything away, but this is an excellent crime, courtroom, clever lawyer story.

A young altar boy is accused of killing an archbishop and is defended by a high power defense attorney who quickly learns things aren't as simple as they seem.

A series of clever plot twists leads to an astounding courtroom scene. And then by multiple surprises.

There are some graphic scenes, so the "R" rating is appropriate.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Golda S. from ROMULUS, MI
Reviewed on 6/9/2011...
Not that Richard Gere is ever hard on the eyes, but this is truly one of his best! This mystery is filled with so many twists and turns, you will be on the edge of your seat until the very last minute!

Excellent also is Edward Norton and don't miss Frances McDermott.
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
NATHAN G. (guhmineheart) from BIRMINGHAM, AL
Reviewed on 1/4/2011...
great performance from a *young* ed norton...!
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.