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The Pelican Brief (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  17 December 1993 (USA)
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A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger.

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Fletcher Coal
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Bob Gminski
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Smith Keen
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Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed. Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men, who's also having an affair with one of his students, is given a brief by her, that states who probably, wanted to see these two men dead. He then gives it to one of his friends, who works for the FBI. When the FBI director reads it, he is fascinated by it. One of the president's men who read it, is afraid that if it ever got out, the president could be smeared. So, he advises the president to tell the director to drop it, which he does. But later the professor and the girl were out and he was drunk and when he refused to give her the keys she stepped out of the car. When he started it, it blew up. She then discovers that her place has been burglarized and what was taken were her computer and her disks. Obviously, her brief has someone agitated. She then turns to her boyfriend's friend at the FBI, he agrees to come meet her but before he does someone shoots him and takes his place... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for momentary language and some violence | See all certifications »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

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£2,003,591 (UK) (4 March 1994)
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Although the Tulane Law School has moved to a new building since this film was released, the room where Julia Roberts and Sam Shepard meet for class early in the move is still a classroom: Jones Hall Rm. 102. See more »

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When Gray is replaying the Pelican Brief recording, at the end he turns off the recorder according to the sound of Darby not talking anymore. The recorder button is already shown as off and he pushes the play button. This shot should have been shown at the beginning of his recap. See more »

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Justice Rosenberg: Any of those signs got my name on 'em?
Gray Grantham: Quite a few.
Justice Rosenberg: What do they say?
Gray Grantham: The usual: Death to Rosenberg, Retire Rosenberg, Cut off the oxygen.
Justice Rosenberg: [laughs] That's my favorite. Of course you, Mr Grantham, did pretty good by me your last time out: Rosenberg equals the government over business, the individual over government, the environment over everything. And the Indians? Oh, give 'em whatever they want.
Gray Grantham: Well with all due respects sir, that wasn't my line, that was a quote.
Justice Rosenberg: From one of your...
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Worth Watching Once But That Is It
12 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm not much of a fan of either Julia Roberts or Denzel Washington. With Washington, his race always comes in to every movie he stars in, Usually with him being on the end of some form of racial abuse. As for Roberts, she just bores me.

Plot in A Paragraph: Darby Shaw (Julia Roberts) a law student writes a legal brief detailing her theory on why two Supreme Court justices were assassinated and under whose orders, and shows it to her law professor, and lover Thomas Callahan (Sam Shepard). He gives a copy to his friend Gavin Verheek (John Heard) at the FBI. Before long Callaghan is dead and she reaches out to Verheek and Washington Herald reporter Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington) for help.

Amazingly John Grisham wrote the part of Darby Shaw with Julia Roberts in mind. Roberts read the book once it was finished and agreed to the role without even seeing a script. I find this amazing as she is woefully miscast as a law student, as she struggles with the dialogue, and lacks any conviction as a believable law student.

Made at the height of Roberts popularity and Washington was hot coming off the back of his Oscar nomination for "Malcolm X" it was a great pairing!! I think if these two made the stinker "I Love Trouble" (That Roberts followed this up with) that year it still would have been a hit!! Despite enjoying it, and some great performances, I will probably never watch this again

My race bug bearer of watching Washington came up 3 times during this movies run time! As for Roberts she continues to be a popular actress, however I lost interest in her and her movies a long time ago, I have only seen five of her movies since 2000.


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