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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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Thomas Callahan
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Gavin Vereek
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Fletcher Coal
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FBI Director Denton Voyles (as James B. Sikking)
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Bob Gminski
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President
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Justice Rosenberg
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Smith Keen
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Marty Velmano
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Stump
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Edwin Sneller
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Matthew Barr
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Storyline

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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El informe Pelícano  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

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$100,768,056 (USA)
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In class, Darby and Callahan discuss the Bowers v. Hardwick case. This was a real Supreme Court case that ultimately vindicated a state's right to make homosexual activity illegal. Darby passionately argues that the Supreme Court was wrong. Ten years after this film was released, the case was reversed in Lawrence (& Garner) v. Texas, which found such laws to be Unconstitutional. See more »

Goofs

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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[first lines]
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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Written by Mike Darby
Performed by Irene and The Mikes
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Hitchcock would have been pleased
23 March 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

You gotta love Alan Pakula. His Pelican Brief is true to the source material but manages to complement it with artfulness learned from Hitchcock and the events portrayed in All The President's Men (also directed by Pakula).

The result is a thriller which never has to resort to the hackneyed or the obvious. Even the chase scene in a car park manages to be a little different.

He has casted brilliantly (perhaps Fletcher Coal should have been older?) but his masterstroke is commisioning James Horner to provide the score. At times sparse and at others boldly chromatic it jangles the nerves as Julia and Denzel duck and weave their way through a maze of unease.

A great way to spend two hours.


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