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Just Cause (1995)

A Harvard professor is lured back into the courtroom after 25 years to take the case of a young black man condemned to death for the horrific murder of a child.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective T.J. Wilcox
Katie Armstrong
Delores Rodriguez
Ida Conklin
Lena Brown
Sgt. Rogers
Phil Prentiss


Bobby Earl is facing the electric chair for the murder of a young girl. Eight years after the crime he calls in Paul Armstrong, a professor of law, to help prove his innocence. Armstrong quickly uncovers some overlooked evidence to present to the local police, but they aren't interested - Bobby was their killer. Written by Rob Hartill

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Buried deep in the Florida Everglades is a secret that can save an innocent man or let a killer kill again.

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Rated R for violence and strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 February 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Causa justa  »

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Box Office


$36,853,222 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sean Connery turned down the role of King Edward I in Braveheart (1995) in order to make this film. See more »


During scenes in the Everglades an owl is heard and seen. The owl is a barn owl, which does not live in swamps, much less the Everglades, but instead lives in farm areas and vacant buildings. See more »


[first lines]
Bobby Earl: Hey, you want my money, you best start throwing some elbow into that, boy. A dollar fifty, that's two bits shy of a car wash.
Kid Washing Car #1: A dollar fifty *each*.
Bobby Earl: Oh man, now you must got me confused with some other idiot.
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I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
Written by Duke Ellington and Paul Francis Webster
Performed by The Oscar Peterson Trio
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Sean Connery ventures into the swampy turf of southern sheriff Lawrence Fishburne
21 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Just Cause" (1995) is worth seeing for its acting and the production settings. The story has its good points, but it is not altogether satisfactory. Sean Connery is in excellent form as a northern lawyer who ventures into a Florida murder case, prodded by his wife (Kate Capshaw), after receiving the entreaty of Ruby Dee, grandmother to Blair Underwood. Dee brings very strong emotion and intensity to her part. Underwood's on death row. Lawrence Fishburne is the sheriff who is shown in a flashback brutalizing Underwood so as to extract a confession from him of killing a little girl.

The movie is worth seeing for the performance of Ed Harris as a serial killer also on death row. He has several dynamite scenes, including several with Connery. Connery and Fishburne also get some pretty good antagonism going.

The picture is part crime story and part thriller, the latter more toward the movie's final portion. That part feels more predictable and Hollywoodish, but overall this isn't a bad neo-noir.

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