In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan.
Samuel L. Jackson
A retired F.B.I. Agent with psychological gifts, is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer. Aiding him, is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.
Edward Norton was among 2,100 actors who auditioned for the role of Aaron Stampler. Matt Damon was among one of the other actors and would eventually play the role of Private Ryan in Saving Private Ryan in which Edward Norton was considered. See more »
While Vail, Tommy, and Naomi are discussing the porno tape, the blue screen of a computer monitor is reflected in Tommy's glasses. But in the reverse shot (showing Vail) the monitor is off. See more »
[first lines, while getting dressed as Naomi helps him]
On my first day of law school, my professor says two things. First was; "From this day forward, when your mother tells you she loves you, get a second opinion."
"If you want justice, go to a whorehouse. If you wanna get fucked, go to court."
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Three outstanding performances/characters (or "four?")
Edward Norton's debut was outstanding in this film, and his work since has confirmed his substantial talent.
Richard Gere was equally-proficient in his role as the big-shot defense attorney defending Norton's seemingly hapless "Aaron."
And Laura Linney - although in a role with less screen-time, was also equal in her performance as the prosecutor, and Gere's courtroom opposition and former lover.
The supporting roles were well-cast and played, and perhaps the only criticism to be given would be some brief sub-plot elements which weren't necessary to the main story, but really didn't detract from it significantly.
This film provides an excellent combination of courtroom- and psycho-drama - each excellent in its own right, and superb together in this presentation's plot.
Gripping, thoroughly-enjoyable entertainment.
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