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Primal Fear (1996)

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

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Courtroom thriller about a slick, hotshot lawyer who takes the seemingly unwinnable case of a young altar boy accused of murdering an eminent catholic priest. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Rated R for brief grisly violence, pervasive strong language and a sex scene | See all certifications »

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3 April 1996 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$293,515 (USA) (26 July 1996)

Gross:

$56,059,267 (USA) (16 August 1996)
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Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of Aaron/Roy. He would later go on to play a different DID patient in The Crowded Room. See more »

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When Aaron pushes Martin Vail against the wall in prison you can see that the wall bends, showing that the wall wasn't made out of bricks or any other hard material. See more »

Quotes

Roy: [to Martin, talking in a southern accent,about Aaron, using a southern accent, while in his solitary confinement room] Hell, he couldn't kick his own ass.
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by J. Peter Robinson
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The Talented Mr.Norton
23 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Primal Fear is how Ed Norton left is mark to show that he is an acting force to go up ahead. Not only did he prove that he can run with the big dogs like Richard Gere but have the ability to play the audience like a piano. Primal Fear is a solid, courtroom drama that involves a hot shot defence lawyer who loves being the centre of attention and Richard Gere does a good job of being cool, cocky, suave and letting us know he can't lose. However he has his work cut out for him when he meets a young, geeky alter boy who has been involved of the murder of the priest and the game unfolds as he is up against a lot of big-wigs including his ex-girlfriend who happens to be the prosecution lawyer. Although by this time , the film would appear to be dated but the performances from the cast still make this well worth viewing. For those who enjoy court room drama's and thrillers.

PRIMAL FEAR - 8.1 OUT 10

FOR NOW THIS IS THE SHADOWMAN, WISHING YOU GOOD LUCK AND GOODNIGHT !


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