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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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Bud Yancy
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Tommy Goodman
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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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This was one of four movies from Richard Gere with James Newton Howard music. The first was Pretty Woman (1990), the second was Intersection (1994), the third was this film, and last was Runaway Bride (1999). See more »

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Martin's collar when checking himself in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Martin Vail: [to Aaron, while in the solitary confinement room] I don't have to believe you. I don't care if you are innocent. I'm your mother, your father, your priest.
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Featured in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) See more »

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As Time Goes By
by Herman Hupfeld
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Edward Norton Shines
23 September 2006 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

In this strong, twisting court room crime drama thriller, a young Edward Norton shines with this performance that makes the movie a strong, unsettling movie. The dynamic tension between Richard Gere and Laura Linney lends to the underlying swirling dance of political and emotional turmoil that lies beneath the surface of District Attorney and high-profile attorney Gere. While by today's standards (2006) the storyline is now pretty typical, it retains a resonance because of the plot and storyline as well as the acting. Still, the edges of the movie are almost too polished. Some of the technical matters overlooked. Alfre Woodard has a credible role as the courtroom judge and Frances McDormand provides a decent hand as a psychologist (though this key role was a bit weak in comparison to the rest of the movie in terms of the crucial nature that it plays). Gere's tangled relationship with his own team is also fascinating to watch though again a bit torn and tattled with a few lose ends but the supporting cast does well. Overall, this is a solid courtroom crime drama with a nice ripping ending. Eight out of Ten Stars.


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