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A Civil Action -- The families of children who died sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove, the case could bankrupt their lawyer.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Jonathan Harr (book)
Steven Zaillian (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 January 1999 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Justice has its price.
Plot:
The families of children who died sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove, the case could bankrupt their lawyer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Skillful rendition of the book on film. See more (175 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Travolta ... Jan Schlichtmann

Robert Duvall ... Jerome Facher

Tony Shalhoub ... Kevin Conway

William H. Macy ... James Gordon

Zeljko Ivanek ... Bill Crowley
Bruce Norris ... William Cheeseman

John Lithgow ... Judge Walter J. Skinner

Kathleen Quinlan ... Anne Anderson

Peter Jacobson ... Neil Jacobs

Mary Mara ... Kathy Boyer

James Gandolfini ... Al Love

Stephen Fry ... Pinder

Dan Hedaya ... John Riley

David Thornton ... Richard Aufiero

Sydney Pollack ... Al Eustis

Ned Eisenberg ... Uncle Pete

Margot Rose ... Donna Robbins

Daniel von Bargen ... Mr. Granger (as Daniel Von Bargen)
Caroline Carrigan ... Evelyn Love
Paul Desmond ... Paul Shalline

Michael P. Byrne ... Tommy Barbas

Tracy Miller ... Grace Worker

Paul Hewitt ... Grace Worker

Clayton Landey ... Grace Worker

Paul Ben-Victor ... Bobby Pasqueriella
Elizabeth Burnette ... Lauren Aufiero

Alan Wilder ... Insurance Lawyer
Gregg Joseph Monk ... Insurance Lawyer
Harout Beshlian ... Insurance Lawyer

Josh Pais ... Law Clerk

Haskell V. Anderson III ... Courtroom #7 Clerk (as Haskell Vaughn Anderson III)
Kaiulani Lee ... Mrs. Granger
Howie Carr ... Radio Talk Show Host

Denise Dowse ... Judge Constance Mullen
Pearline Fergerson ... Court Clerk
Scott Weintraub ... PI Lawyers

Robert Cicchini ... PI Lawyers
Christopher Stevenson ... Insurance Plaintiff

Kevin Fry ... Waiter

Brian Turk ... Mover
Rikki Klieman ... TV Reporter

Charlie Stavola ... Detective
David Barrett ... Teenager on Property
Ryan Janis ... Teenager on Property

Rob McElhenney ... Teenager on Property
Michael Biase ... Market Clerk (as Mike Biase)
Richard Calnan ... Woburn Traffic Cop

Gene Wolande ... Hotel Clerk
Sam Travolta ... Grace Attorney
Gregg Shawzin ... Reporter

Juliana Donald ... Reporter (as Juli Donald)
Sayda Alan ... Reporter
Catherine Leahan ... Reporter

Bruce Holman ... Federal Marshall

John Lafayette ... Geologist (as John La Fayette)
Charles Levin ... Geologist
Byron Jennings ... Geologist

Jay Patterson ... Geologist
Taylor Bernard ... Trustee's Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kathy Bates ... Bankruptcy Judge (uncredited)

Tommy Bull ... Bit part (uncredited)
Melissa Calheno ... Girl Dancing with Jan Schlichtmann (uncredited)
Tom Cutler ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Lana Ford ... Francine Conway (uncredited)

Bryan Greenberg ... Firecracker Kid (uncredited)

Phil Hawn ... Attorney in Courtroom Gallery (uncredited)

Aaron Henry ... Al Love's Son (uncredited)

Edward Herrmann ... (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Sarah Krasner ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Richie LaMontagne ... (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

Dane Moreton ... Student (uncredited)

Blake Neitzel ... Boy in Classroom (uncredited)

Collin Pelton ... Sports Fan (uncredited)

Brian Rivers ... Fan at Fenway Park (uncredited)

Gary Rodriguez ... Juror (uncredited)

Rocco Salata ... Diner Patron (uncredited)

Racheal Seymour ... Car Accident Woman (uncredited)

Harry Dean Stanton ... Land Watcher (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Zaillian 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Jonathan Harr (book)

Steven Zaillian (screenplay)

Produced by
Henry J. Golas .... associate producer
David McGiffert .... associate producer
Rachel Pfeffer .... producer
Robert Redford .... producer
Scott Rudin .... producer
David Wisnievitz .... executive producer
Steven Zaillian .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Wayne Wahrman 
 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
 
Production Design by
David Gropman 
 
Set Decoration by
Tracey A. Doyle 
 
Costume Design by
Shay Cunliffe 
 
Makeup Department
Michelle Bühler .... makeup artist: Mr. Travolta, Los Angeles
Hallie D'Amore .... makeup artist: Ms. Quinlan, Los Angeles
Whitney James .... chief makeup artist (as Whitney L. James)
Susan V. Kalinowski .... hair stylist: Mr. Travolta, Los Angeles
Cheryl Ann Nick .... key makeup artist: Los Angeles (as Cheryl Nick)
Arturo Rojas .... key hair stylist: Los Angeles
Martin Samuel .... chief hair stylist: Los Angeles
Courtney Corvan .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Katherine E. Beyda .... production supervisor
David Wisnievitz .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Amundson .... first assistant director: second unit
Timothy Grant Engle .... second second assistant director: Los Angeles (as Timothy Engle)
Stephen E. Hagen .... second assistant director (as Stephen Hagen)
David McGiffert .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Alejandro Aguilar .... labor foreman: Los Angeles
John Bettencourt .... assistant greensman: Boston
Jennifer Blair .... art department coordinator: Los Angeles
David J. Bomba .... art director: Los Angeles
Larry Clark .... head painter: Los Angeles
Larry A. Cornick .... leadman: Los Angeles
Daniel J. Courchaine .... paint foreman: Boston (as Daniel Courchaine)
Ronald Cox .... propmaker foreman: Los Angeles (as Ronald W. Cox)
Lee Cunningham .... assistant set decorator: Los Angeles
Ken Doyle .... assistant greensman: Boston (as Kenneth J. Doyle Jr.)
Tracey A. Doyle .... set decorator: Los Angeles
Jennifer Engel .... property assistant: Boston
Kyra Friedman Curcio .... assistant set decorator: Boston (as Kyra Friedman)
Michael Gastaldo .... assistant property master: Los Angeles
Raymond Ginther .... head plasterer: Los Angeles
Carmine Goglia .... stand-by painter: Los Angeles
Paul W. Gorfine .... scenic artist: Boston
Wylie Griffin .... art department administrator: Boston (as Wylie Young Griffin)
Caroline Irons .... scenic artist: Boston
John R. Jensen .... art director: Boston
William C. Jones .... construction foreman: Los Angeles
Dean Lakoff .... set dresser: Los Angeles
Loren Lyons .... on-set dresser: Los Angeles
Randy Manion .... art department assistant: Boston
Robin L. Miller .... property master: Los Angeles
Chris Pascuzzo .... set dresser: Los Angeles (as Christopher Pascuzzo)
Susan Peterson .... scenic artist: Boston
Frank Piercy .... painter foreman: Los Angeles (as Franklin Piercy)
Alan L. Porter .... set dresser: Los Angeles
Ron Resch .... construction medic: Los Angeles
Paul Richards .... leadman: Boston
Anne Roesch .... art department assistant: Los Angeles
Catherine Rooney .... assistant greensman: Boston
Lori Rowbotham .... assistant art director: Boston
Lee Runnels .... head greensman: Los Angeles
John H. Samson .... construction coordinator: Los Angeles (as John Samson)
Rob Simons .... assistant art director: Los Angeles
Kurt Smith .... construction coordinator: Boston
Linda Stelling .... construction medic: Los Angeles
John H. Storey .... scenic artist: Boston
Peter A. Tullo .... prop assistant: Los Angeles
Doug Crawford .... propmaker: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Joe Elvington .... labor foreman: reshoot (uncredited)
Timothy Joliat .... carpenter: Boston (uncredited)
Jim Magdaleno .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Jeffrey McMahon .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Gary Metzen .... construction (uncredited)
Luigi Mugavero .... lead man (uncredited)
Jeff O'Bannon .... laborer (uncredited)
Timothy O'Brien .... carpenter (uncredited)
Jack O'Neil .... carpenter (uncredited)
Kathleen Rosen .... buyer (uncredited)
Ahmed Saker .... construction medic (uncredited)
Kenneth Salter .... carpenter gang boss (uncredited)
Theodore Suchecki .... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael Thurman .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer: Los Angeles
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor: Los Angeles
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer: Los Angeles (as Gary Bourgeois)
Bryan Bowen .... sound effects editor: Los Angeles
Bob Bowman .... first assistant sound editor: Los Angeles
Perry Dodgson .... utility sound: Los Angeles (as Perry Dodgeson)
Richard Dwan Jr. .... dialogue editor: Los Angeles (as Richard Dwan)
Robert Fernandez .... choir recordist: Los Angeles
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital sound assistant: Los Angeles
Hector C. Gika .... sound effects editor: Los Angeles
Dan Hegeman .... foley editor: Los Angeles
Chris Hogan .... dialogue editor: Los Angeles (as Christopher W. Hogan)
Craig S. Jaeger .... foley editor: Los Angeles
Chris Jargo .... adr supervisor: Los Angeles
Constance A. Kazmer .... adr editor: Los Angeles
Randy Kelley .... sound effects editor: Los Angeles (as Randy Kelly)
Ariel Kemp .... additional sound: Los Angeles
Larry Kemp .... supervising sound editor: Los Angeles
Daniel R. Kerr .... additional sound: Los Angeles
Lee W. Lebaigue .... additional sound: Los Angeles (as Lee Lebaigue)
Julie Lucas .... foley recordist: Los Angeles (as Julie C. Lucas)
David MacMillan .... production sound mixer: Los Angeles (as David Macmillan)
Harrison D. Marsh .... boom operator: Los Angeles
James Moriana .... foley artist: Los Angeles
Tony Negrete .... assistant sound editor: Los Angeles (as Tony R. Negrete)
Mark Ormandy .... additional sound: Los Angeles
Michelle Pazer .... assistant adr editor: Los Angeles
Dan M. Rich .... dialogue editor: Los Angeles (as Dan Rich)
Alison Sanford .... sound recordist: Los Angeles
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer: Los Angeles
Mary Ruth Smith .... adr editor: Los Angeles
Wylie Stateman .... additional sound: Los Angeles
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist: Los Angeles
 
Special Effects by
Guy Clayton Jr. .... special effects coordinator: Los Angeles (as Guy Clayton)
Guy Faria .... special effects foreman: Los Angeles (as Guy Fario)
William 'Billy Jack' Jakielaszek .... special effects assistant: Boston (as William Jakielaszek)
Gary L. King .... special effects assistant: Boston
John W. Noble .... special effects assistant: Boston
Brian Ricci .... special effects foreman: Boston
Ed Ricci .... special effects assistant: Boston (as Edward P. Ricci)
Gary D. Woodworth .... special effects assistant: Boston
 
Visual Effects by
Mike Wassel .... matte artist: Illusion Arts (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Joey Box .... stunt performer
Doc D. Charbonneau .... stunt performer
Bryan Greenberg .... stunt performer
Dustin Meier .... stunt performer (as Dustin J. Meier)
Mark Riccardi .... stunt coordinator
Mario Roberts .... stunt performer
David Barrett .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Mark Riccardi .... stunt double: John Travolta (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Karine Albano .... lighting technician: Boston
Scott Baker .... lighting technician: Los Angeles
Thomas M. Baker .... lighting technician: Los Angeles
James Barrett .... rigging technician: Los Angeles
Rick A. Benedetto .... rigging best boy: Los Angeles (as Richard A. Benedetto)
Carlos Bermudez .... lighting technician: Boston
Erik Bernstein .... best boy electric: Los Angeles
Eric Boyle .... grip: Boston (as Eric E. Boyle)
Arnold F. Brown .... grip: Boston (as Arnold Brown)
Jonathan Brown .... Steadicam operator: Boston
Jonathan Brown .... camera operator: "b" camera, Boston
Clyde E. Bryan .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Lon Caracappa .... rigging best boy electric: Boston
Gary S. Christie .... best boy rigging grip: Los Angeles (as Gary Christie)
Edmund P. Chrostowski .... rigging grip: Boston
Billy Craft .... lighting technician: Los Angeles (as Billy F. Craft Jr.)
Robert Cuddy .... lighting technician: Boston
R. Michael De Chellis .... rigging gaffer: Los Angeles
Michael DiIeso .... rigging electrician: Boston (as Michael Diieso)
John Emory .... grip: Los Angeles
Chris Garcia .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Boston
Raymond Gonzales .... rigging technician: Los Angeles (as Raymond A. Gonzales)
Pascal M. Guillemard .... lighting technician: Los Angeles (as Pascal Guillemard)
Conrad W. Hall .... camera operator: Los Angeles
Tim Hogan .... best boy rigging grip: Boston (as Timothy L. Hogan)
David James .... still photographer: Los Angeles
Tom Keenan .... lighting technician: Boston (as Thomas F. Keenan)
Gerald A. King .... key rigging grip: Los Angeles
Kenny King .... key grip: second unit (as Ken King)
Ronald Kline .... lighting technician: Los Angeles
Trevor Loomis .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Boston
Steve McLean .... additional assistant camera: Los Angeles
Jack McPhee .... rigging electrician: Boston (as John F. McPhee)
James R. Mitchell .... rigging electrician: Boston
Sean Napolitano .... grip: second unit
Ryan Parks .... loader: Los Angeles
Jeff Pelton .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
Bruton Peterson .... lighting technician: Los Angeles (as Bruton R. Peterson)
Michael F. Pierre .... rigging technician: Los Angeles (as Michael Pierre)
Brian A. Pitts .... lighting technician: Boston
Michael E. Reynolds .... grip: Boston
Calmar Roberts .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Cal Roberts)
Peter Rowan .... best boy rigging grip: Boston
Patrick Ruth .... rigging electrician: Boston
Mike Schwake .... dolly grip: Los Angeles
Don Selsor .... second grip: Los Angeles
Jason Selsor .... grip: Los Angeles
Sean Smith .... lighting technician: Los Angeles
Michael Stone .... camera operator: "b" camera, Los Angeles
Suzanne Trucks .... second assistant camera: second unit
Roger Wall .... additional assistant camera: Los Angeles
John W. Walsh .... rigging grip: Boston
Scott C. Williman .... rigging technician: Los Angeles
Robert Witherspoon .... lighting technician: Los Angeles
Jerry Woodside .... lighting technician: Los Angeles
Randy Woodside .... chief lighting technician: Los Angeles
Eric Wycoff .... lighting technician: Los Angeles
Frank Yario Jr. .... video assist: Los Angeles (as Frank Yario)
Frank Yario Jr. .... video playback: Los Angeles (as Frank Yario)
Bill Young .... key grip: Los Angeles
Haris Zambarloukos .... camera intern: Los Angeles
Harry Zimmerman .... first assistant camera: second unit
Woody Bell .... grip (uncredited)
Rick Cardillo .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Peter D'Angelo .... generator operator (uncredited)
Tim Driscoll .... grip (uncredited)
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: SpaceCam (uncredited)
Rick Harris .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Guy Holt .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul Jacobsen .... rigger (uncredited)
Daniel C. McFadden .... camera loader (uncredited)
Scott Medcalf .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Philip A. Reilly .... electrician (uncredited)
Tim Scannell .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William M. Weberg .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Caroline Carrigan .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Julie Lichter .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Matt Bouldry .... location casting assistant: Boston (uncredited)
Kevin Fennessy .... casting associate: Boston (uncredited)
Carolyn Pickman .... casting: Boston (uncredited)
Jodi Purdy-Quinlan .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Leslie Sellers .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Franklyn Warren .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James P. Cullen .... costumer: Mr. Travolta, Los Angeles (as Jim Cullen)
Roberta Frankel .... costumer: Boston
Barbara Marko .... costumer: Los Angeles
Robert Q. Mathews .... costume supervisor: Los Angeles
Austin Myers .... assistant costume designer: Los Angeles
David Page .... lead costumer: men, Los Angeles
Eva Prappas .... lead costumer: women, Los Angeles
Rachelle Anthony .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Bill Babington .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Tori Capezza .... post-production assistant: Boston
Phil Hetos .... color timer: Los Angeles
Sara Hyoun .... assistant editor: avid, Los Angeles
Xin Ling .... post-production assistant: Los Angeles
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter: Los Angeles
Alexis Seymour .... second assistant editor: Los Angeles
Bambi Sickafoose .... first assistant editor: Los Angeles
 
Music Department
Steve Bartek .... conductor: choir, Los Angeles
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator: Los Angeles
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation: Los Angeles
Daniel Allan Carlin .... orchestra conductor: Los Angeles (as Dan Carlin Jr.)
Danny Elfman .... score producer: Los Angeles
Tod Holcomb .... assistant music editor: Los Angeles
Artie Kane .... orchestra conductor: Los Angeles
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer: Los Angeles
Shawn Murphy .... score recordist: Los Angeles
Kathy Nelson .... executive in charge of music: Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group, Los Angeles
Ellen Segal .... music editor: Los Angeles
Edgardo Simone .... additional orchestrator: Los Angeles
Patti Zimmitti .... orchestra contractor: Los Angeles
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Paul Wertheimer .... music recordist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Richard Abate .... transportation captain: Boston
William O'Brien .... transportation coordinator: Boston (as Billy O'Brien)
Ken Peterson .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles (as Kenneth Peterson)
Kristen Redd-Ginchereau .... transportation captain: Los Angeles (as Kris Redd-Ginchereau)
Bobby Anderson .... picture car coordinator: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Michael Avallon .... driver (uncredited)
Ken Farnell .... driver (uncredited)
Dennis Lally .... driver (uncredited)
Tina Peterson .... driver (uncredited)
Alana Stelling .... driver (uncredited)
Larry Stelling .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Noah Ackerman .... assistant: Mr. Zaillian, Los Angeles
Todd J. Adelman .... set medic: Los Angeles (as Dr. Todd Adelman)
Stacy Basil .... animal trainer: Birds & Animals, Los Angeles (as Stacy M. Basil)
Taylor Bernard .... stand-in: Los Angeles
Joseph Bouvier .... set production assistant: second unit
Timothy R. Boyce Jr. .... production assistant: Boston
Joseph Braus .... purchasing foreman: Los Angeles
Tom Brewer .... technical consultant: geology, Los Angeles
Melinda Bullion .... animal trainer: Birds & Animals, Los Angeles
Lola Caldwell .... production secretary: Los Angeles
Richard Calnan .... police coordinator: Boston (as Sgt. Richard Calnan)
Brent Carlton .... personal trainer: Mr. Travolta, Los Angeles
Jourdain Chapdelaine .... office production assistant: Los Angeles (as Jordi Chapdelaine)
S. Todd Christensen .... assistant location manager: Los Angeles
John A. Cohen .... assistant: Mr. Rudin, Los Angeles
Curtis Collins .... location manager: Los Angeles
Jennifer Corey .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Margaret Cox .... key production secretary: Los Angeles
Marianne Crescenzi .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Merrilee Dale .... first assistant accountant: Los Angeles (as Merrilee A. Dale)
Rod Damer .... stand-in: Los Angeles
Donna M. Duffy .... technical consultant: medical, Los Angeles (as Donna Duffy)
Johnny Egan .... set production assistant: second unit (as John Egan III)
Mike Elmendorf .... stand-in: Los Angeles
Monique Escamilla .... assistant: Mr. Zaillian, Los Angeles
Peter Evangelatos .... craft service: Los Angeles
Lisa Jean Felski .... second assistant accountant: Los Angeles
Mark Fitzgerald .... assistant location manager: Boston
Kenneth D. Fitzgibbon .... medic: Boston
Bob Francis .... technical consultant: geology, American Drilling Services, Los Angeles
Edward Goemans .... assistant: Mr. Rudin, Los Angeles
Jane Goldsmith .... script supervisor: Los Angeles
Josh Greenstein .... assistant: Mr. Rudin, Los Angeles
Ken Haber .... location manager: Los Angeles
Jay Handlin .... legal consultant: Los Angeles
Charles Harrington .... location manager: Boston (as Charlie Harrington)
Petersen Harris .... office production assistant: Los Angeles
Mark N. Hopkins .... assistant: Mr. Rudin, Los Angeles
Jody Hummer .... location manager: Los Angeles
Jeff Joy .... stand-in: Los Angeles
Michael Kaufman .... stand-in
Mara Kerum .... caterer: Tony's Food Service, Los Angeles
John Brian King .... title designer: Los Angeles (as Brian King)
Namthip Kumpiranonth .... craft service: Boston
Brandon Lambdin .... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Gregory Lessans .... assistant: Mr. Rudin, Los Angeles
James MacDonald .... medic: Boston
Jeff N. Maclean .... assistant location manager: Boston
Marc Mann .... midi preparer and supervisor: Los Angeles
Cheryl McHugh .... payroll accountant: Los Angeles
Courtenay Milburn .... production assistant: Boston
Ralph Millero .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Meg Montagnino-Jarrett .... second assistant accountant: Boston (as Margaret R. Montagnino)
Robert J. Morton .... assistant: Mr. Travolta, Los Angeles (as Rob Morton)
Edward J. Nowak .... legal consultant: Los Angeles
Malve O'Meara .... production assistant: Boston (as Maeve O'Meara)
Wendy Page .... assistant: Ms. Pfeffer, Los Angeles
Chris Palzis .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Matt Power .... production assistant: Boston
Kim Quam .... medic: Boston
John Radcliff .... stand-in: Los Angeles
Lucius T. Ramsey .... assistant location manager: Boston
Brian Relyea .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Mark Riccardi .... photo double: John Travolta
Mark Riccardi .... stand-in: John Travolta
Bruce Richie .... stand-in: Los Angeles
Mark Roybal .... assistant: Mr. Rudin, Los Angeles
Steven Samanen .... script supervisor: second unit
John R. Saunders .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as John Saunders)
Jan Schlichtmann .... consultant: Los Angeles
Paul Schreiber .... assistant location manager: Los Angeles
Derek Skaletsky .... office production assistant: Los Angeles
Sol .... craft service: Los Angeles
Charles Spector .... stand-in: Los Angeles
Rob Steiner .... stand-in: Los Angeles
Sunday Stevens .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Lauren Beth Strogoff .... unit publicist: Los Angeles (as Lauren Strogoff)
Susan Such .... executive assistant: Mr. Travolta, Los Angeles
Laura Tateishi .... production coordinator: Los Angeles (as Laura 'L.T.' Tateishi)
Michael F. Tavani .... craft service: Boston
Donald H. Walker .... production controller: Los Angeles
Beth Williams .... post-production accountant: Los Angeles
Kelly Winn .... craft service: Boston
Jacob M. Yellin .... legal consultant: Los Angeles
Charles Zaillian .... baseball consultant: Los Angeles
Lisa Arnone .... script supervisor: Boston second unit (uncredited)
Lisa Arnone .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Kathleen Beall .... location scout (uncredited)
Tony Brazas .... stand-in: Mr. Travolta (uncredited)
Linda DaSilva .... production coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)
Lacey Dean .... location office coordinator: Boston (uncredited)
Benjamin C. Dewey .... location scout (uncredited)
Gia Galligani .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tony Gardner .... special properties (uncredited)
Mary Beth Gentle .... post production coordinator - staff coordinator (uncredited)
Grant Grabowski .... executive assistant: Scott Rudin (uncredited)
Erika Herzog .... office production assistant: Scott Rudin Productions (uncredited)
Tony Kerum .... caterer (uncredited)
Krystian Lagowski .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jerry Lee .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
James A. Mahathey .... location scout: Pittsburgh (uncredited)
Allyn Partin .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Michael Peavey .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Karen Stark .... location scout (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)
Paul John Tirone .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Paul Cellucci .... the producers wish to thank (as Governor Paul Cellucci)
Robin Dawson .... the producers wish to thank
Marshall Goldberg .... the producers wish to thank
Joe Mooney .... the producers wish to thank
Gretchen Muench .... the producers wish to thank: United States Environmental Protection Agency
Tom Stoppard .... the producers wish to thank
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some strong language
Runtime:
115 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Austria:0 | Chile:14 | Denmark:7 | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Germany:12 (w) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Norway:7 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #36309)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
A number of scenes described in the book are reproduced in the film, such as Facher's asking for the hotel pen at the settlement conference, Schlictmann's meeting with Eustis at the Harvard Club in New York, Gordon's attempts to keep the firm solvent (even purchasing lottery tickets and giving money to televangelists) and Riley's behavior at his deposition.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Jan races his Porsche toward Woburn to meet with the families for the first time. He zooms along one distinctive stretch of road and in the next scene he is being given a speeding ticket on a bridge. When he leaves Woburn, he is seen racing along the same stretch of road, only to be stopped again on the same bridge. The bridge has moved from being after the stretch of road heading into Woburn, to being after the same stretch when driving away from Woburn.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Jan Schlichtmann:[narrating] It's like this. A dead plaintiff is rarely worth as much as a living, severely-maimed plaintiff. However, if it's a long slow agonizing death, as opposed to a quick drowning or car wreck, the value can rise considerably. A dead adult in his 20s is generally worth less than one who is middle aged...
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Why did Facher exhibit odd behaviors?
In the beginning, the firm was shown to be very successful. How did they lose so much by the end?
What is an 'orphan'?
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Skillful rendition of the book on film., 31 January 1999
Author: toenails from New Bern, NC USA

How to interpret viewer comments on this film:

"Slow-moving" = ...no car chases.

"poor acting" = ...no karate chops

"too long" = ...longer than a music video

"dull" = ...See "Slow-moving"

"A Civil Action" was a fine book, and the film does it justice. No, it's not perfect, but it is emotionally moving, and faithful to the non-fiction account of the case.

Some of the heart-rending short scenes featuring parents of the child-victims (the father at the deposition; the parents trying to revive the dying child in the car) were absolute masterpieces. There should be special Academy Awards available for brief scenes of this kind that are too "small" for Best Supporting Actor awards, but are, in themselves, worthy of acclaim.

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