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The Pelican Brief ()


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A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger.

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Darby Shaw
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Gray Grantham
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Thomas Callahan
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Gavin Vereek
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Fletcher Coal
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FBI Director Denton Voyles (as James B. Sikking)
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Bob Gminski
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President
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Khamel
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Justice Rosenberg
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Smith Keen
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Marty Velmano
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Stump
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Edwin Sneller
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Matthew Barr
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Alice Stark
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Charles Morgan / Garcia
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Eric East
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Rupert
Sonny Jim Gaines ...
Sarge
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K.O. Lewis
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Song and Dance Man from Bar (as Joseph Chrest)
Richard Bauer ...
Managing Editor
Michelle O'Neill ...
Sara Ann Morgan
Peter Carlin ...
Edward Linney
Ralph Cosham ...
Justice Jensen
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Rosenberg's Nurse (as Terrence P. Currier)
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Himself
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Federal Clerk
Howard Shalwitz ...
Washington Herald Journalist
Kyle Prue ...
News Desk Reporter
Jewell Robinson ...
Senior Washington Herald Editor
Kim Peter Kovac ...
Senior Washington Herald Editor
Norman Aronovic ...
Senior Washington Herald Editor
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Cop in Cowboy Boots
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New Orleans Policewoman
Scott Michael Jefferson ...
Lt. Olsen (as Scott Jefferson)
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Hooten (as Daniel Kamin)
Mark McLaughlin ...
CIA Agent in Hotel Room
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CIA Agent in Hotel Room
Magee Hickey ...
Herself
Constance Yelverton ...
Clerk at Sheraton Hotel
Kim Kettle ...
Gavin Verheek's Wife
Ellie K. Wang ...
Reporter at National Cathedral
Franchelle Stewart Dorn ...
University Registrar (as Fran Dorn)
Karen Bralove ...
University Placement Clerk
Teagle F. Bougere ...
Male University Student
Carey Varner ...
Female University Student
Sandra Quarterman ...
Laura Kass (as Saundra Quarterman)
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Parklane Receptionist
Alan Wade ...
Parklane Administrator
Harold Surratt ...
Parklane Security Officer (as Harold J. Surratt)
Paul Morella ...
White & Blazevich Attorney
Ed Johnson ...
White & Blazevich Security Guard
Jurian Hughes ...
White & Blazevich Receptionist
Dick Stilwell ...
White & Blazevich Security
Tom Quinn ...
Sara Ann Morgan's Father
Beverly Brigham ...
Safe Deposit Teller
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Female Pursuer with Gun (as Liza Sweeney Coleman)
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Male Pursuer with Gun (as Douglas R. Coleman)
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Tulane Law Student
Shanna Connell ...
Tulane Law Student
Gene Babb ...
Reporter
Kyle Duvall ...
Reporter (as Kyle D. Duvall)
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Reporter
Carrie Boren ...
Reporter
James Earl Reed ...
Reporter
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Mardi Gras Party Patron (uncredited)
Kelly Lynn Richards ...
Protester (uncredited)
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Man Partying in Quarter (uncredited)
Scott Shay ...
Riot Police Officer (uncredited)
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Office Worker (uncredited)
John A. Taylor ...
Law School Administrator (uncredited)
Greta Valenti ...
Kid at Parade (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alan J. Pakula

Written by

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John Grisham ... (book)
 
Alan J. Pakula ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Pieter Jan Brugge ... producer
Donald Laventhall ... associate producer
Alan J. Pakula ... producer

Music by

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James Horner

Cinematography by

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Stephen Goldblatt ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Tom Rolf
Trudy Ship

Editorial Department

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Andi Kasen Bergman ... assistant film editor (as Andi Kasen Van Kirk)
Jennifer Davidoff Cook ... assistant film editor (as Jennifer A. Davidoff)
John Scott Cook ... apprentice film editor
Armando Fente ... apprentice film editor (as Armando Fente Jr.)
Agnes Grandits ... assistant film editor (as Agnes C. Grandits)
Vicki Hiatt ... associate film editor
Heather Hughes ... apprentice film editor
Kelly Irvine ... first assistant film editor
Bob Kaiser ... color timer
Marty Levenstein ... associate film editor
John Marston ... apprentice film editor
Sheila Moloney ... assistant film editor
Anne O'Brien ... apprentice film editor
Harry Peck Bolles ... assistant film editor
Suzanne Pillsbury ... assistant film editor
David Pincus ... lightworks supervisor
Elizabeth Sherry ... assistant film editor
Adam Lee Freeman ... editing production aide (uncredited)
Joel Hirsch ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Alixe Gordin

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Philip Rosenberg

Art Direction by

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Robert Guerra

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Lisa Fischer
Rick Simpson

Costume Design by

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Albert Wolsky

Makeup Department

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Barbara Lacy ... makeup artist
Neal Martz ... special makeup artist
Bob Mills ... makeup artist
Kaye Pownall ... hair stylist
Edna Sheen ... makeup artist (as Edna M. Sheen)
Kenneth Walker ... hair stylist
Donna Spahn ... hair stylist (uncredited)
James Waterhouse ... makeup production assistant (uncredited)

Production Management

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Celia D. Costas ... unit production manager
Patricia Hess ... assistant unit production manager (as Patricia Anne Doherty)
Kerry Orent ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Trey Batchelor ... second second assistant director
Peter Kohn ... first assistant director
Michael Proscia Jr. ... additional second assistant director
John Rusk ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Eric Bart ... scenic charge
Richard Birnbaum ... labor foreman
E.W. Bradford ... construction coordinator: New Orleans (as E.W. 'Bill' Bradford)
Kelly Curley ... art department coordinator: New Orleans
Mark Fabert ... construction foreman: New Orleans
Jerry G. Henery ... construction foreman: New Orleans
Mike Higelmire ... lead man
Monroe Kelly ... set designer: New Orleans
William S. Maxwell III ... lead man
Michael McCombe ... greens foreman (as Michael J. McCombe)
Ben Morahan ... assistant art director
Richard Reseigne ... construction coordinator
Olimpia T. Rinaldi ... art department coordinator (as Olimpia Rinaldi)
Michael Saccio ... assistant property master
Thomas Saccio ... property master (as Tom Saccio)
Siv Sandstrom ... art department coordinator
John A. Scott III ... lead man
Sarah Stollman ... set designer
Donna Swope Wieters ... scenic charge (as Donna Swope-Wieters)
Dick Tice ... assistant property master (as Richard Tice)
Robb W. Ward ... construction foreman (as Robb Ward)
Ted Boonthanakit ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Carl Catanese ... set dresser (uncredited)
Kyung W. Chang ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Frank Hendrick ... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael Hendrick ... set dresser (uncredited)
Randy G. Herbert ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Deni Holl ... set painter (uncredited)
Dave Kelsey ... scenic painter (uncredited)
Ted Lubonovich II ... carpenter (uncredited)
Brick Mason ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Silvija L. Moess ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Richard Salinas ... painter (uncredited)
Jeffrey Scott Taylor ... assistant props (uncredited)
Franz Wise ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Ron Bochar ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Michael J. Cerone ... re-recording mixer (as Mike Cerrone)
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Rick Dior ... re-recording mixer
Harriet Fidlow ... adr editor
Chris Fielder ... assistant sound editor
Joan Franklin ... adr assistant
Robert Hein ... dialogue editor
Chris Houghton ... assistant sound editor
Frank Kern ... foley editor
Annette Kudrak ... adr assistant
Stuart Levy ... foley editor
Julie Lindner ... assistant sound editor
Marissa Littlefield ... dialogue editor
Eliza Paley ... foley editor
Richard Portman ... re-recording mixer
Bruce Pross ... foley supervisor
Nicholas Renbeck ... assistant sound editor
Fred Rosenberg ... sound editor (as Fredric Rosenberg)
James Sabat ... production sound mixer (as James J. Sabat)
Louis Sabat ... boom operator
Diane Schaub ... adr editor
Steven Visscher ... foley editor
Magdaline Volaitis ... dialogue editor
Deborah Wallach ... adr supervisor
Kay Denmark ... adr boom operator (uncredited)

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Connie Brink ... special effects (as Conrad Brink)
Jef Gums ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Steve Gums ... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Gerald Scaife ... special effects auditor (uncredited)

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Jerome Chen ... lead animator: SPI
Allen Edwards ... animator modeler: SPI
Paul Lasaine ... matte painting supervisor: Buena Vista Visual Effects
George Merkert ... visual effects producer: SPI
John Nelson ... visual effects supervisor: SPI
Eric Peterson ... matte cameraman: Buena Vista Visual Effects
Wally Schaab ... digital compositor: Buena Vista Visual Effects
Lynda Thompson ... visual effects producer: Buena Vista Visual Effects (as Lynda Lemon)

Stunts

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Richard L. Blackwell ... stunts (as Richard L Blackwell)
Eric Chambers ... stunts
Doug Coleman ... stunt coordinator
David Efron ... stunts
Roy Farfel ... stunts
Tabby Hanson ... stunts
Mick O'Rourke ... stunts
Daniel W. Barringer ... stunts (uncredited)
Blaise Corrigan ... stunts (uncredited)
Ned Corrigan ... utility stunts (uncredited)
Linda Perlin ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Colin J. Campbell ... chief lighting technician (as Colin Campbell)
Ted Churchill ... Steadicam operator
Bill Gerardo ... second assistant camera
Vinnie Gerardo ... first assistant camera (as Vinny Gerardo)
Frank Graziadei ... cable video assist
Bill Heald ... camera loader
Dick Mingalone ... camera operator
David B. Nowell ... gyroscope camera operator: New Orleans (as David Nowell)
Billy Patsos ... best boy grip (as William Patsos)
George Patsos ... key grip
James Pollard ... dolly grip
Ken Regan ... still photographer
Frank Scheidbach ... assistant chief lighting technician
John Shoemaker ... rigging gaffer (as John Brook Shoemaker)
Rick Whitfield ... video playback coordinator
Michael F. Burke ... electrician (uncredited)
Richard Brooks Burton ... aerial assistant camera (uncredited)
Joe Collins ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael S. Endler ... first assistant Steadicam: New Orleans (uncredited)
Larry Huston ... Steadicam focus puller (uncredited)
David Norris ... camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)
David Renken ... additional electrician (uncredited)
Frank Rinato ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Ed Slater ... electrician (uncredited)
Douglas W. Smith ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael L. Smith ... grip: New Orleans (uncredited)
Wells A. Smith ... grip (uncredited)
Rick Strodel ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Benita Hofstetter ... casting: Washington D.C.
Ramsay King ... casting: New Orleans (as Ramsey King)
Rick Landry ... extras casting: New Orleans
Michele Ortlip ... casting associate (as Michelle Ortlip)
Kimberly Skyrme ... extras casting
David Rome ... extras casting assistant: New Orleans (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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William A. Campbell ... costumer: men (as Bill Campbell)
George L. Little ... costume supervisor
Carlane Passman ... costume supervisor
Fran Vega-Buck ... costumer: women (as Francis Vega-Buck)

Location Management

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Gary Huckabay ... location manager: New Orleans
Foongy Lee ... location manager
Michael Wallace ... location manager
Michael Anthony ... location scout (uncredited)
Kathleen Beall ... location scout (uncredited)
John Crowder ... location scout (uncredited)
Scott Allen Logan ... location scout: Mexico (uncredited)
David Westreich ... location assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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Don Davis ... orchestrator
Thomas S. Drescher ... music editor (as Tom Drescher)
Jim Henrikson ... supervising music editor
James Horner ... conductor
Anne McCabe ... assistant music editor
Shawn Murphy ... music mixer (as Sean Murphy) / music recordist (as Sean Murphy)
Thomas Pasatieri ... orchestrator (as Tom Pasatieri)
Joe E. Rand ... assistant music editor (as Joseph E. Rand)

Transportation Department

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Earl R. Hurst Sr. ... transportation captain: New Orleans
Tom Rebber ... transportation captain
Bryce Guy Williams ... transportation coordinator (as Bryce G. Williams)
George Williams ... transportation co-captain
Rick Scheil ... transportation accountant (uncredited)

Other crew

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Edward Allen ... assistant accountant
Sallie Jones Arata ... production secretary: New Orleans (as Sallie Jones)
David M. Bernstein ... set production assistant (as David Bernstein)
Jason Berry ... production aide: New Orleans
Jamie D. Boscardin ... assistant: Pieter Jan Brugge
Shawn Boyachek ... office production aide
Sondra Dee Boyachek ... production office supervisor
Nick Corbett ... office production aide
Joey Delpo ... set production aide
Dianne Dreyer ... script supervisor
Tutt Esquerre ... assistant: Julia Roberts
Gary Romolo Fiorelli ... set production aide (as Gary Fiorelli)
Bonnie Friedman ... production aide: New Orleans
James W. Gavin ... helicopter pilot: Washington D.C. (as Jim Gavin)
Adam Goodman ... set production aide
Michael R. Kern ... assistant accountant
Edith Dupré LeBlanc ... assistant production office coordinator: New Orleans
Monica Levinson ... production office secretary
Ian Lithgow ... set production aide
Patricia Serafina Madiedo ... production office coordinator: New Orleans
Lisa Mantoux ... office production aide
John McSweeney ... set production aide
Jeanmarie Murphy-Burke ... unit publicist
Evelyn Navarro ... production aide: New Orleans
Sharon Parbs ... production office secretary
Willie Radcliff ... craft service
Scott Robertson ... key set production aide
James Roque ... production aide: New Orleans (as James Roque Jr.)
Bo Ross ... assistant: Alan J. Pakula
Alison Sherman ... production office coordinator
Leslie Silvey ... office production aide
Catherine Solt ... assistant: Alan J. Pakula
Laurie Stevenson ... office production aide (as Lauren Stevenson)
Cheryl A. Stone ... production accountant
Hyle Talbott White ... assistant: Julia Roberts (as Hyle White)
Keith Werhan ... constitutional law consultant: New Orleans (as Professor Keith Werhan)
Gina White ... assistant: Denzel Washington (as Gina L. White)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... helicopter pilot: New Orleans / helicopter pilot: main title sequence
Scott August ... set production assistant (uncredited)
Rodney Barnes ... production assistant (uncredited)
Bill Daly ... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Anthony Michael Frederick ... stand-in (uncredited)
Melinda A. Grieger ... stand-in: Julia Roberts (uncredited)
Mark Gulbrandsen ... dailies projection technician: New Orleans (uncredited) / dailies projection technician: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Jeff Johnson ... medic (uncredited)
Willis Baxter Johnson ... production assistant (uncredited)
Adrienne King ... looping voices (uncredited)
David H. Kramer ... adr loop group (uncredited)
Steven Kunes ... creative consultant (uncredited)
Kevin Law ... stand-in (uncredited)
Cynthia Lejeune ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Susanna Lo ... script editor (uncredited)
Dominic Marcus ... adr supporting artist (uncredited)
Jesse Merz ... market researcher (uncredited)
Kenny Rivenbark ... remote head technician (uncredited)
Danny Rose ... production assistant (uncredited)
Bill Timoney ... adr voice group (uncredited)
Paige Wilbanks ... production assistant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed. Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men and who is also having an affair with one of his students, is given a brief by her that states who probably wanted to see these two men dead. He then gives it to one of his friends, who works for the FBI. When the FBI director reads it, he is fascinated by it. One of the president's men who read it is afraid that if it ever got out, the president could be smeared. So he advises the president to tell the director to drop it, which he does. But later the professor and the girl were out and he was drunk and when he refused to give her the keys, she stepped out of the car. When he started it, it blew up. She then discovers that her place has been burglarized and what was taken were her computer and her disks. Obviously, her brief has someone agitated. She then turns to her boyfriend's friend at the FBI. He agrees to come meet her but before he does, someone shoots him and takes his place. At the meeting, he was about to kill her when someone shoots him. She then decides to turn to Gray Grantham, an investigative reporter, who was contacted by someone who says he has info on the killings but backed out at the last minute. He then meets her and tells her what her brief is, and basically, the man she suspects is a good friend of the president, and is trying to manipulate the outcome of a trial that is now before the Supreme Court. Grantham tells her that her brief can harm the president and although all they have are theories, he asks her to help him, but she wants to leave the country. Then Grantham's editor tells him that they have nothing, that he should drop cause the man she implicated is extremely powerful. Grantham is about to drop it when she says that she will help him. But can they stay alive? Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead. See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'affaire Pélican (France)
  • Die Akte (Germany)
  • El informe Pelícano (Spain)
  • L'informe pelicà (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Версия пеликан (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 141 min
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Box Office

Budget $45,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $16,600,000
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $195,268,056

Did You Know?

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Trivia Paul Rudd named his daughter after Julia Roberts character Darby. See more »
Goofs In the videotape the oil and gas lawyer Curtis Morgan leaves for his wife, he says that he lifted an incriminating memo from the desk of a lawyer at White and Blazovitch dated September 28th. But when Gray Grantham calls around confirming the facts before running the story on the memo, he says it was dated April 11th. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Pelican Brief/Beethoven's 2nd/Philadelphia/What's Eating Gilbert Grape/Wrestling Ernest Hemmingway (1993). See more »
Soundtracks Blues For Carol See more »
Quotes Gray Grantham: Do you want to talk about the brief?
Darby Shaw: Everyone I have told about the brief is dead.
Gray Grantham: I take my chances.
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