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Just Cause (1995)

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A Harvard professor is lured back into the courtroom after 25 years to take the case of a young black man condemned to death for the horrific murder of a child.

Director:

Arne Glimcher

Writers:

John Katzenbach (novel), Jeb Stuart (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Paul Armstrong
Laurence Fishburne ... Sheriff Tanny Brown
Kate Capshaw ... Laurie Prentiss Armstrong
Blair Underwood ... Bobby Earl
Ed Harris ... Blair Sullivan
Christopher Murray ... Detective T.J. Wilcox
Ruby Dee ... Evangeline
Scarlett Johansson ... Katie Armstrong
Daniel J. Travanti ... Warden
Ned Beatty ... McNair
Liz Torres ... Delores Rodriguez
Lynne Thigpen ... Ida Conklin
Taral Hicks ... Lena Brown
Victor Slezak ... Sgt. Rogers
Kevin McCarthy ... Phil Prentiss
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Storyline

Bobby Earl is facing the electric chair for the murder of a young girl. Eight years after the crime he calls in Paul Armstrong, a professor of law, to help prove his innocence. Armstrong quickly uncovers some overlooked evidence to present to the local police, but they aren't interested - Bobby was their killer. Written by Rob Hartill

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Buried deep in the Florida Everglades is a secret that can save an innocent man or let a killer kill again.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Causa justa See more »

Filming Locations:

Collier County, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,607,932, 19 February 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,853,222
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Norman Jewison was originally attached to direct. See more »

Goofs

During the chase sequence, when the Chevrolet Caprice crosses the open draw bridge, it lands on the other side at a significant downward angle. The car should either be destroyed or rendered virtually inoperative by the impact. The camera immediately cuts to show the car proceeding ahead undamaged. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bobby Earl: Hey, you want my money, you best start throwing some elbow into that, boy. A dollar fifty, that's two bits shy of a car wash.
Kid Washing Car #1: A dollar fifty *each*.
Bobby Earl: Oh man, now you must got me confused with some other idiot.
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Crying in the Chapel
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Performed by The Orioles
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There is one terrific performance
12 June 2004 | by MrPudgeSee all my reviews

The film is mediocre, but seeing Ed Harris' performance as a manipulative serial killer (I'm not giving anything away by telling you this) is worth the entire movie. Too often serial killers are played as geniuses--Jack in "The Profiler" or Kevin Spacey's character in "Seven"; Harris creates a malignant redneck monster that really will startle and chill you. No one goes from zero to sixty like Harris since George C. Scott left us; in this film he modulates his voice amazingly, sounding quietly venomous one moment and then thundering like a fire and brimstone Southern minister. In Connery's case, it's just bad casting: he plays an academic consulting lawyer (a la Dershowitz {sp?}) who combats Fishburne's menacing but canny Southern cop. Connery's other roles and the notion of him they have created in us make it impossible for him to play the effete lawyer that the script seems to call for.


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