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Runaway Jury (2003)

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A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.

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Gary Fleder

Writers:

John Grisham (novel), Brian Koppelman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Nicholas Easter
Gene Hackman ... Rankin Fitch
Dustin Hoffman ... Wendell Rohr
Rachel Weisz ... Marlee
Bruce Davison ... Durwood Cable
Bruce McGill ... Judge Harkin
Jeremy Piven ... Lawrence Green
Nick Searcy ... Doyle
Stanley Anderson ... Henry Jankle
Cliff Curtis ... Frank Herrera
Nestor Serrano ... Janovich
Leland Orser ... Lamb
Jennifer Beals ... Vanessa Lembeck
Gerry Bamman ... Herman Grimes
Joanna Going ... Celeste Wood
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Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Trials are too important to be decided by juries.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for violence, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

17 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,836,705, 19 October 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,443,628

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,154,140
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2.35 : 1
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The American Flag is on the wrong side of Judge Harkin, as it is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right, or the speaker's right and the audience's left, according to the United States Flag Code. See more »

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Rankin Fitch: Gentlemen, trials are too important to be left up to juries.
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Be Entertained... But Disappointed
30 September 2007 | by ReelCheeseSee all my reviews

John Grisham probably wasn't entirely happy with this adaptation of his intriguing novel, and chances are you won't, either. John Cusack stars as Nick Easter, a cunning young juror trying to bribe both the defense and the prosecution in a high-profile case against a gun manufacturer.

RUNAWAY JURY starts out quite strong, and those who haven't read the book are lured into the clever, original plot with all its turns. But some how, some way, the film gradually loses its footing. It's as if all the interesting twists are used up in the first hour, forcing the writers to pad the remainder with drawn-out scenes and contrived dialog (a scene where the simplistically pure Dustin Hoffman and the simplistically evil Gene Hackman meet in the men's room stands out in particular).

RUNAWAY JURY also commits a near unforgivable flaw for fictitious entertainment: it's too damn preachy. Once again, and in typical Hollywood fashion, guns and those who make them are portrayed as a type of grotesque venom stuck to the bottom of your shoe. Indeed viewers who believe criminals, not firearm makers, are responsible for gun crime, are treated as something of a parasite, best exemplified by a raving juror played a gruff Cliff Curtis.

In the end, RUNAWAY JURY is a film that is difficult to critique. It certainly has more right with it than wrong, but the negative aspects somehow disproportionately consume the final product. Some will absolutely love it, others may absolutely hate it, but most will probably be entertained yet disappointed at the same time.


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