In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan.
Samuel L. Jackson
High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who has been living under a false name, is arrested by military police and placed on trial for the murder of villagers while he was in the Marines.
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
Jeremy Piven and Leland Orser previously costarred in the 1998 film Very Bad Things. They had no scenes together in this film. See more »
When Rankin Fitch meets the gun company guy who is shooting clay pigeons, near the end of the conversation, the gun company guy starts to put on his safety glasses and says "Pull" before he has time to shoot, but in the next shot, he is fully prepared, and hits the target in the air. See more »
[after anti-gun fanatic is dragged kicking and screaming from the courtroom during jury selection]
Well, I guess that's lunch...
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Good but a bit disappointing adaptation to the John Grisham thriller does not follow the book the way it should be, and lacks the momentum of the court proceedings that follow. The acting is first rate with Rachel Weisz and Gene Hackman being the standouts in a cast that includes Dustin Hoffman John Cusack, and Bruce Davidson. Weisz and Hackman's performances are of Oscar quality, despite the fact that the movie is not up to their caliber of acting. The setting is a little out of the way, and the pacing is a little off with scenes that go way to fast but the film is ultimately save by the acting by all involved, most of which is credited to Weisz and Hackman.
2 stars for Weisz and Hackman but don't expect anything close to the book.
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