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Richard Jewell (2019)

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American security guard Richard Jewell saves thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but is vilified by journalists and the press who falsely reported that he was a terrorist.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Billy Ray, Marie Brenner (article) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Walter Hauser ... Richard Jewell
Sam Rockwell ... Watson Bryant
Brandon Stanley ... Student
Ryan Boz ... Student
Charles Green ... Dr. W. Ray Cleere
Olivia Wilde ... Kathy Scruggs
Mike Pniewski ... Brandon Walker
Jon Hamm ... Tom Shaw
Ian Gomez ... Dan Bennet
Nina Arianda ... Nadya Light
Kathy Bates ... Bobi Jewell
Ronnie Allen Ronnie Allen ... Kenny Rogers Impersonator
David Lengel ... Cameraman
Beth Keener ... Pregnant Woman
Grant Roberts ... Will Jones - APD
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American security guard Richard Jewell saves thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but is vilified by journalists and the press who falsely reported that he was a terrorist.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Based on the true story of the 1996 Atlanta Bombing. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references, and brief bloody images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

One of the movie's source material is "The Suspect," a book co-authored by Kent Alexander (then U.S. attorney for the northern district of Georgia) and Kevin Salwen (an Atlanta-based editor for the Wall Street Journal in the 1990s). Reporter Kathy Scruggs never disclosed the name of her source, but the authors of the book did. According to "The Suspect," lead FBI agent Don Johnson fed the leak to the reporter. In the movie, the lead FBI agent is given the fictitious name Tom Shaw. See more »

Goofs

When the FBI agents are returning the property to Mrs. Jewell, the agents set the boxes down and turn the corner to the kitchen to appear to leave. However, this is an apartment with another apartment next door. The FBI agents would have walked into the kitchen or the pantry instead of exiting the apartment. The pantry closet is seen in other shots of the kitchen. There is only one way in and out of this apartment. See more »

Quotes

Watson Bryant: I'm sorry the world has gone insane.
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Connections

Referenced in Superstore: Zephra Cares (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

I Reached The Stars
Written and Performed by Arturo Sandoval
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Get this man Paul Walter Hauser a Best Actor nom PRONTO
14 December 2019 | by TheCasualReviewerSee all my reviews

It's amazing stories like these that I wish we got more of. I'm sure there are many more like this one that would be great for film as an avenue for people to learn about.

SYNOPSIS: During the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, aspiring police officer Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser) is working as security while he stumbles across a bag carrying a bomb. While law enforcement and the media praised him as a "hero" at first, the FBI begins to aggressively investigate the life of Richard Jewell as he becomes their number one suspect.

DIRECTION: Clint Eastwood is great. I love him as a director and as an actor in most things I've seen with him, although I struggle to feel he did something no other Director could do. I'm really glad he chose this this story to put out to the world and whether it's purposeful or not, adding his name to this project will bring this story to more people. I don't want to give him too hard of a time though, because this isn't a film meant to focus around the direction. The story/writing of this film is the focal point and he still did a very good job getting it done. To add one negative I took away, there was a moment where an interview with the real Richard Jewell played on the television as his house and it through me off a bit.

WRITING: The writing in this film was very good. It is based on a true story, so the story itself is largely what captured my attention. However, there are many movies based on or inspired by true stories where the writing couldn't really capture the heart of it and that is where the beauty of the writing lies. It's always hard to know exactly how everything went down and so whether this film is very accurate or mildly accurate, I'm glad they really focused on Richard Jewell and how it affected him and his family and how he was a real trooper through this whole process. There were a couple flaws that I did find with this film. There seemed to be some arc they were going for with Olivia Wilde's character that didn't really come to a close. Then with Tom Shaw (Jon Hamm) and Watson Bryant (Sam Rockwell), although their characters didn't have an arc to really be made with them, both of their parts ended quite abruptly. They were both vital to the story and the film didn't show me nor tell me anything about how either of those two continued after the fact. Well, there was a little info given about something Watson did, but nothing to do with Richard Jewell or his law firm that he had started (not a spoiler, was nothing integral to the story).

ACTING: The acting is so good in this film. I can't say it's Hamm's best nor does Wilde really get a chance to fulfill the arc of her character due to the writing, but none-the-less great actors. Then you have Kathy Bates and holy crap does she deserve a Best Supporting nom. All I hear is "of course she's great, she's Kathy Bates)... AND? I'm sorry I didn't know that when you're consistently great that you should be penalized for it or receive any less attention. I get we come to expect it, but then what's the incentive to give your all if you'll just be tossed to the side, because of your positive reputation. That's totally backwards to me. Then Nina Arianda who played Nadya was awesome! She didn't have many scenes, but her back and forth with Sam Rockwell was hilarious and wonderful. Now, lets get to Paul Walter Hauser. Wow. I'm sorry, but this man is neck-and-neck with Adam Driver for me. He has not even been nominated for a Golden Globe or SAG Award? Did they even watch the film? I mean Sam Rockwell was great in this film too, but he's another one of those "yea, but he's too good to nominate. Wouldn't be fare." Paul Walter Hauser shows so much emotion and is SO good at being a man who is holding in his anger, because he respects law enforcement too much. Then in the scenes where he breaks are just tremendous. I will be sorely disappointed if he is not nominated this year.

CONCLUSION: Richard Jewell is a great story about one of American's greatest heroes who probably didn't get enough praise for the job that he did. The story itself and Paul Walter Hauser was enough for me to really enjoy this film, unfortunately there were some flaws with the story with some of the characters and some of the writing. In the end, I would definitely recommend this film for anyone to watch. Richard Jewell is the nicest man I have never met and this is just another story to show that doesn't matter how kind and genuine you are, you'll always have someone try to tear you down.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,705,265, 15 December 2019

Gross USA:

$22,345,542

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,297,524
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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