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The Pelican Brief

PG-13| 2 hr. 21 min.

Plot Summary
Taut thriller about a young law student whose legal brief about the assassination of two Supreme Court justices causes her to be targeted by killers. She realizes just how accurate her accusations have been when her lover and mentor is murdered. Forced to go on the run in New Orleans, she is aided by a journalist who helps her unravel a conspiracy involving senior government figures.

Cast: Julia Roberts , Denzel Washington , Sam Shepard , John Heard , Tony Goldwyn , James B. Sikking , William Atherton , Robert Culp

Director: Alan J. Pakula

Genres: Thriller

The Pelican Brief (1993)

Release Date: December 31st, 1993|2 hr. 21 min.

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  • Until its dopey coda, the film never all-out stumbles, but always exudes Pakula's trademark chilliness. [17 Dec 1993 Pg. 01.D] show more

  • By casting attractive stars in the leads, by finding the right visual look, by underlining the action with brooding, ominously sad music, a good director can create the illusion of meaning even when nothing's there. show more

  • Grisham's characters are rudimentary, and both Roberts and Washington are stiff and over-earnest. show more

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