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R| 2 hr. 9 min.

Plot Summary
Defense attorney Martin Vail takes on jobs for money and prestige rather than any sense of the greater good. His latest case involves an altar boy, accused of brutally murdering the archbishop of Chicago. Vail finds himself up against his ex-pupil and ex-lover, but as the case progresses and the Church's dark secrets are revealed, Vail finds that what appeared a simple case takes on a darker, more dangerous aspect.

Cast: Richard Gere , Laura Linney , Edward Norton , John Mahoney , Alfre Woodard , Frances McDormand , Terry O'Quinn , Andre Braugher

Director: Gregory Hoblit

Genres: Crime drama, Thriller

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Primal Fear (1996)

Release Date: April 3rd, 1996|2 hr. 9 min.

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  • May 01, 2014 michaelfboudreau
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    This movie gets better as the years go by. Edward Norton is fantastic, Richard Gere plays the arrogant attorney great, Laura Linney is underrated as a very good American actress, and other great supporter cast members. The only reason for not giving it five stars is that the book is even better.

  • September 06, 2011 Peggy
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    I saw this movie in an entirely different view.......the movie though done in 1996 is a \"made for TV\" drama.....You also did not give any credit to Edward Norton, without whom the whole movie would be be as you described.....Richard Gere,though is good as a suave, handsome \"Pretty Man\" ,is not an actor that can embody a different personality. He has the same expressions and looks as he did in \"Pretty Woman\" and \"Officer and A Gentleman\".

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