• A Civil Action (1998)

A Civil Action

Release Date: December 23rd, 1998

DVD Release Date: July 13th, 1999

PG-13 |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

In this legal thriller based on a true story, John Travolta stars as Jan Schlichtmann, a tenacious personal-injury attorney whose fierce determination entangles him in a case that threatens to destroy him. The case -- which appears straight forward -- instead evolves into a labyrinthine lawsuit of vast dimensions, in the intelligent, fast-paced drama, "A Civil Action."

Cast: John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Tony Shalhoub, William H. Macy, Zeljko Ivanek, Bruce Norris, John Lithgow, Kathleen Quinlan

Director: Steven Zaillian

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises, Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Buena Vista Pictures

Keywords: Death, 1990s, Rivalry, Pursuit, Survival, Suspenseful

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    In place of the tension, climax and easy resolution of the old "Perry Mason'' show, A Civil Action offers murkiness, bitter successes and frustration. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Civil Action is like John Grisham for grownups. show more

  • 75
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    This is Hollywood expertise and Hollywood civic idealism at high levels. show more

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Nominated Cinematography
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role