• The Pelican Brief (1993)

The Pelican Brief

Release Date: December 31st, 1993

DVD Release Date: June 25th, 1997

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

Production Co: Warner Bros.

Keywords: Mystery, Murder, 1990s, Pursuit, Suspenseful

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    TV Guide Magazine

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

  • 50
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

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

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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