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Format: DVD
Sku: 206428036
UPC: 786936758368
UPC 14: 00786936758368
Category Keywords: True Story
2-Movie Collection.
A Civil Action: Jan Schlichtmann (John Travolta) is a cynical, high-priced personal injury attorney who only takes big-money cases he can safely settle out of court. Though his latest case at first appears straightforward, Schlichtmann soon becomes entangled in an epic legal where he's willing to put his career, reputation, and all that he owns on the line for the rights of his clients! Also featuring Robert Duvall, William H. Macy, and John Lithgow -- this gripping, widely acclaimed hit delivers edge-of-your-seat entertainment!

The Insider: The Insider recounts the chain of events that pitted an ordinary man against the tobacco industry and dragged two people into the fight of their lives. Academy Award-winner Al Pacino (1990 Best Actor, Scent of a Woman; The Recruit) gives a powerful performance as veteran 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman and Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe (2000 Best Actor, Gladiator; A Beautiful Mind) co-stars as the ultimate insider, former tobacco executive Dr. Jeffrey Wigand. When Wigand is fired by his employer -- one of the largest tobacco companies in America -- he agrees to become a paid consultant for a story Bergman is working on regarding alleged unethical practices within the tobacco industry. But what begins as a temporary alliance leads to a lengthy battle for both men to save their reputations, and much, much more. As they soon find out, Corporate America will use all legal means at its disposal to save a billion-dollar-a-year habit. And as the corporate giants soon find out, Bergman and Wigand are honorable men, driven to smoke out the evidence. Also starring Christopher Plummer (Malcolm X) as anchor Mike Wallace and Gina Gershon (Face/Off), The Insider will chill you with its cold, hard edge -- and thrill you with its unbelievable twists and turns.

"[Insider] ...Crowe is fantastic to watch.  Desson Howe, The Washington Post
"[Insider] Pacino is at his intense best.  James Berardinelli's ReelViews
"[Civil] A gripping film!  The New York Times
"[Civil] The best legal thriller ever!  USA Today

Editor's Note
This double feature of legal thrillers involves high-stakes lawsuits against major corporations. A CIVIL ACTION stars Travolta as a high-powered lawyer who risks everything in order to make a polluting corporation repay a group of sick families. THE INSIDER tells the story of tobacco executive Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) who tries to tell his inside story to "60 Minutes" and has his life ruined as a result. See individual titles for complete synopsis information.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/11/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 272 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 5673903
Video UPC UPC: 00786936758368
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Al Pacino
Video Cast Info Christopher Plummer
Video Cast Info John Lithgow
Video Cast Info John Travolta
Video Cast Info Philip Baker Hall
Video Cast Info Robert Duvall
Video Cast Info Russell Crowe
Video Cast Info William H. Macy
Video Cast Info Michael Mann - [Insider] Director
Video Cast Info Steven Zaillian - [Civil] Director


Nominee (2000)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, The Insider, Best Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Oscar, Russell Crowe, Best Actor in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Dante Spinotti, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name Oscar, Michael Mann, Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, William Goldenberg, et. al., Best Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Michael Mann, Pieter Jan Brugge, Best Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, Andy Nelson, et. al., Best Sound
   Video Award Name Oscar, Eric Roth, Michael Mann, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Nominee (1999)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Robert Duvall, [Civil] Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, Robert Duvall, [Civil] Best Actor in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Conrad L. Hall, [Civil] Best Cinematography

Winner (1999)
   Video Award Name Screen Actors Guild, Robert Duvall, [Civil] Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Professional Reviews

ReelViews 8 of 10
[Civil] Unlike many courtroom dramas, which are grim and filled with dark tragedies and triumphant revelations, A Civil Action doesn't take itself too seriously, nor does it rely on the crutch of inane action sequences. There's plenty of comedy in the script. In fact, one could argue that both Facher and Gordon are included as much for comic relief as for more serious purposes. The other interesting element is that Zaillian offers some atypical insights into the workings of the legal system. We learn that, when it comes to personal injury suits, the goal is to reach an out-of-court settlement (only 1.5% of such cases reach a verdict, and the result is 2:1 against the plaintiff), because, in a court of law, the litigants are "lucky to find anything... that resembles the truth." A Civil Action does not function as an attack against lawyers, but as a hard, bitterly humorous look at the realities of the legal system. It's not nearly as good as 1997's The Sweet Hereafter, which trailblazed its way through similar territory with extraordinary and heartbreaking aptitude (Ian Holm's portrayal of a personal injury lawyer in that film leaves John Travolta in the dust). Nevertheless, combining a few good performances with an engaging and intelligent script, A Civil Action marks a rare worthwhile entry into a genre that has worn out its welcome. - James Berardinelli

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