Civil Action/Insider

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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 battle...one 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.

Specifications

Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 206428036
UPC 786936758368
UPC 14 00786936758368
Format DVD
Release Date 6/15/2015
Keywords
True Story
Editors Note
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.
Directors
Michael Mann
Steven Zaillian
Actors
Robert Duvall
Stephen Fry
Christopher Plummer
Russell Crowe
Cast & Crew
Al Pacino - [Insider] Actor
Christopher Plummer - [Insider] Actor
John Lithgow - [Civil] Actor
John Travolta - [Civil] Actor
Michael Mann - [Insider] Director
Philip Baker Hall - [Insider] Actor
Robert Duvall - [Civil] Actor
Russell Crowe - [Insider] Actor
Steven Zaillian - [Civil] Director
William H. Macy - [Civil] Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
Catalog ID 5673903
UPC 00786936758368
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 272 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Awards
Nominee (2000) Golden Globe, The Insider, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Oscar, Russell Crowe, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Dante Spinotti, Best Cinematography,Oscar, Michael Mann, Best Director,Oscar, William Goldenberg, et. al., Best Editing,Oscar, Michael Mann, Pieter Jan Brugge, Best Picture,Oscar, Andy Nelson, et. al., Best Sound,Oscar, Eric Roth, Michael Mann, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Nominee (1999) Golden Globe, Robert Duvall, [Civil] Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Oscar, Robert Duvall, [Civil] Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Conrad L. Hall, [Civil] Best Cinematography
Winner (1999) Screen Actors Guild, Robert Duvall, [Civil] Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review [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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Desson Howe, The Washington Post [Insider] ...Crowe is fantastic to watch.
James Berardinelli's ReelViews [Insider] Pacino is at his intense best.
The New York Times [Civil] A gripping film!
USA Today [Civil] The best legal thriller ever!

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