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Pelican Brief (1993)

Director: Alan J. Pakula     Starring: Julia Roberts
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40000330
UPC: 085391298922
UPC 14: 00085391298922
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everyone else wants her dead.
Two supreme court justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative reporter wants her story. Everyone else wants her dead. She confides in gray grantham what she has written in a legal brief about a cover-up that extends to the highest levels of government.

"Fast moving...  Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Thrillers don't get any better than this.  James Langfield, The Movie Minute
"Enormous suspense...  Good MOrning America, ABC-TV
"A heart-stopping, spine-chilling, adrenaline-pumping, run-for-your-life thriller.  Pat Collins, WWOR-TV

Editor's Note
Julia Roberts (ERIN BROCKOVICH) stars in THE PELICAN BRIEF as sharp law student Darby Shaw whose querying mind gets her into trouble. A faithful adaptation of John Grisham's (THE FIRM) best-selling novel, this taut thriller follows the travails that beset Shaw when her theory on the cause of the deaths of two Supreme Court Justices lands her name on the conspirators' hit list. When Shaw teams up with reporter Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington--THE HURRICANE) they find themselves dodging deadly assassins in a suspenseful story that weaves complex narrative strands. The well-cast film also features a cameo by playwright-actor Sam Shepard (TRUE WEST).


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Ingram Micro
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/28/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 141 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1993
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 12989
Video UPC UPC: 00085391298922
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Denzel Washington
Video Cast Info Hume Cronyn
Video Cast Info James B. Sikking
Video Cast Info John Heard
Video Cast Info John Lithgow
Video Cast Info Julia Roberts
Video Cast Info Robert Culp
Video Cast Info Sam Shepard
Video Cast Info Stanley Tucci
Video Cast Info Tony Goldwyn
Video Cast Info William Atherton
Video Cast Info John Grisham - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Alan J. Pakula - Director
Video Cast Info Stephen Goldblatt - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info James Horner - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Alan J. Pakula - Producer
Video Cast Info Pieter Jan Brugge - Producer
Video Cast Info Alan J. Pakula - Screenplay
Plot Summary
In Alan J. Pakula's (KLUTE) thriller THE PELICAN BRIEF Julia Roberts plays Tulane University law student Darby Shaw. After the consecutive murders of two Supreme Court Justices, she becomes intrigued with the case and assembles a brief on her theory of who committed the murders. However, things start to get tricky when those who've read her brief turn up as corpses, which prompts her to enlist help from Washington Herald reporter Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington). Their further gathering of evidence to prove her hypothesis only results in moving their names up on the hit-list. Replete with cameo roles by high-profile actors such as playwright Sam Shepard (TRUE WEST) as the law professor with whom Shaw has an affair, this box office hit closely follows popular novelist John Grisham's (THE FIRM) best-selling book. The film's themes are in line with late director Pakula's abiding interest in conspiracy drama, a topic explored in many of his best films such as ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN and THE PARALLAX VIEW.

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...A celebration of liquid brown eyes and serious star quality....[Roberts and Washington] make the movie shine..." 12/17/1993 p.C1

"...A taut, intellectual thriller....Roberts is simply terrific....Washington also impresses..." 12/20/1993

Entertainment Weekly
"...Roberts returns from her time off with a newly confident grace....She's as luminous as a dream of a movie star. As for Washington, it's doubtful whether there's a smarter leading man working today..." 12/24/1993 p.38

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Roberts,Julia
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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