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Primal Fear [DVD] [Canadian]

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  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Powerful, media-hungry Chicago defense attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere) gets in over his head when he takes the case of an altar boy (Edward Norton making his film debut) accused of murdering an archbishop. His opponent for the prosecution is his former protege and lover Janet Venable (Laura Linney), who's out to make this her watershed case. A suspenseful courtroom with a truly unexpected ending, this drama is based on the novel by William Diehl.
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  • Credits
    Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, Frances McDormand, Andre Braugher, Maura Tierney
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Gere's showy yet mature performance holds the movie together....PRIMAL is the most riveting courtroom drama since 1982's THE VERDICT..." -- Rating: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Taut thriller....[Norton gives a] hypnotic performance..."
    Premiere

    "...Richard Gere gives a focused performance..."
    USA Today

    "...Well-crafted....Linney is excellent....Hoblit's direction is ultra-attentive to story points..."
    Variety

    "...[Gere] shows what an interesting actor he can be. PRIMAL FEAR contains some of his best work..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "The plot is as good as crime procedurals get, but the movie is really better than its plot because of the three-dimensional characters."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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