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Primal Fear
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Primal Fear 1995

From Amazon: Clever twists and a bona fide surprise ending make this an above-average courtroom thriller, tapping into the post-O.J. scrutiny of our legal system in the case of a hotshot Chicago defense attorney (Richard Gere) whose latest client is an altar boy (Edward Norton) accused of murdering a Catholic archbishop. The film uses its own manipulation to tell a story about manipulation, and when we finally discover who's been pulling the strings, the payoff is both convincing and pertinent to the ongoing debate over what constitutes truth in the American system of justice. Making an impressive screen debut that has since led to a stellar career,...

Directed By:
No image existsGregory Hoblit
Written By:
No image existsSteve Shagan
No image existsAnn Biderman
No image existsRichard Gere
No image existsLaura Linney
Edward NortonEdward Norton
No image existsJohn Mahoney
No image existsAlfre Woodard
Frances McDormandFrances McDormand
No image existsTerry O'Quinn
No image existsAndre Braugher
No image existsSteven Bauer
No image existsJoe Spano
No image existsTony Plana
No image existsStanley Anderson
No image existsMaura Tierney
No image existsJon Seda

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Primal Fear Movie Review by Movie Addict (7/9/2009)

I'm pretty certain I put this in my queue because someone recommended it to me. I can't remember who, but I am glad they did.

The theatrical debut of Edward Norton, who took most of the awards and nominations for this film, including an Academy Award nomination for his performance. He is the accused, the "Butcher Boy"...

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Primal Fear Movie Review by Jarrod (3/20/2008)

'Primal Fear' is one of the smartest and most involving legal thrillers I have ever seen. Its labyrinthine plot begins modestly with the gruesome murder of revered Chicago archbishop Richard Rushman (Stanley Anderson) in the bedroom of his private estate. Flamboyant lawyer Martin Vail (Richard Gere) lends his services...

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Primal Fear Movie Review by Jessica Film Junkie (3/6/2007)

Edward Norton was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal in this film of the altarboy, Aaron Stampler, accused of killing a priest that turns out to be not quite the pillar of society many has thought he was. Norton shows in this role why this film catapulted him to the kind of fame he now has and it also premieres...

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Primal Fear Movie Review by Zara (1/25/2007)

I remember seeing this movie in the theater and walking out feeling like I had been punched in the gut. It's not so much the story and it's not so much the lead star. It was the intense and surprising performance by the then-unknown Edward Norton. There really is no other great reason I am recommending this flick other...

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Primal Fear Movie Review by AJ (4/14/2006)

Edward Norton, at the time only 27 and in his first film role, manages to steal the show away from Richard Gere, who turns in an impressive performance as well. The film has an excellent cast besides (with the likes of Laura Linney, Frances McDormand, and Alfre Woodard), but it's Norton and Gere who will command most of...

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