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Primal Fear
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Directed By
Gregory Hoblit

Written By:
Steve Shagan, Ann Biderman

Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, Frances McDormand, Terry O'Quinn, Andre Braugher, Steven Bauer, Joe Spano, Tony Plana, Stanley Anderson, Maura Tierney, Jon Seda

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Primal Fear (1995)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
July 9th, 2009

Favorite Movie Quote: "If you want justice, go to a wh*rehouse. If you wanna get f*cked, go to court."

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" that allegedly killed the Archbishop.

But, it is not just Norton that shine. Richard Gere gives what is probably his best performance as a defense attorney that chases the sensational cases.

Sure, it's a police procedural, but it is so much more because of some great performances. In addition to the two mentioned, there is Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, Frances McDormand, and Andre Braugher. A super cast! The surprises that come out will have you riveted to the screen. They are amazing! Boy, did Martin (Gere) set up the DA (Linney). You shouldn't do that when you are lovers outside the courtroom, but he'll smooth it over.

But,...oh, well, you'll have to see for yourself.

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Jul 11, 2009 1:49 AM
also wrote a review of Primal Fear
This is a secretly awesome movie because up until you get to the Ed Norton part (which earned him that Oscar nod 110%), you don't realize just how badly they f*cked with you, thus making it brilliant in that "DAMN, you GOT me!" way.
Movie Addict
Jul 11, 2009 5:37 PM
He was outstanding!

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