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The Pelican Brief (1993) Movie Information

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Alan J. Pakula


Julia Roberts
Denzel Washington
Sam Shepard
John Heard
Tony Goldwyn
William Atherton





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A law student and her professor, with whom she is having an affair with, discover a conspiracy on the killings of two supreme court justices. -- sapien

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Yojimbo 06/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Yet another dreary John Grisham legal thriller featuring a particularly uncharismatic Denzel Washington on autopilot and Julia Roberts running around corridors for reasons it's difficult to care about.

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donkeyknight 05/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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meh. Nothing new, just the same thriller elements tossed around. Here's what I wish for: An original presidential character rather than just a one-dimensional caricature of clinton or a bush

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sapien 03/07/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I didn't really like this movie very much. I can remember thinking that both Roberts and Washington could've picked a better movie to star in.

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Chris Kavan 11/18/2007 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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A decent Grisham adaptation. The supporting cast almost steals the thunder from the big name leads. There's a good plot, but like many legal thrillers, it often times doesn't move along smooth or quickly enough.

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06/25/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Too Many Empty Scenes

I somewhat liked the film overall but there were so many empty scenes where nothing much happens. As a result, it detracts from the thrill and fascination, thereby focusing on unnecessary details. At the same time, what I liked about the film is the way Julia Roberts would wear her heart on her sleeves. She played her character with a mixture of sadness and bravado, which made me root for her that much more. I was quite impressed with the way she showed fear when she was being chased because the shadows made her shine instead of dimming her. Denzel Washington is a nice addition to the cast. It was interesting seeing him because he's a lot younger here. Although I must say that his acting is not as refined. Plot-wise, it didn't really work for me because I was lost when it came to who's wh...

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