The Pelican Brief Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 4397

Average Rating: 2.6/4

# of Ratings: 145

Theatrical Release Date: 12/17/1993

Language: English

Genre: Thriller, Drama

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Alan J. Pakula

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

Plot: 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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Rating of
2.5/4

Indyfreak - wrote on 11/01/2017

A good movie that is drawn out for an extra thirty, forty minutes. So that it winds up being okay. It's not the best of the 1990s thrillers based off a John Grisham book. Denzel Washington and Juila Roberts are fine together.

Rating of
1.5/4

Yojimbo - wrote on 06/05/2012

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.

Rating of
1.5/4

donkeyknight - wrote on 05/03/2011

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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Rating of
2/4

Too Many Empty Scenes

Franz Patrick - wrote on 06/25/2008

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 …

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