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The Pelican Brief / L'affaire pélican (Bilingual)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Nov. 3 2009
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Q4GITK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,990 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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PELICAN BRIEF, THE (DVD/BIL)

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Must flip the disc to the other side to complete the movie.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Da Hammer on March 15 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
You aren't going to like this - I ordered DVD from Amazon "Canada", you sent my order to BonnieScotland????????? who in turn sent me the DVD, which or course won't play on a Canadian machine because they are Region 2 which can only be played on a European or multi region player, and would I please return the DVD to them in Scotland!!!!!!!!!! I mailed it back to them, $6.95, hoping I would hear something positive from Amazon, but so far, just your request for me to RATE YOUR PURCHASE! I have paid for the original DVD, plus shipping plus taxes, and the return postage to Scotland, $6.95, and I still do not have The Pelican Brief???????????

Please contact me with either a complete refund of all my expenses, or a Canadian DVD and refund of my Scottish expenses. I think there is a bit to learn in your staff on sending these orders around the world!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Weik on Sept. 8 2010
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This is indeed a great movie to watch. Denzel is excellent, really started getting meaty, good roles about the time of this movie & of course Julia Roberts has her usual charm. Plot twists aplenty, John Heard very good. All in all a good way to spend an evening.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Duchess TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 17 2010
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It is based on the book by John Grisham. It is about Darby Shaw (Julia Roberts) a 24 year old law student who is having an affair with one of her professors Thomas Callahan (Sam Sheppard). Here she writes up an interesting theory about why two of the Supreme Court Justices wind up dead (one of whom was Callahan's mentor). However, when Callahan happens to share the 'pelican brief' with his buddy Gavin Verheek (John Heard), a lawyer for the FBI, both Callahan and Verheek wind up dead and Darby Shaw is constantly on the run from her assassin. When she goes into hiding, she tries to get help from Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington) who is also investigating the assassinations and tries to prove her theory of the 'pelican brief'. Here it gives a really good account as to how corrupt the judicial and political system can get.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Luster on Jan. 30 2003
Format: DVD
Great story by John Grisham and acting with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington. It will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat at least until you have to flip the DVD over to finish it. That's right they couldn't fit this on one side for some odd reason. At first I thought something was wrong with my DVD player or the DVD. Only when I took out the DVD and saw Side A and Side B did I realize. They could have at least put a message at the end of Side A for you to turn it over. Otherwise a great DVD. The chase to track down a story about a gangster that conributed to the Presidents campaign fund and how a legal brief ties it together is very well done. I would wait to buy it on DVD when they put Widescreen on one side and Standard on the other rather than have a Side A and B.
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Format: DVD
Author John Grisham has certainly had many of his best selling novels, adapted for the big screen, over the years. While I have only read A Time To Kill and The Chamber, I have seen, with very few exceptions, many of the film versions. One of the best of these movies is The Pelican Brief. From its all star cast, its sure handed director, and its exciting story, the film has it all. The problems of the movie are minor.
Law student Darby Shaw (Julia Roberts) gets more than she bargains for, when she postulates her theory on the cause of the deaths of two Supreme Court Justices. It seems that her ideas hit too close to home and her name ends up on the conspirators' hit list. Shaw is forced to team up with reporter Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington), who's also investigating the story, as well. Soon the pair find themselves dodging deadly assassins, trying to find the truth, and stay alive.
Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the film is, at times very exciting. The pairing of Washington and Roberts elevates the movie past your average thriller. They are dynamic on screen and Pakula had enough sense to surround the two leads with a great supporting cast. Tony Goldwyn, Robert Culp, Sam Shepard, the late great Hume Cronyn, and Stanley Tucci, are all solid here. The film's story never rests, even during its more sedate moments. Roberts offers Darby as a strong, yet velnerable, person--this is one of her most underrated performances. The film is not problem free--a nit pick for me has to do with the way most of the politicians are portrayed it's rather stereo typical-for the story's sake. I also had a problem with the score from James Horner-too much like his work on Sneakers.
The DVD loses points for its lack of any real extras on the disc. All you get are a few production notes--that's really it. What a shame. That said, The Pelican Brief is still a fun thriller, that's recommened
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I was excited about seeing this movie because I had read the book, which was pretty decent. I always like to read the book first, and then see the movie. This movie, however, does not do justice to the book.
First, the acting was very bad. Actually, it wasn't very bad, it was awful. I can't believe these other reviews that talk about how awesome the acting was from Roberts and Washington. Personally, I think Denzel Washington's acting is over-rated in every film he's ever made. The characters were just not believable. Secondly, there are several good parts from the book that are left out of the movie, or are not explained. For example, Victor Matiesse is not even seen in the movie. There is a very good scene in the book that adds a lot to the story about an agent visiting Matieese, and one of his goons stealthily kills the fibbie. That would have been great if it were included in the movie. The movie explains the killing of the justices in much more detail, and explains that they did not want the FBI protection; the movie portrays the FBI as a bunch of little schoolgirls. There are so many plot holes in the movie, that I can't see how anyone who hasn't read the book would understand what's going on. I really like Julia Roberts, but this is not one of her better films.
John Grisham has written a good novel, don't use this movie to base your opinion of his work. He writes very well though-out novels and develops the characters well, he also does a good job of explaining what is going on. This is just a very bad adapatation. I should have saved myself 2 and a half hours and picked up another Grisham novel.
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