Runaway Jury (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
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From master storyteller John Grisham and the director of Don't Say A Word comes a taut suspense-thriller that "grabs hold of you and never lets go" (Philadelphia Metro). In their first film together, screen legends Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman face off in this electrifying nail-biter about a ruthless jury consultant who'll do anything to win. With lives and millions of dollars at stake, the fixer plays a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a jury member (John Cusack) and a mysterious woman (Rachel Weisz) who offer to "deliver" the verdict to the highest bidder. Packed with danger, intrigue and pulse-pounding twists and turns, Runaway Jury rules!
Based on the bestseller by John Grisham, Runaway Jury is a slick thriller that's exciting enough to overcome the gaps in its plot. The ultimate target has been changed: Grisham's legal assault on the tobacco industry was switched to the hot-button issue of gun control (no doubt to avoid comparison to The Insider) in a riveting exposé of jury-tampering. Gene Hackman plays the ultra-cynical, utterly unscrupulous pawn of the gun-makers, using an expert staff and advanced electronics to hand-pick a New Orleans jury that will return a favorable verdict; Dustin Hoffman (making his first screen appearance with real-life former roommate Hackman) defends the grieving widow of a gun-shooting victim with idealistic zeal, while maverick juror John Cusack and accomplice Rachel Weisz play both ends against the middle in a personal quest to hold gun-makers accountable. It's riveting stuff, even when it's obvious that Grisham and director Gary Fleder have glossed over any details that would unravel the plot's intricate design. --Jeff Shannon
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Enter Ranklin Fitch (Gene Hackman), jury expert. Ranklin is well known for fixing juries and getting his clients the verdict they are paying him very well for. In fact, he has never lost a case. For Ranklin, laws were made to be broken. As soon as the jury summons are mailed out to citizens in the local area, all of them are studied, scrutinized and evaluated. Some are definites, in that they support the right to bear arms, others are bleeding heart liberals who no one wants on the jury. Still others are wild cards - like Nicholas Easter...
Nicholas Easter is your typical citizen who works, plays and sleeps, living his life in a normal fashion. He is upset when the jury summons comes, of course, but is willing to do his civic duty, albeit begrudgingly. At least that is the way he appears. When Nicholas is seated on the jury, it soon becomes apparent that there is something not quite right about him. And when the mysterious Marlee (Rachel Weisz) starts offering the jury to the highest bidder - Ranklin Fitch for the defense or Wendell Rohr (Dustin Hoffman) for the prosecution, Ranklin is stunned. He has never been bested at his own game and he isn't about to start now. Ranklin knows that Wendell is a straight arrow and will refuse to dabble in jury tampering, but Ranklin just wants to win - no matter what it takes...Read more ›
The fact it goes "morally conscious" at the end of the movie, didn't detract from the experience at all, no matter what I think about gun control. It wasn't ABOUT that, it was about the story, which was great to watch unfold.
Grisham's book used to tobacco industry as a backdrop and serves the story quite well. For some reason, some say because of the movie "The Insider," the movie's focus was changed to the gun industry and in my opinion does not service the movie as well but it's not a deal breaker for me. The direction by Gary Fleder keeps the action moving along at a fast pace and although the script has several holes/coincidences, the non-stop camera movement and strong performances will keep you interested in the outcome.
Gene Hackman steals the show playing the sleaziest and most capable jury consultant in the field. The resources this guy has at his disposal to me make the movie. The lawyers on both sides are almost secondary characters in the film as the focus is on how these consultants may ultimately be more important than the best lawyer. Although the marketing of this film went out of its way to highlight that this was the very first time that legends (and prior real-life roommates) Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman were sharing the screen for the very first time, with the exception of one scene, they don't get have a real act-off.Read more ›
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Fascinating in its intricacies and crafty manipulations. Very satisfying (to me) ending. On a general note, the Amazon service continues to excel.Published 3 days ago by Mitzi-Lynne Morgan
Terrific acting and story line. Have managed to watch it several times and have picked up "things" with each viewing. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ard Caldwell
I always wanted this movie in HD! A real mistery movie, unfortunately one can guess the final by the middle of the movie.Published on Jan. 8 2014 by Luis Guerra Chávez
Derivative thriller that not only does not stay close to the book but also lacks the insight to give a better show. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Tim Black
This movie is utter nonsense done by leftist actors who hate the 2nd ammendment more than the people who actually kill people. Read morePublished on July 14 2004