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Runaway Jury (Widescreen)

John Cusack , Rachel Weisz , Gary Fleder    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
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Runaway Jury (Widescreen) + John Grisham's The Rainmaker: Special Collector's Edition / L'Idéaliste : Édition spéciale de collection (Bilingual) + The Chamber (Widescreen)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Other reviewers watched a different movie? July 13 2004
By Blammo
Not sure what movie the other reviewers watched, but both my SO and I enjoyed this movie immenensely. Well acted, well directed, and well executed.
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.
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Although this movie is by no means a masterpiece (3+ stars, rounded up to 4), you'll find yourself engaged almost from the onset and this feeling lasts almost all the way through the movie. In a nutshell, this movie is an adaptation of a book written by the prolific John Grisham. In this case, the story centers how far several stakeholders in a tragedy caused by a gun will go to secure a verdict. The main focus is on jury consultants and makes a compelling case that the presentation of the facts and even the facts themselves may be MUCH less important than securing a jury which may be predisposed to vote in a particular fashion no matter what.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful film despite implausability July 1 2004
This film is another legal thriller based on A Grisham novel. It is full of plot twists and turns, related to the premise of Jury manipulation that is carried out in a highly unrealistic manner. That is the most significant flaw in this movie - that the whole scenario just couldn't happen, as anyone who has ever been called for jury duty would recognize. That said, the story is captivating and you can't tell where the plot is leading until the end unless you've read the novel. John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel Weisz lead a stellar cast in a story that plays on empathy for victims of gun violence. In my opinion, that is another flaw in the movie: that it caters to anti-gun interests by portraying a gun manufacturer as greedy, irresponsible, and callous. It seems a bit sad that someone would become so obsessed with seeking "justice" after the shooting of someone close to them that they would plot for years to hijack a jury to punish a gun manufacturer. In the context of the Runaway Jury story the manufacturer deserves consequences for their business practices, while in real life guns are often a focus of misplaced blame for social violence. Regardless of its flaws, this movie is well-executed and suspenseful, another solid cinematic presentation of a Grishman legal thriller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars rounds up to 4.... June 30 2004
Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman appear together for the first time, and their big scene together is terrific. Rachel Weisz and John Cusack are also quite good. It would be wonderful if the chief creative mind behind this project had been named "Scorcese" or "Coppola" instead of "Grisham". That is NOT to imply that Grisham is not a talented writer of courtroom dramas. It is meant to say that this story is a little weak and the climax is not particularly compelling.
We are asked to believe that for enough money expert jury-riggers can be hired to guarantee the outcome of a particular trial. Is there a lot of call for such people?
Gene Hackman plays this expert jury-tamperer, and he makes a character who is difficult for me to imagine in real life pretty believable. Dustin Hoffman portrays the honest attorney for the other side, and although Mr. Hoffman is one of our greatest living actors, his believability as a Louisiana Lawyer isn't complete.
John Cusack takes another step towards eventually attaining the stature of Hoffman and Hackman in the role of the jury member who has his OWN agenda on this trial, and Rachel Weisz is his accomplice. Some of the more entertaining scenes are the ones where Cusack demonstrates to those who are *watching* that he has his own ability to manipulate the jury.
The movie is like cinematic cotton candy - it tastes good while it's in your mouth, but it disappears quickly.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well acted propaganda piece June 7 2004
By Dana
I rented this DVD without knowing much about it except it had some of the best actors in movies in it. They came through with outstanding acting that made the movie have some "redeeming social value" as the saying goes. It tried hard to throw in some action to keep the audience from being bored by formula gun-control propaganda. Although these action scenes offer something by themselves, they can't prop up what is basically a politically motivated project. Rachel Weisz steals the show with her talent. She is becoming quite the action star besides being a great dramatic actress. As far as the characters, there is just too much going on that would never connect in reality to keep the movie believable. Everyone in the movie is breaking or bending the law. The ending with Cusak and Weisz' characters watching a playground of children as if what they have done in any way would serve those children leaves credulity completely behind! I am glad I rented instead of bought it. After you watch this movie for the fine acting, do some factual research on the main issue presented in the movie to find out how they got it wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent Product, delivered as promised
Published 3 days ago by jo
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
very good dvd
Published 2 months ago by Claude Couillard
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not bad for an old flic.
Published 2 months ago by texas
4.0 out of 5 stars I always wanted this movie in HD!
I always wanted this movie in HD! A real mistery movie, unfortunately one can guess the final by the middle of the movie.
Published 8 months ago by Luis Guerra Chávez
2.0 out of 5 stars The strong performance of Rachel Weisz is the only plus here
Derivative thriller that not only does not stay close to the book but also lacks the insight to give a better show. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Tim Black
1.0 out of 5 stars Anti-gun propoganda
This movie is utter nonsense done by leftist actors who hate the 2nd ammendment more than the people who actually kill people. Read more
Published on July 14 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Weisz, Hackman and Hoffman are great but the film is not.
Lackluster adaptation to the John Grisham novel has only the acting to save it for total disaster with great performances by Rachel Weisz, Gene Hackman, and Dustin Hoffman but they... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by David Lupin
2.0 out of 5 stars The actors deserve better than this, as we all do.
Bleak film that rather sweep the subject of guns under the rug, and skirt the issues that are raised. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by Brenda Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars Thanks to Rachel Weisz and Gene Hackman, this film is ok.
John Grisham should be livid over the way they took his book and basically lobotomize his book and literally killed it with a stupid screenplay that really should have been a... Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Phil Dante
2.0 out of 5 stars Not A Very Good Thriller
Runaway Jury seemed from the trailers to be a nail-biting thriller with huge caliber acting talent. Although John Cusack, Gene Hackman, and Dustin Hoffman turn in great... Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by L. Mintah
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