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Richard Gere Richard Gere
Martin Vail
Laura Linney Laura Linney
Janet Venable
John Mahoney John Mahoney
John Shaughnessy
Alfre Woodard Alfre Woodard
Judge Shoat
Frances McDormand Frances McDormand
Dr. Molly Arrington
Terry O Terry O'Quinn
Bud Yancy
Andre Braugher Andre Braugher
Tommy Goodman

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William Diehl William Diehl
Steve Shagan Steve Shagan
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An average movie

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Since I kept hearing some really good things about this flick, I was really eager to check it out and I had some rather high expectations. Indeed, at the time, Richard Gere was supposedly the big star in this flick but all the attention went to the fresh newcomer Edward Norton who blew everyone away with a really impressive performance. In the years following, he would show up in ‘American Histo... read more
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Courtroom thriller about a slick, hotshot lawyer (Richard Gere) who takes the seemingly unwinnable case of a young altar boy (Edward Norton) accused of murdering an eminent catholic priest.
Release date: 3 April 1996
UPC: 097363283270
Tags: Thriller (14), Murder (12), Drama (11), Courtroom (8), Catholic (8), Crime (8), Bishop (7), 1996 (7), Multiple Personality (7), Church (6), Lawyer (6), Mental Illness (5), Revenge (5), Twist Ending (5), (5), Corruption (4), Richard Gere (4), Choir (3), Mystery (3), Chicago (3)
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" Actually, as a courtroom drama, Primal Fear is just a so-so movie that gets pushed up a notch or two on the quality scale based almost exclusively on Edward Norton's stand-out debut performance. His switch on a dime acting, combined with his fresh unfamiliarity with the viewing audience is what primarily drives the twist ending of the plot's "proceedings", allowing the peripeteia* to achieve it's intended purpose of elemental surprise. * Yes, that is actually a word. Look it up."

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"First watched 7/5/2016 Thoughts: An entertaining courtroom thriller with a fantastic debut performance from Edward Norton that steals the show. "

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"Uusintakatselua. Richard Gere näyttää koiralta ja Edward Norton on vedossa. Ei muuta sanottavaa. "

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"March 31 "Why gamble with money when you can gamble with people's lives? That was a joke. All right, I'll tell you. I believe in the notion that people are innocent until proven guilty. I believe in that notion because I choose to believe in the basic goodness of people. I choose to believe that not all crimes are committed by bad people. And I try to understand that some very, very good people do some very bad things." It took me way too long to see this movie, but I finally did and it was "

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