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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
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Steve Shagan Steve Shagan
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An average movie

3 years, 2 months ago at Jul 1 21:42
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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 (15), Murder (12), Drama (11), Crime (9), Catholic (8), 1996 (8), Courtroom (8), Multiple Personality (7), Bishop (7), Lawyer (6), Church (6), Twist Ending (6), (5), Revenge (5), Mental Illness (5), Corruption (4), Richard Gere (4), Mystery (3), Scandal (3), Choir (3)
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" Excellent acted court-room drama-thriller that put Edward Norton on the map and give Richard Gere a good leading part for a change. It has an excellent supporting cast too. The story has become more and more believable after all the scandals that has been in the Catholic Church. It do take it time so it can grow on you. The production has a TV-movie of the week feel and could have needed more inventive direction at times. "


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