The Pelican Brief

The Pelican Brief

DVD - 1997
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Two Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everyone else wants her dead.

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iloveseaotters
May 24, 2019

This is one of my favorite John Grisham "movies", and I liked it way before I even read the book. Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington have great chemistry as the leads in this fast-paced film that reveals more and more clues as it unfolds. It's very well written and it wasn't until after I had seen it a bunch of times that I knew why it differed so much from the book. If the lead character had been white, instead of black, I can bet you that they would have kept it truer to the book. I won't give away anything. Just watch the movie and see for yourself; then if you're really curious, read the book as well. You'll be surprised at the differences.

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alicat1
Mar 05, 2019

Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington deliver a thrilling adaptation of Grisham's work.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 13, 2019

"You can't handle the brief!" "It's. . .the pelicans!" Not actual lines in the movie. Sorry, I feel asleep for a second while writing about this. The second of the great Grisham boom of the 1990s, a decade I'll always think of as the decade of the legal thriller. Long and sluggish, "The Pelican Brief" is one of the weakest in the Grisham film canon. Did director Alan J. Pakula, who directed far superior political thrillers like "All the President's Men," tell Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington to have zero chemistry? There is a huge supporting cast, which is kinda fun. Clearly they set it up for a sequel that never happened, "The Pelican Brief 2: Night of the Pelicans." Came out the same year as "The Firm."

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mr_chocolate
Mar 02, 2018

I watched this years ago and it still sticks in my mind as a very good film. Great acting by Danzel and Julia. Well worth the time to watch.

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GabyGg
Mar 01, 2018

I love this movie.

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Onewhoissaved
Jan 16, 2018

The Pelican Brief, 1993, cost $45 million to make and brought in $195.3 million: a pretty damn good return that gave all of its stars booster rockets for anything they wanted next to pursue. Denzel Washington was perfectly cast as the reporter putting his life on the line. Julia Roberts was good as the law student who seems to be running for her life from the opening scene. Fortunatley she is kept in line by a good script and a good director. The movie itself fits with a world that loves conspiracy theory and the thought that everyone with money and connections just has to be 'dirty'. The President is being charged with obstruction of justice by asking people to step back from investigating the powerful figure running the oil industry. Where have we heard about claims of obstruction of justice in our world? But John Grisham writes drama and promotes conspiracy wherever he turns his attention to. Remember, this is only a movie.

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voisjoe1_0
Jun 06, 2017

This political thriller starring Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts has similarities to the excellent "Parallax View" and "Three Days of the Condor." All involve state secrets and investigators whose lives are in danger because there are those in the highest seats of government that are desperately attempting to kill them. All three films star some of Hollywood's best and most serious actors with a great balance of action and character development.

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swyckl
May 01, 2017

I only give this DVD 3 stars out of 5 stars. This DVD had no sex scenes. It is not good for a young audience. It has some violence. The script is strong. The the story held together with the quality of the actors. The story seemed plausible. I like the way it talked about the environmental issue.

johnf108 Jun 14, 2014

See if you can guess who Kamel (sp) the hired killer was without looking at the credits.
The actor later suffered from the same problem [though much less so] that Orsen Wells and William Shatner did.

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akirakato
Sep 30, 2013

This is a 1993 legal crime thriller based on the novel of the same name by John Grisham.
It stars Julia Roberts in the role of young law student Darby Shaw and Denzel Washington as Washington Herald reporter Gray Grantham---two big names.
The author of the novel is also such a big name.
The DVD cover says, "A heart-stopping, spine-chilling, adrenaline-pumping, run-for-your-life thriller."
So, naturally, I was prepared for the heart-stopping moments, but alas! Within the first thirty minutes, no spine-chilling, run-for-my-life events occurred.
I was so bored that I simply quit watching.

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