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Primal Fear (1996)

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Guilty? Innocent? Those questions aren't for high-powered Chicago attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere) to decide. His job is to defend - especially if a case will put his name in the headlines and further his career. When Vail hears that a penniless altar … View More
Genres Drama, Suspense
Director Gregory Hoblit
Starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney View More
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Movie Summary

Guilty? Innocent? Those questions aren't for high-powered Chicago attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere) to decide. His job is to defend - especially if a case will put his name in the headlines and further his career. When Vail hears that a penniless altar boy (Edward Norton) is accused of murdering the local archbishop, he snaps up the case, eager for the media spotlight. Little does he know that it will uncover a viper's nest of corruption, pit him against a prosecutor (Laura Linney) who's his ex-lover, and test all his skill, judgment and even his win-at-any-cost attitude.
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Movie Details

Genres Drama, Suspense
Director Gregory Hoblit
Starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney, Frances McDormand, Alfre Woodard, Terry O'Quinn, Andre Braugher, Steven Bauer
Studio Name Paramount Pictures
Release Date 1996
VUDU Release Date 10/17/2007
Rating About Ratings
Running Time 130 minutes
Language English
Audio Tracks SD/Enhanced Widescreen, Dolby Digital

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Rated 3 out of 5★by 2reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5★by Rented it online I dont have a rental account with anyone and I had to watch this movie for a class that I was taking and write a 3 page report on it. I didnt like that it kept buffering throughout the movie in standard video format. I can view HD movies on my laptop but this seem to drag on with the buffering. I wanted to rewatch it so that I have my facts straight for my paper but it would not let me view it again. I watched it right after I rented it and I thought at lease they would give me 24hrs to view it as many times as I wanted to but I guess not. But that is the only other downfall about this other than the buffering throughout the movie. 10/12/2012
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