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A Civil Action

Theatrical Poster
Directed by Steven Zaillian
Produced by Scott Rudin
Steven Zaillian
David Wisnievi
Robert Redford
Rachel Pfeffer
David McGiffert
Henry J. Golas
Written by Novel: Jonathan Harr (based on a true story)
Screenplay: Steven Zaillian
Starring John Travolta
Robert Duvall
Tony Shalhoub
William H. Macy
Kathleen Quinlan
Bruce Norris
John Lithgow
Bob Venturini
Stephen Fry
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Conrad L. Hall
Editing by Wayne Wahrman
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures (USA)
Paramount Pictures (non-USA)
Release date(s) 25 December 1998 (USA)
Running time 125 minutes
Language English
Budget $60,000,000 (estimated)
IMDb profile

A Civil Action is a 1998 film, starring John Travolta (as plaintiff's attorney Jan Schlichtmann) and Robert Duvall, based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr. Both the book and the film are based on the real-life case of Anderson v. Cryovac that took place in Woburn, Massachusetts in the 1980s. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (509x755, 65 KB) This image is of a movie poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... Steven Zaillian (born on 30 January 1953 in Fresno, California, USA) is an American screenwriter, film director, editor and producer, of Armenian descent. ... Scott Rudin (born July 14, 1958) is an American motion picture producer known not only for his award-winning films, but also for his legendary temper. ... Steven Zaillian (born on 30 January 1953 in Fresno, California, USA) is an American screenwriter, film director, editor and producer, of Armenian descent. ... Robert Redford (born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. ... Jonathan Harr is best known as the author of A Civil Action and The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece. ... Steven Zaillian (born on 30 January 1953 in Fresno, California, USA) is an American screenwriter, film director, editor and producer, of Armenian descent. ... John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, dancer, and singer. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award and four-time Golden Globe winning American film actor and director. ... Tony Shalhoub (born October 9, 1953) is a three-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe-winning American television and film actor. ... William Hall Macy Jr. ... Kathleen Denise Quinlan (born November 19, 1954) is an Oscar nominated American actress, mostly seen on television and in motion pictures. ... Bruce Norris (February 19, 1924 – January 1, 1986) was owner of the Detroit Red Wings from 1955 to 1982, and was also chairman of the National Hockey Leagues Board of Governors. ... John Arthur Lithgow (IPA: [ˈʤɔn ˈlɪθɡaʊ]) (born October 19, 1945) is an American actor perhaps best-known for his starring role as Dick Solomon in the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. ... Bob Venturini, Host and Producer of An Hour with Bob and Bobs Big Adventures Bob Venturini is a Rhode Island television show host, presenting An Hour with Bob and Bobs Big Adventures. ... Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English comedian, writer, actor, novelist, filmmaker, journalist and television personality. ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician who led the rock band Oingo Boingo as singer / songwriter from 1976 until its breakup in 1995, and has composed film scores extensively since 1985s Pee-wees Big Adventure. ... Conrad L. Hall (June 21, 1926 - January 4, 2003) was a top-billed Hollywood cinematographer. ... Sometimes Credited as Wayne P. Wahrman / Wayne R. Wahrman [1] (As Editor) Some of his well known films include: Charlies Angels (2000),The Time Machine (2002), Charlies Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Constantine (2005), All the Kings Men (2006)[2] ... Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films in its early years) is one of several alternate film labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, dancer, and singer. ... Jan R. Schlichtmann (born 1951) is a Boston attorney specializing in personal injury law and toxic torts. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award and four-time Golden Globe winning American film actor and director. ... Jonathan Harr is best known as the author of A Civil Action and The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece. ... Anderson v. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...


The real life case at the heart of the book and film is Anne Anderson, et al., v. Cryovac, Inc., et al.. The first reported decision in the case is at 96 F.R.D. 431 (denial of defendants' motion to dismiss). The United States Reports, the official reporter of the Supreme Court of the United States Law reports or reporters are series of books which contain judicial opinions from a selection of cases that have been decided by the courts. ...

Contents

Plot

Jan Schlichtman is a personal injury lawyer over matched by corporate toxic tort litigations in a federal court action, who is in charge of a lawsuit against the companies thought to have been the reason the water is polluted. The so called pollutant is "trichloroethylene". He allows his pride to override reason throughout which leads to the destruction of his firm.


Music

The music score was written by Danny Elfman. Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician who led the rock band Oingo Boingo as singer / songwriter from 1976 until its breakup in 1995, and has composed film scores extensively since 1985s Pee-wees Big Adventure. ...


Other songs include:

  • "There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder"
  • "Hard Workin' Man" (featured on the opening credits)
    • Written by Jack Nitzsche, Ry Cooder, Paul Schrader
    • Performed by Captain Beefheart
    • Courtesy of MCA Records; under license from Universal Music Special Markets
  • "Little Drummer Boy"
  • "Take Me To The River"
    • Written by Al Green and Mabon Hodges
    • Performed by Talking Heads
    • Courtesy of Sire Records Company, by arrangement with Warner Special Products and licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
  • "Theme From A Summer Place"

The Brian Setzer Orchestra is a swing band formed in 1990 by Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer. ... Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet on January 15, 1941, in Glendale, California, USA) is a musician and visual artist, best known by the pseudonym Captain Beefheart. ... The Little Drummer Boy is a popular Christmas song, with words and music by Katherine K. Davis. ... The Vienna Boys Choir The Vienna Boys Choir (German: Wiener Sängerknaben) is a choir of boy sopranos based in Vienna, Austria. ... The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is one of the major orchestras of the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the singer. ... Talking Heads were an American rock band existing between 1974 and 1991, composed of David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. ... A Summer Place is the title of a 1958 novel by author Sloan Wilson, who also wrote The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. ... Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner (born May 10, 1888 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary; died December 28, 1971 in Hollywood, California) was an Austrian-American composer of music for theater production shows and films. ...

Certification

  • MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some strong language (certificate #36309)
  • Iceland:L
  • Argentina:13
  • Australia:M (original rating)/Australia:PG (TV rating)
  • Chile:14
  • Finland:K-12
  • France:U
  • Germany:12 (w)
  • Norway:7
  • Peru:14
  • Portugal:M/12
  • Spain:T
  • Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) /Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud)
  • UK:15
  • Singapore:PG

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Awards

Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award and four-time Golden Globe winning American film actor and director. ... ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ... Blockbuster can refer to: Block Buster firework Illegal firecracker Blockbuster Fireworks, a chain of firework stands located in the Los Angeles area. ... John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, dancer, and singer. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award and four-time Golden Globe winning American film actor and director. ... The Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) is organization of film reviewers from Boston, Massachusetts, United States, based publications. ... William Hall Macy Jr. ... Pleasantville may refer to: Pleasantville, Iowa, USA Pleasantville, New Jersey, USA Pleasantville, New York, USA Pleasantville, Ohio. ... Psycho is a 1998 film remake of the Alfred Hitchcock 1960 version produced and directed by Gus Van Sant for Universal Pictures. ... Billy Bob Thornton[1] (born August 4, 1955) is an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, actor, as well as occasional director, playwright and singer. ... For other uses, see A Simple Plan (disambiguation). ... The Chicago Film Critics Association is an American film critic association. ... The Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC) is an organization of film reviewers from Florida-based publications. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award and four-time Golden Globe winning American film actor and director. ... The Political Film Society is a nonprofit corporation that exists to recognize Hollywood films ability to raise awareness in political matters in the world. ... The Satellite Awards are an annual award given by the International Press Academy. ... The Screen Actors Guild (S.A.G.) is the labor union representing over 120,000 film actors in the United States. ... The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan located in the center of University of Southern California campus. ... Steven Zaillian (born on 30 January 1953 in Fresno, California, USA) is an American screenwriter, film director, editor and producer, of Armenian descent. ... The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ...

See also

Anderson v. ... The Beatrice Foods Company was a major American food processing company and household name, until it was taken over by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. ... W. R. Grace and Company NYSE: GRA is a conglomerate founded in 1854 by William Russell Grace (1832-1904). ... The chemical compound trichloroethylene is a chlorinated hydrocarbon commonly used as an industrial solvent. ...

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A lawsuit is a civil action brought before a court in which the party commencing the action, the plaintiff, seeks a legal remedy.
Civil procedure is additionally constrained/informed by separate statutory laws, case law, and constitutional provisions that define the rights of the parties to a lawsuit (see especially due process), though the rules will generally reflect this legal context on their face.
In medieval times, both "action" and "suit" had the approximate meaning of some kind of legal proceeding, but an action terminated when a judgment was rendered, while a suit also included the execution of the judgment.
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