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Encyclopedia > Primal Fear (film)
Primal Fear
Primal Fear film poster
Directed by Gregory Hoblit
Produced by Howard W. Koch Jr.
Written by William Diehl (novel)
Steve Shagan
Ann Biderman
Starring Richard Gere
Edward Norton
Laura Linney
John Mahoney
Alfre Woodard
Frances McDormand
Music by
Cinematography Michael Chapman
Editing by David Rosenbloom
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Released April 3, 1996
Running time 129 min.
Language English
Budget $30,000,000 (estimated)
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Primal Fear is a 1996 motion picture which tells a story of a defense attorney (Richard Gere) who defends an altar boy (Edward Norton) charged with the murder of a Catholic archbishop. Filled with twists and turns, this adaptation of William Diehl's novel boasts stellar performances that make this movie a memorable courtroom thriller. Norton was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his career-launching role. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (509x755, 83 KB)Primal Fear film poster File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Gregory Hoblit (b. ... William Diehl is an author of several bestselling fiction novels including Sharkys Machine and Chameleon. ... Richard Tiffany Gere (born August 31, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actor. ... Edward Norton Edward James Norton, Jr. ... Laura Linney Laura Linney Laura Linney (born February 5, 1964 in New York City) is an American actress. ... John Mahoney John Mahoney (born June 20, 1940) is a British-born actor best known for playing Martin Crane (Marty) in the popular TV show Frasier, as Kelsey Grammers character Dr. Frasier Cranes retired policeman father. ... Alfre Woodard (Born: November 8, 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American film and television actress and film producer. ... Promotional photo for The Man Who Wasnt There (2001) Frances McDormand (born June 23, 1957) is an award-winning American actress with film, stage, and television credits. ... The Paramount Pictures logo used since 2003. ... April 3 is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 272 days remaining. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1996. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Look up film in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Richard Tiffany Gere (born August 31, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actor. ... Edward Norton Edward James Norton, Jr. ... The eye is an adaptation. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...


The film also stars Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, and Frances McDormand. It was directed by Gregory Hoblit. Laura Linney Laura Linney Laura Linney (born February 5, 1964 in New York City) is an American actress. ... John Mahoney John Mahoney (born June 20, 1940) is a British-born actor best known for playing Martin Crane (Marty) in the popular TV show Frasier, as Kelsey Grammers character Dr. Frasier Cranes retired policeman father. ... Alfre Woodard (Born: November 8, 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American film and television actress and film producer. ... Promotional photo for The Man Who Wasnt There (2001) Frances McDormand (born June 23, 1957) is an award-winning American actress with film, stage, and television credits. ... Gregory Hoblit (b. ...


Plot

  • Tagline: Sooner or later a man who wears two faces forgets which one is real.

Martin Vail (Gere) is Chicago's most famous defense attorney, known for getting acquittals for the most unpopular defendants--and so jumps at the chance to represent Aaron Stampler (Norton), a young altar boy accused of murdering the city's sainted archbishop. At first only in it for the publicity, Vail actually begins to care about his emotionally damaged client when he uncovers some of the archbishop's (very) dirty secrets, involving sexual abuse and worse. When Stampler reveals his darker side, however, Vail finds himself facing a much more difficult case. It has been suggested that strapline be merged into this article or section. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Aaron Stampler is the villain of William Diehls 1993 novel Primal Fear and its two sequels, Show of Evil (1995) and Reign in Hell (1997). ... Sexual abuse is a relative cultural term used to describe sexual relations and behavior between two or more parties which are considered criminally and/or morally offensive. ...


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Primal Fear (1996) FILM SCAN --[ EDITING ROOM ] SCENE 360 (1422 words)
However, the plot is innovative; the film moves at a quicker pace and is more cohesive as a whole than Hoblit's previous projects, and its stars (James Caviezel as the son and Dennis Quaid as the father) are well-suited to their roles.
It is no surprise that today this film is often referred to as a "Norton movie." In this aspect, "Primal Fear" is a rare treat, as it offers a glimpse of the moment when an aspiring actor becomes an institution.
In "Primal Fear," he is helpless, pleading for his life, and claiming to have flouts.
Film Reviews by Scott Tobias: Primal Fear, Faithful, What Happened Was... (1265 words)
The new courtroom drama, Primal Fear, is one of those frustrating movies that spin on a single twist, a moment so shocking it changes the meaning of every scene before it.
Instead, Primal Fear is ruled by the cliches of the standard courtroom potboiler, grinding its way towards a payoff that negates everything preceding it.
The entire film takes place in one apartment, as Jackie (Karen Sillas) enjoys a homecourt advantage over Michael (Noonan), both of whom are underlings at a large law firm in the city.
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