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Encyclopedia > The Runaway Jury
The Runaway Jury novel cover
The Runaway Jury novel cover

The Runaway Jury is a legal thriller novel written by American author John Grisham. The hardcover first edition was published by Doubleday Books in 1996 (ISBN 0385472943). Pearson ESL released the paperback edition in 2001 (ISBN 058243405X). The novel was published again in 2003 to coincide with the release of Runaway Jury, a movie adaptation of the novel. The third printing (ISBN 0440221471) bears a movie-themed cover, in place of the covers used on the first and second printings. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (809x1190, 134 KB) Summary Photo of cover of The Runaway Jury taken 12/30/05. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (809x1190, 134 KB) Summary Photo of cover of The Runaway Jury taken 12/30/05. ... The legal thriller is a sub-genre of the detective story in which the major characters are lawyers and their employees. ... John Grisham (born February 8, 1955) is a former politician, retired attorney, American novelist and author best known for his works of modern legal drama. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Tagline: Trials are too important to be decided by juries.

Contents


Plot

Widow Celeste Wood is suing a major tobacco company for sending her husband to an early grave. Many lawsuits have been brought to bear against the tobacco companies over the years, and all of them ended in victories for the defense. Wood's case could either break open the dam, unleashing a flood of claims against the tobacco companies, or it could seal the tobacco case for decades to come.


It is in this backdrop that fictional Biloxi, Mississippi resident Nicholas Easter enters the county courthouse to become potential juror number 56. His background will be carefully scrutinized by both sides of the case; including one Rankin Fitch, jury consultant for the defense. Fitch specializes in manufacturing jury verdicts by whatever means necessary, legal or otherwise. He came through for the defense on all of their previous victories; now he faces his greatest challenge yet. Biloxi and Mississippi coast Biloxi is a city located in Harrison County, Mississippi. ...


The novel vs. the film

Runaway Jury DVD cover
Runaway Jury DVD cover

The film adaptation of The Runaway Jury, which drops the "The" and is simply titled Runaway Jury, makes one big departure from the book. Grisham's novel pits the plaintiff, Celeste Wood, against a large, fictional tobacco company on the grounds that the company's cigarettes sent her husband to a premature death. The scriptwriters substitute a major firearms manufacturer for the tobacco company and firearms for the cigarettes because the recent film The Insider had been about tobacco companies. Image File history File links The cover art for the Runaway Jury DVD. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links The cover art for the Runaway Jury DVD. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Insider is a 1999 film which tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand. ...


Other significant changes from the book include the circumstances surrounding the husband's death, an increased role for the plaintiff's attorney (and thus for Dustin Hoffman), and more angelic motives on the part of the protagonists


Trivia

  • One of the replacement jurors is a young, "alternative"-looking woman named Lydia Deetz. This is possible in homage to the character of Lydia Deetz from the movie (and tv show) Beetlejuice.

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List of characters

  • Nick Easter (John Cusack) - protagonist; juror and manager of an electronics store in the mall. Easter is also the man on the inside, working with girlfriend Marlee to get the verdict for the case.
  • Rankin Fitch (Gene Hackman) - jury consultant for the defense; a hard nosed man who will never lose a verdict, often through ruthless tactics like blackmail and bullying.
  • Wendell Rohr (Dustin Hoffman) - plaintiff's attorney and a crusader for gun control rights.
  • Durwood Cable (Bruce Davison) - defense attorney
  • Celeste Wood (Joanna Going) - widower; plaintiff
  • Marlee (Rachel Weisz) - protagonist's partner working on the outside as a direct contact to both Fitch and Rohr. Like Easter, she has ulterior motives that have yet to be revealed.
  • Herman Grimes (Gerry Bamman) - jury foreman
  • Judge Harkin (Bruce McGill) - judge

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Film credits

  • Director - Gary Fleder
  • Screenwriters - Brian Koppleman, David Levien, Rick Cleveland, Matthew Chapman

External links

Preceded by:
The Rainmaker
John Grisham Novels
1993
Succeeded by:
The Partner
John Grisham's novels (as of 2005)

1980s: A Time to Kill
1990s: The FirmThe Pelican BriefThe ClientThe ChamberThe RainmakerThe Runaway JuryThe PartnerThe Street LawyerThe Testament
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  Results from FactBites:
 
The Runaway Jury - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (655 words)
The Runaway Jury is a legal/suspense novel written by American author John Grisham.
The novel was published again in 2003 to coincide with the release of Runaway Jury, a movie adaptation of the novel.
The film adaptation of The Runaway Jury, which drops the "The" and is simply titled Runaway Jury, makes one small departure from the book.
Bookreporter.com - THE RUNAWAY JURY by John Grisham (922 words)
A jury is selected in Mississippi to hear the case of a widow whose husband died of lung cancer.
On this jury are all manner of average citizens, except that one juror, Nicholas, a law school dropout, has managed to penetrate county records, get a fictitious name added to the jury roll, and then have that non-person be selected to hear the case.
A less prominent theme in THE RUNAWAY JURY but one which nonetheless plays a major role in any big trial is the influence of the media; a community saturated by one-sided publicity about a trial is unlikely to yield a fair and impartial Jury.
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