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The Pelican Brief [1993] (1 disc)

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Director:Alan J. Pakula
Writer:Alan J. Pakula
Composer:James Horner
Length:141 minutes
(2 hours 21 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Crime
IMDB Rating:6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:52%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger.


Reaction: Very deliberate. Very quiet. Lots of talking. The story is okay, but it really takes a while to move from A to B at times.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
Alan J. Pakula => Director / Writer
James Horner => Composer
John Grisham => Original Book
Anthony Heald => Marty Velmano
Casey Biggs => Eric East
Cynthia Nixon => Alice Stark
Denzel Washington => Gray Grantham
Edwin Newman => Himself
Hume Cronyn => Justice Rosenberg
Jake Weber => Garcia / Curtis Morgan
James Sikking => FBI Director Denton Voyles (as James B. Sikking)
John Finn => Matthew Barr
John Heard => Gavin Vereek
John Lithgow => Smith Keen
Julia Roberts => Darby Shaw
Nicholas Woodeson => Stump
Robert Culp => President
Sam Shepard => Thomas Callahan
Sandra Quarterman => Laura Kass (as Saundra Quarterman)
Scott Michael Jefferson => Lt. Olsen
Stanley Anderson => Edwin Sneller
Stanley Tucci => Khamel
Tony Goldwyn => Fletcher Coal
William Atherton => Bob Gminski

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The rights to The Pelican Brief were bought before the book was even written, John Grisham had written a sample from the book and the rights were bought on the spot.
  • John Grisham wrote the part of Darby Shaw with Julia Roberts in mind. Roberts read the book once it was finished and agreed to the role without even seeing a script.
  • F. Denton Voyles is the FBI Director in most of John Grisham's books, when the FBI plays a part. He Voyles also appeared in the John Grisham adaptation The Firm, in which he was played by [?] Steven Hill.
  • Although the Tulane Law School has moved to a new building since this film was released, the room where Julia Roberts and Sam Shepard meet for class early in the movie is still a classroom: Jones Hall Rm. 102.
  • The President questions Cole's idea of addressing the nation while wearing a cardigan sweater; this is based on a real-life incident in which then-president [?] Jimmy Carter addressed the nation in a cardigan during the height of the fuel shortages in the 1970s.
  • Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington) and Smith Keen (John Lithgow) secretly meet at the home of George and Martha Washington at Mount Vernon, VA. Denzel Washington was born in Mount Vernon, NY.
  • To research his role as reporter Gray Grantham, Denzel Washington spent time with Washington Post editors and reporters.
  • For the scenes inside the White House, the sets created for Dave were used.
  • The two main stars, Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, do not appear on screen together until an hour and 5 minutes into the movie.
  • Victor Mattiece, the main villain, never appears in the film.