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Plot: Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a… Runtime: 127 min Release Date: 17 Oct 2003
This was a movie that wasn't over-hyped, filled with talented actors and kept you watching all the way through. My rating is maybe a little generous but at the time just after watching it was one of most enjoyable movies I have watched for a long time, and I watch a lot maybe too much ; Hackman was flawless as usual as an actor and once again maintained his great screen presence. Hoffman really portrayed the idealistic lawyer character well. Weisz played the female lead with the right mix of the strong and vulnerable. And Cusack, well I consider him an intelligent actor. He looked once <more>
again intelligent, thoughtful in his acting. The plot twists were not overdone but did offer some slight surprises which were hinted at along the way if you payed attention. Overall I'd recommend this movie to anyone, especially those who take their movies seriously.
Finally the gun manufacturers get their due (by geosits7)
This movie is one of my very favorite movies. The acting is excellent and the plot twists keep you guessing until the end! Furthermore, the subject matter is extremely important. With the US leading the world in gun deaths my own parents were murdered with a gun wielded by someone who should have never been legally allowed to own a gun , I applaud this movie as socially relevant to our times. So much so that it literally is a movie that makes me want to stand up and cheer even after several viewings! Deep and heartfelt thanks to all who worked on this film. Hollywood does occasionally come <more>
out with some important films and this is one of them.
Fleders film is a brilliantly directed picture depicting events based on a John Grisham novel. Although the story was changed considerably, the film did not lose its intrigue. With a great cast and a well written screenplay, Fleders film delivers on entertainment and content. The acting is first rate, my favorite performance came from Gene Hackman who played a great antagonist. Cusack was great although Hoffman was a bit wasted to me but nonetheless good. Guy Torry is a fantastic supporting actor and showed his good screen presence as he did in American History x. This film is entertaining, <more>
I must confess the main reason I adore this movie is because of Rachel Weisz, who is not only such a hottie in this film, but is absolutely perfect in her role as "Marlee". Oh, and John Cusack is very good as well. The plot is not straightforward and the twists keep this from degenerating into a formulaic trial movie. The tension builds steadily. Gene Hackman makes an excellent bad guy as the lawyer for the gun industry and there are several good supporting roles, especially that of Bruce Mc Gill, as the judge. The only black mark on the film is Dustin Hoffman, who is either badly <more>
miscast or else just can't act anymore. I have seen this movie at least 10 times and I enjoy it every time.
A pretty good movie with an excellent cast. (by traderdean56)
This movie is a favorite of mine. But, and I find it quite interesting, the BOOK is quite different from the Movie. Big Tobacco Book vs. The Gun Manufacturers Movie . Otherwise, I think the movie was done quite well. And they used the strong points to really accentuate the various differences between the two. Even the music I thought was done well. Using New Orleans instead of Biloxi, MS. was probably a good move to put the topic into the emotional thoughts of mainstream city dwellers. No offense meant to Biloxi residents either . Rachel Weisz made a good Marley, but the book always <more>
seemed to downplay her role ImHo . But, either way, this movie is a favorite of mine to watch.Gun's or Tobacco, no difference. I like the thoughts being portrayed of the large corporations and their impact on the people they target for profit.And despite the book and movie differing greatly in subject matter, I'm always a fan of John Grisham's novels. But .... isn't it odd that they used a Gun Company instead of keeping with the original Big Tobacco companies? Is that saying that the Big Tobacco people PAID a hefty sum to keep their own image out of the movie print? Hmm, just curious is all . How did the movie "The Insider" do it? Or were they just trying to not overlap the themes? Gun Control is probably another big topic, but the book, original plot was Tobacco.Anyway ...., thumbs up for this movie! I gave it a 9, only because the plot differed from the movie. Normally, such a variance would've been rated a 6 or 7, but the movie was well done. As always, in my humble opinion.The movie also made me really want to head on over to New Orleans and enjoy some of that fine fare they offer within that city. Louisiana Style!
Top notch fairy tale with good intentions (by Extinctive)
As unrealistic a fairy tale as this is, the acting, cinematography, action-scenes and tasteful score are flat-out superb! The message it beams out is a very warm one; Love and truth will conquer over gun-fights and lies, and money should not be the goal, but a tool to achieve good things at most. I found it sad and predictable to see those NRA people trying to put this movie down on weak far fetched arguments, even out here on IMDb they seem to get paid for it. Of course this story is opposing all war-mongering we know from real life, but that's not why this movie was made. It is meant to <more>
give us hope, entertain us, let us escape, and it does that extremely well. The last few minutes of the movie are the best icing on a cake I've seen in a long time. Hats off to everybody who worked on this movie.
Awesome Performances by Hackman, Cusack, Hoffman & Weisz. (by BigHardcoreRed)
Not since Primal Fear have I seen a court room thriller that was really good. Given the actors, I suppose you can't really go wrong. Usually I can find some actor or actress that wasn't very good, bothered me in some way or was flat out horrible. This movie featured superb acting by all those involved. Even Jeremy Piven who I can't help but picture as the Dean in Old School or his characters from PCU or Very Bad Things delivered a respectable performance, and very different from the other movies mentioned.Runaway Jury doesn't throw in a lot of needless plot twists and <more>
unexpected happenings just for the sake of throwing off or fooling the viewer. In fact, it pretty much goes in the direction you think it will, with only a couple of exceptions which are needed. I'm usually the type that likes my movies to get it all done in around 90 minutes or so. Seems to me that most movies that go over 2 hours have a lot of needless "filler" material for no real reason, which, more often than not, results in slow, dragging scenes in the movie or just a boring movie altogether. This particular movie clocked in at just over 2 hours and used every minute wisely. Nothing boring and nothing seemed to drag on forever. I found the beginning with the jury selection particularly interesting. I thought the whole concept of knowing how to get exactly who you want on your jury, even before they actually show up to jury duty, was a little mind blowing. After seeing those scenes, I knew it was going to be a great movie. I highly recommend this movie, especially if you enjoyed movies like Primal Fear, although this is a completely different movie with different kinds of surprises.Overall, Gene Hackman stole the show in this one and proves why he's been working in movies and television for over 40 years now. I give this 9 out of 10.
One of the better Grisham-adaptations (by rbverhoef)
'Runaway Jury' is one of the best movies based on a John Grisham novel. The best is still 'The Rainmaker', probably because Francis Ford Coppola was the director who could work with a perfect ensemble of actors. Other Grisham adaptations have had terrific ensembles as well. 'The Firm' 1993 starred Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Holly Hunter, 'A Time to Kill' did it with Samuel L. Jackson, Matthhew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey, Donald Dutherland, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris Cooper, Oliver Platt and Ashley Judd, and <more>
'The Rainmaker' had to do it with only Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Claire Danes, Jon Voight, Mickey Rourke, Mary Kay Place and Danny Glover.Now here is 'Runaway Jury', starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman in his third Grisham-movie , Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz, a courtroom thriller that has suspense, keeps our attention and knows how to surprise. The good thing is that the movie seems to have no real good guy or girl. Hackman is Rankin Fitch, a guy who spies on possible jurors to make sure he chooses the right jury for his employers. The way he does this make his the real bad guy. John Cusack is Nick Easter. He becomes a juror in a case that deals with guns and how their manufacturers are responsible for people getting killed. Fitch is on the side of the manufacturers, on the other side we have lawyer Wendell Rohr Dustin Hoffman . He represents a woman who wants to sue the gun-manufacturers because her husband was killed by one of their guns.At first the movie seems to be a courtroom drama but then we learn that juror Nick Easter has his own agenda. He wanted to be in that jury for something and his girlfriend Marlee Rachel Weisz has a lot to do with that. Nick and Marlee want to give the verdict to the person, Fitch or Rohr, who is willing to give them the highest amount of money. Fitch is interested right away but tries to prevent this in a lot of ways, Rohr slowly realizes that he has to make an offer as well since Marlee and Nick are able to show that they really own the jury. To tell you too much could spoil things for you, so this is enough for the plot.With real suspense this movie keeps our attention and makes us forget that at some times things are not very plausible. There were moments I could have asked questions but during the movie I was not thinking about them, only after it was finished I realized that certain events simply had to happen to keep the movie going. The way the movie just kept on going made sure we were not even able to think about possible flaws. It was interesting the entire time.Director Gary Fleder 'Kiss the Girls', 'Don't Say a Word' has made his best thriller to date with the help of a nice story and some terrific performances. Cusack is able to do almost anything, Hoffman and Hackman are always reliable actors and sexy Weisz is perfect as the mysterious Marlee. Completely different from 'The Rainmaker', but almost as good as that one.
Nice acting, smart screenplay make this sleek thriller quite enjoyable. (by shanfloyd)
I have read a few Grisham, but not this one. I must say, although the story is quite equipped with brilliant twists, it is basically a pretty idealistic story. But we do love this kind of idealism when it is used in such a smart fashion. I can't say about the quality of the book, but the film excels mainly because its brilliant screenplay and acting. Just look at the cast: Dustin Hoffman and John Cusack are awesome in their roles. And I just love to see Hackman playing the villain. The ravishingly beautiful Rachel Weisz only adds to the superiority of the whole cast's performances. <more>
The director, Fleder, proves that he is a stylish filmmaker when it comes to thrillers. And so we must also thank him for this film's perfection.