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A high-priced and ruthless jury "consultant" will stop at nothing to secure a verdict on an explosive trial. With lives and millions of dollars at stake, the fixer wages a deadly battle with a jury member, a mysterious woman and an honest lawyer.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 11 S-words, 1 GD, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: A shooting; one violent fight scene. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, and pill use. ACTION: One fight scene, one foot chase. COMEDY: None.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Above Average "It's probably a given that the less finicky you are
about thrillers, the more you will enjoy what Runaway Jury has to offer.
The film has its share of high points, but the flaws are frustratingly obvious
and impossible to overlook.''
Review Good "The movie hums along with a kind of sublime craftsmanship,
fueled by the consistent performances of Hackman and Hoffman (in their first
film together), the remarkable ease of John Cusack (the most relaxed and natural
of actors since Robert Mitchum), and the juicy typecasting in the supporting
Review Average "Runaway Jury is only slightly more slick and
slightly less edgy than past John Grisham adaptations. But you know that
homogenization has become a factor when Gene Hackman, also of The Firm
and The Chamber, has been chosen to star in this film as well.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Average "The screenplay is based on one of John Grisham's
best-selling novels, but surprisingly little of the film actually takes place in
the courtroom — which, in a way, is exactly the point. Nevertheless, it's a
clever legal thriller, one that thankfully doesn't twist itself into knots
trying to keep audiences off guard.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
The graph clearly shows that most everyone enjoyed Runaway Jury very much. Over three-quarters of the opinions were "Very Good" or higher, which is great.
The ladies actually enjoyed it more than the guys. Fewer of them rated it "Good" or lower. The minimal action is likely the reason. So guys, if you demand lots of action you may be a little disappointed.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.
When a young widow in New Orleans
brings a civil suit against the powerful corporate consortium she holds
responsible for her husband's murder, she sets in motion a multi-million
dollar case. But it's a suit that may be won even before it begins – based
solely on the selection, manipulation and, ultimately, the attempted
"theft" of the jury.
Representing the widow is Wendall Rohr
(Dustin Hoffman), a courtly Southern lawyer with a moral center and a heartfelt
passion for the case he's presenting. His opponent is ostensibly the attorney
representing the corporation. But in reality, defense counsel is only the front
man for Rankin Fitch (Gene Hackman), a brilliant and ruthless jury consultant.
At a high tech command center set up in
an old French Quarter warehouse, Fitch and his team work on the surveillance and
assessment of potential jurors. He will know everything about their lives, and
strategically manipulate the jury selection process. The only acceptable result
is the perfect jury to vote in favor of his client.
Fitch and Rohr soon realize they're
not the only ones out to win the jury. One of the jurors, Nick Easter (John
Cusack), seems to have his own plan for swaying the panel. And a mysterious
woman known only as Marlee (Rachel Weisz) contacts both Rohr and Fitch telling
them the jury's for sale to either of them – and that the verdict won't
While the case is argued in court, a
dangerous cat and mouse game begins to play out in New Orleans' French
Quarter. Rohr's morality put to the test, and Fitch is poised to cross the
line from selecting a jury to stealing it – no matter who gets hurt in the