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At Theaters: 10/17/2003 On Video: 2/17/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 3 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419960
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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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.
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Suspense Thriller - This courtroom drama is aimed toward an adult audience. Although objectionable content is only moderate, children would not be interested.
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Cast and Crew Heading
John Cusack IDENTITY, SERENDIPITY, AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS
Gene Hackman THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, BEHIND ENEMY LINES, HEIST
Dustin Hoffman CONFIDENCE, MOONLIGHT MILE
Rachel Weisz CONFIDENCE, ABOUT A BOY, THE MUMMY RETURNS
Director: Gary Fleder IMPOSTOR, DON'T SAY A WORD
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
Hackman And Hoffman
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Content Heading
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.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full 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.''

Roger Ebert  Full 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 roles.''

USA TODAY  Full 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 Online  Full 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 Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 286 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
11
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
15
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
24
High
96%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
32
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
79
High
95%
30+Adults (F)
125
Very High
100%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

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.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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 come cheap.

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 process.

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