Primal Fear (1996)
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as Martin Vail
as Aaron Stampler
as Janet Venable
as Judge Miriam Shoat
as John Shaughnessy
as Dr Molly Arrington, Dr. Molly Arrington
as Joey Pinero
as Capt. Abel Stenner, Kapitan Abel Stenner
as Arcybiskup Richard Rushman, Rushman
as Sekretarka Vaila, Vail's Secretary
as Prezenterka WLS, WLS Anchor
as Prezenterka WLS, WLS Anchor
as Reporter WLS, WLS Location Reporter
as Prezenterka WBBM, WBBM Anchor
as Prezenter WBBM, WBBM Anchor
as WBBM Location Reporter, Reporter WBBM
as Reporter WBBM, WBBM Location Reporter
as Prezenter WGN, WGN Anchor
as WGN Anchor, Prezenter WGN
as WGN Location Reporter, Reporterka WGN
as Reporter WGN, WGN Location Reporter
as Postman, Listonosz
as Ch?opak, Young Boy
as Sergeant, Sier?ant
as Precinct Jailer, Stra?nik wi?zienny
as Cop, Gliniarz
as Barman, Bartender
as Bailiff, Wo?ny s?dowy
as Old Man, Starzec
as Court Clerk, Urz?dnik s?dowy
as Duty Officer, Oficer celny
as Arresting Cop, Policjant dokonuj?cy aresztowania
as Stenographer, Stenotypistka
as Prison Guard, Stra?nik wi?zienny
Critic Reviews for Primal Fear
The plot is as good as crime procedurals get, but the movie is really better than its plot because of the three-dimensional characters.
As a forum for its actors and for the big-screen directorial debut of multi-Emmy winner Gregory Hoblit, the film is up to the job.
A tense psychological thriller rich with shadowy menace and a sense of confidence that allows the impressive cast to shine.
It's part trial procedural but mostly the suspenseful unraveling of testimony and the realization of lies.
The part of the script that's dialogue instead of plot is quite snappy. So I believed in this sordid story... for a while.
Audience Reviews for Primal Fear
Best romantic comedy I've seen in years. Richard Gere does it again.
Primal Fear is a well crafted court room drama thriller that is very well directed by underrated Gregory Hoblit. I really love his movies and Primal Fear is taut, thrilling edge of your seat movie that will keep you guessing from start to finish. The film boasts a great cast of talented actor who light up the screen and each actor brings something unique to the film. The film is notable for being the screen debut of Edward Norton who just steals the show among veteran actors like Richard Gere and Laura Linney. The film at times does have a few weak points, but with a great cast at hand that just light up the screen, it is hard to notice the film's imperfections. Edward Norton, like I said is simply wonderful in his part and he delivers a phenomenal first performance in his role of Aaron Stampler, a teen accused of killing a popular archbishop. The film is engaging from the first frame onwards and it is skillfully executed to keep you entertained. Primal Fear is one of the best court room thrillers that I have seen, and it is a film that is directed by a director that deserves much more praise than he gets. If you love thrillers that will keep you on the edge till the very end, Primal Fear is one such movie. This is a chilling piece of work that is brilliantly constructed and has a smart plot with all the necessary ingredients to make it a standout film and a memorable one that you soon won't forget. The film showcased Edward Norton's talents and it was clear that by seeing him in this early role, he would become a talented actor that would deliver terrific and engaging performances.
One detriment of the film is its mainstream formula. It needlessly adds the romance of Gere and Linney, which is both frivolous and unrealistic. I'm not sure which audience was being catered for with their wholly unlikely association with each other. Though hampered by Hollywood's depiction of a courtroom, Primal Fear is a twisting, entertaining thriller with Edward Norton's performance being the key to its success.
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