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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12
Cast
Julia Roberts
Denzel Washington
Sam Shepard
John Heard
Directors
Alan J Pakula
Screenwriters
John Grisham
Alan J Pakula
Running Time
141 minutes

The Pelican Brief
The second John Grisham thriller to become a movie sees Julia Roberts on the run


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Plot
After two Supreme Court judges are assassinated, bright young law student Darby, comes up with a conspiracy theory that is worringly accurate. Soon the government are after her and her mentor, Professor Thomas Callahan, breaking into houses and blowing up cars. Her only hope in exposing the truth and staying alive, lies in investigative reporter Gray Grantham.


Verdict
Much like Pakula's Presumed Innocent, this is a solid and intelligent, if unspectacular adaptation, and just a tad tighter than The Firm to give it the edge that's needed.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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