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Just Cause [1995] [DVD]

Sean Connery , Laurence Fishburne , Arne Glimcher    DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Capshaw, Blair Underwood, Ed Harris
  • Directors: Arne Glimcher
  • Writers: Jeb Stuart, John Katzenbach, Peter Stone
  • Producers: Arne Glimcher, Anna Reinhardt, Gary Foster, Lee Rich
  • Format: Anamorphic, Full Screen, Import, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic, Romanian, Bulgarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: Italian, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VYML
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,078 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Just Cause is a film that relies on phony plot twists and steals openly from any other thriller that it can remember. If there was a drinking game requiring players to drink during every cinematic "homage", you'd be tanked after its first 45 minutes. Take one case of racial injustice, place it in an exotic, exquisitely photographed location (the Florida Everglades), and bring in an outsider, played by a bankable star, to save the day. Make sure nothing appears as it seems. Add a couple of plot twists, some over-the-top character actors (Ed Harris, shamelessly riffing on Hannibal Lecter), stir, and serve. The big name in this case is Sean Connery, who plays a Harvard law professor summoned to the swamps by an apparently innocent death row inmate (Blair Underwood), who swears he didn't rape and kill that 11-year-old girl. He says he confessed because maverick psycho-cop Tanny Brown (Laurence Fishburne) made him play a solo game of Russian roulette. He says his Serial-killer neighbour on death row (Harris) committed the crime. Connery buys it, the audience buys it, and how could they not? Director Arne Glimcher (who made the lacklustre Mambo Kings) coerces everyone with simplistic plot manipulations. Characters are given no depth, and the actors are pawns moved about like pieces on a Cluedo gameboard. -- Dave McCoy,


Some mystery thrillers keep the mind racing. Some keep the heart hammering. Just Cause does both so powerfully it's "the best thriller since The Silence of the Lambs" (Susan Granger, CRN/American Movie Classics). Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne, Ed Harris and more top talents ignite the fast-paced nerve-jangler that pumps the adrenaline full throttle and works the gray matter overtime. Connery plays Paul Armstrong, a Harvard Law School professor who reopens a murder investigation on behalf of a Death Row inmate (Blair Underwood) who claims he was forced by a sinister lawman (Fishburne) to confess to a crime he didn't commit. On the surface, it seems to be a straight-ahead case of the prisoner's guilt or innocence. But nothing really lies on the surface of this mystery set in the Florida swamplands. Expect the unexpected. And also expect "a riveting, action-packed thriller! Brimming with suspense." (Neil Rosen, NY-1 News/New York).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining film 7 Dec 2008
By ant
I'm not particularly easy to please when it comes to films, and not a particular Sean Connery fan, but I enjoyed this film. It's a murder mystery with a couple of fairly original twists. I read one review which said if you watch it again you start to see all the holes in the plot, but surely if you need a second viewing to find faults, they can't be all that serious.
Having said all that, although it was entertaining, I doubt I would get any more enjoyment out of watching it again, so I'll probably never get to find those plot holes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Another lost cause for Connery 28 Jan 2008
Just Cause is one of those films that at first makes you wonder quite why it was so heavily slated when it came out - nothing special but competent enough and with an excellent supporting performance from Ed Harris. Then you hit the last third and everything starts to get increasingly silly until you've got a killer with a flashlight strapped to his forehead threatening to fillet Sean Connery's wife (a typically mannered and unconvincing Kate Capshaw) and kid (a very young Scarlet Johannsen) in an alligator skinner's shack. The kind of movie that's probably best seen on a plane, and even then only once.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Best avoided 14 Jan 2003
I'm afraid - for I'm a fan of Sean Connery - that this film is disappointingly shallow. There's very little character development, and I certainly found I cared very little what happened to Mr Connery's character, or any of the rest. There is an unpleasant execution scene, which seemed gratuitous, and there appears to be some sort of political agenda poking through.
The plot is clumsy, with lots of "unexpected" twists. When everything is set up for a happy ending and all the loose ends tied up, but only 45 minutes into the film, it's not difficult to predict a major upset on the way.
The film manages to project some of the run-down, seedy ordinariness of small-town Florida, but that's not much of a consolation.
And there are no extras worth mentioning on the DVD. Avoid.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Just Cause! 6 July 2011
Good little thriller, you'll enjoy this. Overall from acting to suspence.Its all good.Worth a watch.Both James Bond and Morphious both show that they can play other roles out there.this film doest hold back and i didnt see what was coming throughout felt satisfied;but wasnt amazed. Rent it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars My backsides a guitar... 10 Nov 2013
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Bobby Earl is facing the electric chair for the murder of a young girl.

Eight years after the crime he calls in Paul Armstrong, a professor of law, to help prove his innocence.

Armstrong quickly uncovers some overlooked evidence to present to the local police, but they aren't interested - Bobby was their killer......

Its strange to think that Connery had very few films left in him when this was released, there were a few prolific ones, The Rock, LXG, Entrapment, but it's really strange that he decided to this, because he doesn't really add anything to the film.

Its Fishbourne, and a brilliant Harris, that make this film standout, and compared to them, Connery is left in the stands watching the world go by,which is a shame, because he's usually a wonderful screen presence.

The plot reminds one of those slow burning Bayou thrillers of old, everyone's sweating, wiping their faces, and hiding secrets from one another.

But for the most part, its Connery approaching different characters, asking for his motivation, and then ringing up Kate Capshaw to have an argument.

The final third involves a car chase, crocodiles, and Scarlett Johanssen, but by the time the big twist is revealed, you feel cheated because its basically turned the twist onto a 360, if you would.

Watchable, but pointless, Harris is wonderful...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Cause 16 Oct 2013
By Les
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Received in excellent order and what a bloody good film with excitement and thrills to keep you engaged and watching, brilliant and enjoyed from start to finish.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of talent 5 Feb 2013
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A nice tense opening, promising a powerful conflict drama in the Deep South, descends into a grotesquely ludicrous plot, with twists and turns and 'shocks' just for the sake of it. What a waste of acting talent, especially Sean Connery
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 26 Jan 2012
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Was shocked by how good the film was haha but i don't usually like these kind of films but this one keeps you glued to the screen, has a nice twist to the film near the end!
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