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Runaway Jury [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

John Cusack , Rachel Weisz , Gary Fleder    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Cusack, Rachel Weisz, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Davison
  • Directors: Gary Fleder
  • Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, John Grisham, Matthew Chapman, Rick Cleveland
  • Producers: Arnon Milchan, Christopher Mankiewicz
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Feb 2004
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00014NEZI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,676 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Based on the bestseller by John Grisham, Runaway Jury is a slick thriller that's exciting enough to overcome the gaps in its plot. The ultimate target has been changed: Grisham's legal assault on the tobacco industry was switched to the hot-button issue of gun control (no doubt to avoid comparisons with The Insider) in a riveting exposé of jury-tampering. Gene Hackman plays the ultra-cynical, utterly unscrupulous pawn of the gun-makers, using an expert staff and advanced electronics to hand-pick a New Orleans jury that will return a favourable verdict; Dustin Hoffman (making his first screen appearance with real-life former roommate Hackman) defends the grieving widow of a gun-shooting victim with idealistic zeal, while maverick juror John Cusack and accomplice Rachel Weisz play both ends against the middle in a personal quest to hold gun-makers accountable. It's riveting stuff, even when it's obvious that Grisham and director Gary Fleder have glossed over any details that would unravel the plot's intricate design. --Jeff Shannon,

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From master storyteller John Grisham and the director of Don't Say A Word comes a taut suspense-thriller that "grabs hold of you and never lets go" (Philadelphia Metro). In their first film together, screen legends Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman face off in this electrifying nail-biter about a ruthless jury consultant who'll do anything to win. With lives and millions of dollars at stake, the fixer plays a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a jury member (John Cusack) and a mysterious woman (Rachel Weisz) who offer to "deliver" the verdict to the highest bidder. Packed with danger, intrigue and pulse-pounding twists and turns, Runaway Jury rules!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pyschological Thriller That Works 10 May 2007
Nicholas Easter is a complicated man. Played by John Cusack, as the viewer you will get the wrong impression of the man, that is the intention.

The first thing you will be surprised at is the lengths at which Gene Hackman will go to secure "his" verdict, or the verdict that is required for his clients. Dustin Hoffman is the prosecuting lawyer, and together with his team, a cat and mouse game develops behind the scenes between Nick Easter, manipulating the jury, and Hackman, trying to continue controlling verdicts by clever jury selection and stealth tactics. Hackman will stop at nothing, he is big-time. Rachel Weisz plays the co-conspirator of Easter, and she is a great actress. You get a good feel for her vulnerability in the "big-time" against Hackman, which nicely sets up the twist in the plotline, and makes her character more real.

The jury scenes are interesting and each of the jurors characters are developed nicely so that when deliberations start you are almost second guessing what the characters are going to say.

This is a great film, with some great scenes between hollywood greats Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman. Yet another must for your collection, this is film that suits your tastes when you want to both watch and think about the movie, it is gripping and interesting from start to finish.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Runaway Performances! 22 Sep 2008
I have no idea whether juries in the real world can be corrupted as this jury in the reel world is, but "Runaway Jury" is a riveting thriller that ought to capture the interest of the viewer from beginning to end, whether one buys into all the plot points or not.

Its success as a genre-film derives from the superlative cast, which is headed by Dustin Hoffman in the role of the honest but savvily down-to-earth attorney (with shabby suit and a carefully planted mustard dab on his tie) who is suing the big gun companies on behalf of the wife of a victim of a mass murder; and Gene Hackman as the ruthless (and expensively dressed) jury consultant, who does not give a fig for the victims, but merely wants to win big on behalf of his even bigger clients, no matter how low he has to stoop to do it. Hoffman and Hackman are supported ably by John Cusack and Rachel Weisz, both of whose characters have hidden agendas.

Although the film is worth watching for its suspense-factor alone, the performances of Hoffman and Hackman, who confront each other in the old-fashioned wood-paneled men's washroom of the court, lift "Runaway Jury" from the level of a conventional court-room thriller. This scene, which lasts several minutes, allows these two cinematic masters to pull out all the stops, as it were, of their craft. It is so rare nowadays to get a full-blown scene--more reminiscent of one in a stage play--between two actors of their calibre.

The settings of pre-Katrina New Orleans--the French Quarter and the Garden District--also contribute to the film's ambience.

Every once and a while, I sit down and watch the DVD of a film that I missed in the theatre the first time around. Many, I pass on to my friends; "Runaway Jury," I did not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top pedigree, middling result. 9 Jun 2007
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Another John Grisham thriller is churned out as a star studded movie. It seems the books with the most thrills have been taken, as this is somewhat pedestrian, although still entertaining.

So what's it about? A big trial against the gun manufacturers is in progress, and both sides are anxious to have the jury on their side. The gun manufacturers hire Gene Hackman, representing the dark corporate side of jury manipulation. However, the apple-cart is upturned when it turns out that the jury is already being manipulated and may be for sale, engineered by someone on the jury and an accomplice (Weisz).

The collection of stars is fantastic - Hackman, Hoffman, Cusack, Weisz. In fact, as the interesting extras point out, Hackman and Hoffman have never shared screen time before. Seeing them in their one big screen moment together is the highlight of the movie. Hackman does not quite bring the same complexity to the role as he did to his other Grisham movie, `The Firm', but he lends real gravitas to his unscrupulous jury consultant. Hoffman is unusually restrained for the most part to play a convincing attorney, but it's Cusack once again who shows himself as a truly natural talent, morphing into just about any role he is given with ease. Here, the entertainment is in watching him manipulate the jury with some applied psychology, while his own motivation remains obscured until a time of his choosing.

Most of the movie is a bidding war and cat and mouse game, until the final denouement unveils the true motivation in a reasonably satisfying way. Along the way, the thriller elements seem shoehorned in, with the real joy in watching the process of choosing and manipulating the jury - the indictment of the system the movie is aiming at.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
From its stunning opening scenes, in which a family celebrates the birthday of their five-year-old son, immediately followed by the workplace shooting of the father and ten co-workers, director Gary Fleder manipulates the viewer's perceptions and keeps the suspense high. When attorney Wendell Rohr (Dustin Hoffman) represents the wife of the victim in a suit against the gun manufacturer two years later, he comes up against Rankin Fitch (Gene Hackman), a jury consultant hired by Vicksburg Firearms Company to give them a sympathetic jury. One member of the jury pool, Nicholas Easter (John Cusack) may hold the key to the outcome, but whether he is acting honorably or is himself a tool of special interests is not clear at the outset.
Based on John Grisham's novel of the same name, the screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levein, Rick Cleveland, and Matthew Chapman focuses on the issue of jury consultants, including their secret rooms to process photographs and information about jury members, detectives and hired thugs who gather incriminating personal data for them ("Everyone has a secret they don't want you to find"), surreptitious break-ins, and blackmail used against jurors. Hackman is unscrupulous as the pawn of the gun manufacturer, Hoffman is earnest but far less forceful as plaintiff's attorney, and Cusack is a mystery man whose goal on the jury is not quite clear until late in the film. A supporting cast including Rachel Weisz as Cusack's girl friend/co-conspirator Marlee is effective in maintaining the suspense and keeping the motivation of Easter and herself a mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
Excellent film! A must see!
Published 11 hours ago by Jenna Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable pot with a cast that you can get behind.
Runaway Jury has a nicely balanced feel somewhere between a real and poignant courtroom drama an investigative thriller and a character comedy. Read more
Published 15 days ago by D. Cunningham
4.0 out of 5 stars Runaway Jury
A very slick film excellent in every way i realy enjoyed it and would recommend it to anybody who likes this kind of film
Published 1 month ago by geoff metcalfe
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film in its own right, but a disappointment having read the book
I love John Grisham's books and having found this one very gripping, soI was expecting big things from the film adaptation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C J Cordner
5.0 out of 5 stars good gripping tale
Very enjoyable with some interesting twists and turns throughout. have watched a couple of times. good cast and pace in the film to keep one intersted.
Published 3 months ago by L. Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
this is a brilliant firm keeps your attention all the way to the end.all well know actors would highly recommend
Published 4 months ago by mrs c
5.0 out of 5 stars Film DVD
Chose this DVD for the actors, a film to keep and enjoy over again even though it is not a new release.
Published 6 months ago by joan hounslow
4.0 out of 5 stars Very watchable.
Very well acted by all, believable antics from "the bad guys".
Makes you wish it could happen in the real world....but legally, obviously. Read more
Published 7 months ago by smeagol
4.0 out of 5 stars The Film Runway
was a great watch twists and turns in the story and not the out come expected I highly recommend it.
Published 7 months ago by Jinx
5.0 out of 5 stars Have not yet watched it
Having seen a little on television we think we will LOVE it. But now keeping it for Christmas for when our son comes home, not pleasing for my husband. Read more
Published 10 months ago by hippo44m
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