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The Pelican Brief [DVD] [1994]

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  • Language: English, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Dutch, Danish, French, English, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Finnish, Norwegian, Hebrew, German, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: German, English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RYD6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,661 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 14 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
I'm a big fan of John Grisham's books and the film adaptations of the books usually make for excellent viewing also. It's many a year though since I've read "The Pelican Brief" so when I sat down to watch the film I was unsure as to how confident I could be that the film was true to the book. It was surprising to find out after watching the film though, that the film rights were actually sold before the book was written, and Grisham himself wrote the part of Darby Shaw with Julia Roberts in mind, so you would image that the film should be a near perfect adaptation of the book.
The plot in many respects is extremely simple; two Supreme Court judges have been assassinated in what seems to be unrelated attacks. Legal student Darby Shaw with no other though than to investigate the deaths as a mental exercise in research, puts together a plausible explanation of why they judges have been killed, a theory which implicates both the White House and the FBI. Darby's partner Thomas Callahan (Sam Shepherd) shows the report to a friend in the FBI, who in turn shows it to the head of the FBI, who in turn shows it to the President. Unfortunately for Darby it would seem that her theory is somewhere too near to the truth for both the President and the FBI as a succession of various hit men and thugs are now trying to make Darby's brief and Darby herself disappear. Solace comes in the form of Washington Post journalist Gray Grantham (Denzil Washington) who comes to Darby's aid as they both try to uncover the truth and print the real version of events.
Amongst the various chases and thrills and spills it does become more than a little confusing as to who is chasing who and who is exactly on Darby's side.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jun. 2001
Format: DVD
Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington are simply outstanding in this film which draws you in scene by scene as your knowledge of what's going on increases and then is teased again by a further development. Perhaps frightening, because you could believe it could happen. I would have liked more of a romantic link between the two main characters, although its almost there, but perhaps I'm being a typical man wishing it were more obvious in the film - deeper woman may find the subtle appeal is enough already. Excellent film which I can't turn off once I've started it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Ogden on 30 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This dvd is on both sides of the disc, requiring it to be turned over half-way through. This would not be a problem if it was clear on the box and on the disc itself. In fact the words "two-sided format" are in minute writing on the box, and there is nothing on the reverse of the disc to indicate that it is Side B.

None of my friends has ever come across a two-sided dvd, so they must be unusual, and it should be made much clearer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 April 2013
Format: DVD
The Pelican Brief is directed by Alan J. Pakula who also adapts the screenplay from the novel of the same name written by John Grisham. It stars Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard, Stanley Tucci, John Heard, John Lithgow and Tony Goldwyn. Music is scored by James Horner and cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.

When two Supreme Court justices are assassinated, Tulane University Law School student Darby Shaw (Roberts) writes The Pelican Brief, her theory on what is behind the killings. After showing it to her law professor lover Thomas Callahan (Shepard), it sets the wheels in motion for more murder and political intrigue, with Darby right in the middle of it and in fear for her life.

Ah John Grisham, he was just like Michael Crichton, authors who for a while seemed the hip guys to read and therefore became ripe to have their works adapted into movies. Of course this in no way was a measure of quality, where just like some of the Crichton adaptations, Grisham's literary transference to the big screen hasn't always proved to be critically successful. Sure, star casting and big amounts of studio cash driving them forwarded have ensured considerable box office returns (Pelican Brief made close to over $140 million in profit), but audiences have remained indifferent towards the visual tales of legal eagles in peril.

The Pelican Brief is quite frankly too often dull, a simple story is made to look over complicated by filling it with secondary characters that just come across as superfluous. The lead protagonists lack depth and development and long passages of dialogue feel like padding that just stretches the running time to the over long 140 minutes run time. Pakula (is this the same guy who crafted All the Presidents Men and Presumed Innocent?!
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A confusing whirlwind of traps being sprung and people lying in wait, but the "good folks" are always protected by magic wands.The praise you read here is from Amazon groupies of the 2 lead actors. This is a standard "killers-under-every-leaf" + "dynamite- under- the-hood" movie. It's a spin off of Jason Bourne films where the Good Guy overcome endless louses lying in wait. In one scene, the two goodies are saved by a ravenous Doberman Pinscher who comes to terrifying life in an auto just as the assassin is ready to pull the trigger. There's a touch of Batman in it it, too, as all traps are overcome. Moreover, I couldn't tell anybody apart. I had no idea who was who & what the motivations of the people were. An overlong ripoff and, of course, as always, at the end indictments are issued by an implacable Justice Department above outside influences,contradicting the corruption we've been seeing as the film unfolds. ,Lots of killings, lots of explosions and lots of incoherence. Pass this one up..
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