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The Pelican Brief [DVD] [1993]

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3.9 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard, John Heard, Tony Goldwyn
  • Directors: Alan J. Pakula
  • Writers: Alan J. Pakula, John Grisham
  • Producers: Alan J. Pakula, Donald Laventhall, Pieter Jan Brugge
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sept. 1998
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CX8K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,716 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Adapted from a John Grisham best seller, this film stars Julia Roberts as sharp-witted law student Darby Shaw, who finds herself the target for murder when her thesis determining why two US justices were killed falls into the wrong hands. Supported by Washington-based journalist Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington), she seeks to find out who is behind the threats against her life, and bring them to justice.

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Another John Grisham legal thriller comes to the screen, pairing Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts in a film directed by Alan J Pakula, who is known for dark-hued suspense pictures such as Klute, The Parallax View, All the President's Men, and Presumed Innocent. The Pelican Brief isn't up to the level of those films, but it is a perfectly entertaining movie about a law student (Roberts) whose life is endangered when she discovers evidence of a conspiracy behind the killings of two Supreme Court justices. She enlists the help of an investigative reporter (Washington) and the two become fugitives. The charisma and chemistry of the leads goes a long way toward compensating for the story's shortcomings, as does a truly impressive supporting cast that includes Sam Shepard, John Heard, James B Sikking, Tony Goldwyn, Stanley Tucci, Hume Cronyn, John Lithgow, William Atherton and Robert Culp. --Jim Emerson

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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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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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I've always loved this film, I had it on tape for years. It's a great story, intelligent, with superb acting. Other reviews say it all

What did annoy me was that the DVD is two-sided. You have to watch half the film, then turn the DVD over to watch the other half. This isn't going to be enough to irritate everybody but it really irrited me, and I really wouldn't have bought it if I'd known about the format.

I'm the lazy type who likes to settle down, surrounded by food, and not get up again until the film is finished and there's no food left. Like I said, not going to bother everybody but still worth knowing.
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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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This is a really good film which I bought as I had not seen it for many years - so looking forward to sitting down, feet up and what a disappointment, the quality of the DVD was appalling, it was a very bad copy - initially when the Warner Bros logo appeared on the screen it was clear and crisp, but then it disappeared and was replaced with a second Warner Bros logo which was not a good sign, as this one was dark, faded and slightly grainy.
The first few scenes were unwatchable as the screen was just too dark - muddled through, then would you believe half way through I had to turn the disc - which by the way is completely plain.
It is no more than a copy of a video, so would suggest that you don't waste your money on this and look for a remastered version - quite honestly it is going to be hitting the bin - it's my own fault I should have read the reviews.
Amazon do yourself a favour and stop selling DVDs of this quality, after having bought quite a few from you I am now slightly hesitant in purchasing any more.
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I love this film I showed it many years ago when I worked as a projectionist at the Odeon cinema in Leicester square London and it has always remained in my memory, I originally owned the Dvd but now have the much better Blu-ray version in my collection.
It is well worth a watch and is a very fast moving edge of the seat drama, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys well acted dramatic films.
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This movie is a big favourite but recently I read the book and immediately watched the movie which was a mistake because I could see how much had been trimmed from the plot. I still enjoyed it though. Denzil Washington and Julia Roberts are a brilliant pairing.
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