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Three people attempt to bend justice for their own purposes in this drama based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham. After a man dies in a shooting incident, his wife files a lawsuit against the company that manufactured the gun, with her lawyer, Wendell Rohr (Dustin Hoffman), arguing that the firm in question knew the shop which sold the weapon was not following federal regulations pertaining to the sale of firearms. As the case goes to trial, the firearm manufacturer is taking no chances on the outcome of a potentially devastating case, and they hire as part of their legal team Rankin Fitch (Gene Hackman), a “jury consultant” who makes it his business to see that he knows enough about the jurors to be able to guarantee the result of the trial. Fitch and his team have learned incriminating secrets about nearly everyone hearing the evidence, but Fitch discovers two factors he wasn’t counting upon — Nick Easter (John Cusack), the jury member who appears to have an agenda all his own, and Marlee (Rachel Weisz), a mysterious woman who has her own plans regarding bending the jury to her will. Bruce Davison, Jeremy Piven, and Bruce McGill round out the supporting cast. Incidentally, in John Grisham’s original book, the case was filed against a cigarette manufacturer, but the producers opted to adjust the story after several real-life trials against tobacco companies.

Synopsis written by Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

IMDB user rating: 7.1/10

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for violence, language and thematic elements.

Runtime: 127 min



John Cusack – Nick Easter

Gene Hackman – Rankin Finch, Rankin Fitch

Dustin Hoffman – Wendell Rohr

Rachel Weisz – Marlee

Jennifer Beals – Vanessa Lembeck

Bruce Davison – Durwood Cable

Bruce McGill – Judge Harkin, The Judge

Jeremy Piven – Lawrence Green

Melora Walters

Nick Searcy – Doyle

Stanley Anderson – Henry Jankle

Cliff Curtis – Frank Herrera

Nestor Serrano – Janovich

Leland Orser – Lamb

Gerry Bamman – Herman Grimes

Joanna Going – Celeste, Celeste Wood

Bill Nunn – Lonnie Shaver

Juanita Jennings – Loreen Duke

Marguerite Moreau – Amanda Monroe

Nora Dunn – Stella Hulic

Guy Torry – Eddie Weese

Rusty Schwimmer – Millie Dupree

Luis Guzman – Jerry Fernandez

Lori Heuring – Maxine

Carol Sutton – Lou Dell

Stuart Greer – Kincaid

Orlando Jones – Jerome

Jason Davis – Phillip Savelle

Michael Arata – Raines

Irene Ziegler – Peggy Grimes

Stephen Milton – Darren

Deacon Dawson – Hoppy Dupree

Corri English – Lydia Deets

Wayne Ferrara – Special Agent Novecki

Douglas M. Griffin – Terry Docken

Fahnlohnee R. Harris – Sylvia Deshazo

Rhoda Griffis – Rikki Coleman

Gary Grubbs – Dobbs

Dave Jensen – Shamburg

Mark Jeffrey Miller – Vaughn

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