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A high-profile slaying becomes the case of an ambitious attorney's career in this legal thriller based on the novel by William Diehl. Richard Gere stars as Martin Vail, a famed defense lawyer who volunteers his services to Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton), a Kentucky teenager charged with the murder of a Chicago archbishop. Covered with blood, Aaron was captured after a foot chase broadcast live on TV, making a gleeful Vail certain that he could raise his profile by defending the obviously guilty suspect. Assigned to prosecute is Assistant District Attorney Janet Venable (Laura Linney), who is Vail's ex-girlfriend. Vail's case becomes more complicated than he expected when a psychologist, Dr. Molly Arrington (Frances McDormand) concludes that Stampler suffers from multiple personality disorder. Vail also uncovers evidence that the archbishop was involved in a corrupt land scheme and may have molested young parishioners. Now the cynical, opportunistic attorney is faced with a daunting prospect, a client who may actually deserve his best defense. Its shocking, twist ending made Primal Fear (1996) a big box office hit and earned Norton, in his screen debut, an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
Martin Vail legal thriller
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|Publisher|| Hollywood, Calif. :Paramount Home Entertainment,2009
|Edition||Hard evidence ed., widescreen.|
|Other Titles|| Primal fear.
Gere, Richard, 1949-
Mahoney, John, 1940-2018
Woodard, Alfre, 1953-
Howard, James Newton.
Diehl, William. Primal fear.
Paramount Pictures Corporation.
Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm)
Richard Gere, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton.
Director of photography, Michael Chapman ; editor, David Rosenbloom ; music, James Newton Howard.
MPAA rating: R; for brief grisly violence, pervasive strong language and a sex scene.
English, dubbed French or dubbed Spanish dialogue, English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Title from container.
Based on the novel by William Diehl.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1996.
Special features: Commentary by director Gregory Hoblit, writer Ann Biderman, producer Gary Lucchesi, executive producer Hawk Koch, and casting director Deborah Aquila; "Primal fear: the final verdict" featurette; "Primal fear: star witness-casting Edward Norton" featurette; "The psychology of guilt" featurette; theatrical trailer.
DVD, region 1, widescreen (enhanced); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, NTSC.
1 videodisc (130 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.