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Primal Fear (1996)

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An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director:

Gregory Hoblit

Writers:

William Diehl (novel), Steve Shagan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Martin Vail
Laura Linney ... Janet Venable
John Mahoney ... Shaughnessy
Alfre Woodard ... Shoat
Frances McDormand ... Molly
Edward Norton ... Aaron / Roy
Terry O'Quinn ... Yancy
Andre Braugher ... Goodman
Steven Bauer ... Pinero
Joe Spano ... Stenner
Tony Plana ... Martinez
Stanley Anderson ... Rushman
Maura Tierney ... Naomi
Jon Seda ... Alex
Reg Rogers ... Connerman
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Storyline

Courtroom thriller about a slick, hotshot lawyer who takes the seemingly unwinnable case of a young altar boy accused of murdering an eminent catholic priest. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Sooner or later a man who wears two faces forgets which one is real. See more »


Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 May 1996 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Iskonski strah See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$293,515, 26 July 1996

Gross USA:

$56,116,183

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,616,183
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Danny Masterson auditioned to play the role of Aaron Stampler. See more »

Goofs

(at around 45 mins) At the original interview, Dr. Molly asks Aaron "How did you meet?" and then she asks "What was the relationship like?". When Marty is watching the interview tape (at around 1h 35 mins), Dr. Molly, after asking "How did you meet?" says "Doing what?". See more »

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[first lines]
[while getting dressed as Naomi helps him]
Martin Vail: On my first day of law school, my professor says two things. First was: from this day forward, when your mother tells you she loves you, get a second opinion.
Jack Connerman: [chuckles] And?
Martin Vail: If you want justice, go to a whorehouse. If you wanna get fucked, go to court.
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Edward Norton strikes again !
24 February 2009 | by sfantu_smSee all my reviews

Since I saw "Fight Club", I have never witnessed such a performance by this great actor named Edward Norton. The great performance of the "double sided blade roll" of Aron/Roy is done with extraordinary finesse since he is known for his dual-sided acting skills when playing calm/aggressive or good/bad figures. Putting aside the fact that I heard and read about the big sacrifices that Norton did for the filming of "Fight Club" (losing 20 kilos and gaining the fit and full of muscles body in just 40 days) I wouldn't bee so amazed of the Aaron/Roy performance in "Primal Fear". Edward Norton leaves us stunned again. He plays the role of a 19 years old altar-boy in a catholic church with such a grace, that even a bad-ass serial killer would be jealous. Seen the movie, loved the performance and did another bow to Edward Norton!


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