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The Pelican Brief (Keepcase) (1997)

Julia Roberts , Denzel Washington , Alan J. Pakula  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 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
  • Producers: Alan J. Pakula, Pieter Jan Brugge
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 4.0)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 1997
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NZK5UU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pelican Brief (Keepcase)" on IMDb

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pelican Brief April 5, 2008
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This is a movie full of intrigue and suspense. Denzel Washington turns in one of his best performances as Gray Grantham. Julia Roberts is equally as exciting as Darby Shaw a Tulane law student. Together they work to expose a criminal conspiracy that involves many high officials that include the White House. When attempts are made on their lives, it becomes a race to see if they can solve the case before they forfeit their lives in pursuit of justice.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Problem with DVD March 8, 2006
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The only objection I have to this DVD is that you have to turn it over half way through the movie to see it all!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Julia Roberts you'll love this thriller !!!!! February 27, 2001
By forrie
This is Julia Roberts best suspenseful legal thriller ever!!!! With Denzel Washington their charisma & chemistry are top notch.
In summary Roberts plays a law student in New Orleans who writes a paper ("The Pelican Brief") which theorizes a murder conspiracy involving the White House! Naturally this draws attention to Roberts and proves to be true. An intense manhunt begins. Roberts befriends an investigative reporter (Washington) and the chase & suspense escalates.
This movie & script really shows the depth of Julia Roberts acting ability. So if you want a very entertaining and nail biting movie get "The Pelican Brief" today. You'll watch over and over.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but why do I have to flip it? January 30, 2003
Great story by John Grisham and acting with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington. It will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat at least until you have to flip the DVD over to finish it. That's right they couldn't fit this on one side for some odd reason. At first I thought something was wrong with my DVD player or the DVD. Only when I took out the DVD and saw Side A and Side B did I realize. They could have at least put a message at the end of Side A for you to turn it over. Otherwise a great DVD. The chase to track down a story about a gangster that conributed to the Presidents campaign fund and how a legal brief ties it together is very well done. I would wait to buy it on DVD when they put Widescreen on one side and Standard on the other rather than have a Side A and B.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Juila Roberts in a great role shows her true acting abilltiy and proves she can hold her own in a serous role. Roberts plays Darby Shaw, a law student who writes a brief concering the mysterious deaths of two supreme court justices and soon is marked for death by hired killers and crooked cops. On the run she trusts no one except one man an ambitous reporter(played to perfection by Denzel Washington)who wants to keep her alive so she can tell her story. Amazing film with the right amount of suspense and intrigue, and what`s so good about this film it managed to rise above the cliches that usually surronds this genre there was absolulty no love angle between the two leads just an innocent woman on the run type of story. Based on the novel by john grisham and probably the best one adapted to the big screen. A little too long 2˝ hours long but it reached a staisfying conclusion. The best scene was the On foot chase scene in the underground parking lot. Great movie a must for any Julia Roberts Fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, suspenseful, yet not "amazing." February 4, 2003
"The Pelican Brief" is a good story about an ambitious young law student (played by Julia Roberts) who, after the assassinations of two Supreme Court Justices, accidentally stumbles upon a high-reaching conspiracy. Curiosity spurs her to investigate, and she writes a brief upon her findings, unaware that doing so will endanger her life, as well as anyone else's life who reads it. Darby Shaw (Roberts) is a smart, savvy young woman who manages to evade attempts on her life by quick wits, a bit of luck, and a little help from a government agency now and then (whose motives are unknown for quite some time.)
During her search for safety, she contacts a well-respected reporter (Denzel Washington,) who is known for his integrity. Together, they begin to unravel the mystery of the "Pelican" Brief, which puts both of their lives on the line as they try to stay one step ahead of assassins determined to stop the truth from getting out. Refreshingly, there is no love story between the two leads, although there is excellent chemistry and a strong bond between them; they do what they have to do, and mercifully escape the film without The Mandatory Love Scene.
The story unfolds in a manner that holds the audience's attention, with only small bits coming out at a time; we don't find out what was in the "Pelican" Brief until well into the film, and even after we realize what's going on, the suspense continues unabated until the very end. The cast includes some heavy hitters, including Sam Shepard, Stanley Tucci, Tony Goldwyn, John Heard, John Lithgow, and Hume Cronyn (briefly,) all of whom do a good job.
While the movie itself is entertaining and worth watching, the DVD is a pain in the patoot; midway through the film, it simply stops.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should make Ruth Bader Ginsberg nervous February 14, 2008
The Pelican Brief DVD

The Pelican Brief is based on John Grisham's novelThe Pelican Brief (John Grisham) in which a student (played by Julia Robert's) discovers a plot to assassinate a couple of U. S. Supreme Court Justices so that two less environmentally biased justices can be appointed. Julia Roberts is beautiful as usual and Denzel Washington is superb, also as usual.

Highly recommended for fans of Julia Roberts, Denzel, Washington, and John Grisham.

Gunner February, 2008
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Warner did a very good job on this older material. The picture is clear without any dirt or dropouts. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by P. Laczko
5.0 out of 5 stars good acting, great story line
have seen this movie several times, it's a "can watch more than once" type of movie. good acting, great story line, thoughtful!
Published 4 days ago by Christie Howard
1.0 out of 5 stars This CD requires flipping midway.
I also absolutely love this movie and have watched it a million times on VCR. I returned this CD however, because it was advertised as "one disk" (true), but it was written... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Rita W. Heckrotte
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to watch one of Julia Robert's best films then this is it....
At two decades old it hasn't aged a bit (except there are no cell phones and it's kind of jarring to watch people in stressed situations not a using a phone at every opportunity). Read more
Published 9 days ago by Lulu Moretti
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
Very smart!
Published 10 days ago by William T. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie...
Published 12 days ago by Dan Fax
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie!
Published 17 days ago by raybulls2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great movie.
Published 18 days ago by FRED G ROTHWEILER
Published 23 days ago by Anna Homan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good adaptation from the book
This is an exciting movie from beginning to end - a little unbelievable at times but it follows the book pretty well.
Published 24 days ago by renwaldo
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