Runaway Jury (Widescreen Edition)
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- Scene-specific commentary by Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman
- Deleted scenes with optional commentary
- Five featurettes: Making of, acting, cinematography, production design, editing
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Top Customer Reviews
Gene Hackman, who at 73 never slows down, is sternly malevolent as Rankin Fitch, a high-priced jury consultant whose arsenal of espionage tools and recon foot soldiers rivals the KGB. The "war room" scene where he breaks down his potential pawns is informative; though nobody is going to spend $15 million to select 12 people - as movie contends - there is an art to it, and the technique is laid out far better here than it was in "Devil's Advocate."
Fitch assists a New Orleans gun manufacturer caught in a class action lawsuit only plausible in movies, and one of the jurors, Nick Easter (John Cusack), and his girlfriend, Marlee (Rachel Weisz), are blackmailing both the defendant and the plaintiff, represented by Wendall Rohr (Dustin Hoffman). Nick and Marlee claim they can sway the jury and sell the verdict to the highest bidder. As the plot unfurls it becomes possible that they aren't trying to buy anything, but play a con, backed by a Moral. That's a sweet proletariat consideration, but in terms of doing justice, it's robbing Peter to pay Paul.
Director Gary Fleder ("Don't Say A Word") is far more devoted to winding us up than meditating on the legal system; with cinematographer Robert Elswit, Fleder jerks and spins and speeds and slows and generally makes a drama soup out of things; New Orleans, one of the truly original cities, is merely background.Read more ›
The hoopla about the right to bear arms is a bit off center and a bit bias but the movie is still a real winner.
The setting of New Orleans is beautiful, and the characters are compelling enough to care for but the plot is run of the mill. We all know that secrets will be exposed and the good guys will win, which is fine by me but I hope it wasn't as profound as it was. Thanks to Weisz and Hackman for at least keeping me interested with what was going on.
I will give the movie one big credit, the performance of Rachel Weisz was the best thing in this over preaching mess. She was in my opinion, the only actor who really captured the essence of her character, and made the character her own with her fine performance. See the movie for her fine performance alone, and if not, rent Confidence or The Shape of Things; both have great performances by Rachel Weisz, and are much better movies to boot.
His own, bring a sense of menace to his role. While this is Gene's third go around in a John Grisham movie, this is his best turn. He really has a commanding presence, and commands the screen with zeal. Dustin Hoffman is well cast as Wendell Rohr, Hackman's counterpart in the lawsuit. While Dustin's character was not as prominent in the book, his character is giving a nice boost up in the film. Maybe because of the stature of an actor that Dustin Hoffman is but in the long run is really not as commanding a presence as Gene Hackman is in this movie. John Cusack is perfect as Nicholas Easter, making him sort of a every man hero with a purpose but also with a secret that will not be reveled by me (you got to see the movie) And Rachel Weisz is perfection in the flesh as. Marlee. Not only does she captures the character with a sense of coolness, mystery, and complexity but she also holds her own with the great Gene Hackman, and does not lose face in the process. Her performance is as captivating as Hackman, and just as powerful.Read more ›
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This is a gripping, fast-paced movie with an excellent plot, a tantalizing mystery and fine acting all around. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Margaret Smith
I know the film just wanted a copy of it...great film...I just interviewed for jury duty...hahahahahahaha.Published 6 days ago by Daniel A. Templeton
we were visiting New Orleans and this was a perfect movie to watch while we were staying in the French Quarter!Published 16 days ago by Judy Williams