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Just Cause (Snap Case)

4.3 out of 5 stars 173 customer reviews

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Just Cause is a film that relies on phony plot twists and steals openly from any other thriller that it can remember. If there was a drinking game requiring players to drink during every cinematic "homage," you'd be tanked after Just Cause's first 45 minutes. Take one case of racial injustice, place it in an exotic, exquisitely photographed location (the Florida Everglades), and bring in an outsider, played by a bankable star, to save the day. Make sure nothing appears as it seems. Add a couple of plot twists, some over-the-top character actors (Ed Harris, shamelessly riffing on Hannibal Lecter), stir, and serve. The big name in this case is Sean Connery, who plays a Harvard law professor summoned to the swamps by an apparently innocent death row inmate (Blair Underwood), who swears he didn't rape and kill that 11-year-old girl. He says he confessed because maverick psycho-cop Tanny Brown (Laurence Fishburne) made him play a solo game of Russian roulette. He says his Serial-killer neighbor on death row (Harris) committed the crime. Connery buys it, the audience buys it, and how could they not? Director Arne Glimcher (who made the lackluster Mambo Kings) coerces everyone with simplistic plot manipulations. Characters are given no depth, and the actors are pawns moved about like pieces on a Clue gameboard. --Dave McCoy

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Capshaw, Blair Underwood
  • Directors: Arne Glimcher
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 1999
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790740796
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Just Cause (Snap Case)" on IMDb

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By Carla J. Schultz on January 12, 2002
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I remember the night I first watched this movie. I rented it at the Video Shop, without much enthusiasm & at the insistence of my roommate. Well, let me tell you, this Thriller is exactly that..THRILLING!! Every turn and twist imaginable is in this movie. Did he or didn't he kill that little girl? I was on the edge of my seat for most of the movie. Ed Harris is terrific as well as Sean Connery, who just keeps getting better with age. I recommend BUYING this movie. I have watched it about 4 or 5 times now and my heart races each and every time. [....]
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A bravo performance by the great Sean Connery, plus a fairly imaginative storyline, saves this one from mediocrity. The supporting cast is not bad, although you really never get to know them much. You may think that you see where this one is going, but there are surprises.

A young black man is on death row for a murder that he maintains he did not commit. Connery plays a liberal, anti-death penalty law professor who gets talked into trying for a new appeal in the case. Turns out that the convict was indeed beaten and coerced into making his confession in what was otherwise a fairly thin case against him. But all is not what it seems, and more would be telling. This one held my interest throughout. It has a somewhat strange moral message if you want to call it that.

One of the better suspense/murder films out there. This one is worth a try, especially for Sean Connery fans.
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Hi..
I don't get why so many people didn't like this movie, and why is there all those negative reviews about the film ?
This film is just great, it has an interesting plot, great acting by all the stars and a good ending.
So don't you guys pay any attention to those negative reviews, this movie has it all.

I personally think that this is one of connery's best movies with an amazing performance by all especially connery !
And the scene where connery's character interviews Harris's character is one of my favourite scenes, quit memorable and thrilling !

This is a must BUY movie and is highly recommended !
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I'll readily admit that I popped this film into my DVD player because of it's subject matter. But ultimately, like the book it's based off of, I really can't say I outright enjoyed it. Oh sure, there are moments worth watching, but there are just too many things that diminish the enjoyment. For example, from his first line in, Sean Connery comes off as a brilliant lawyer and professor but I found his stance on capital punishment off-putting. I am also against the death penalty but I don't think I could readily answer the question of how I'd feel about the matter if it'd been my own wife as Mr. Connery did in a debate right at the beginning. He automatically stated he'd still be against the punishment without any real emotion behind his answer, which, given the context of the question, made it off-putting...note that this same question and answer played a major role in sinking Governor Dukakis's 1988 Presidential campaign. Anyway, after that initial poor introduction, Mr. Connery's character was never able to gain any real form of support from me. On the upside, Ed Harris made for an enjoyable villain...sort of a redneck, Bible-quoting Hannibal Lector type. Had they tweaked that character a little bit, Mr. Harris might have truely been able to give a performance comparible to Sir Anthony Hopkins. Nevertheless, he was the highlight of the film. Blair Underwood's character, the "innocent" death row inmate, may have looked interesting on paper (ivy league schooling, etc.) but the performance added nothing special to this man, making it difficult to root for him. Laurence Fishburne was enjoyable as the conflicted sheriff who believes and knows so many different things. His performance truely felt genuine, especially when he explained his personal connection to the young victim. Overall, this film is one where you can come for the subject matter, but you won't get much more. I will say it wrapped up many plot points much better than the book of the same name. Enjoy.
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Sean Connery as the main character playing a retired defense attorney famous for he's good record during his "trial days" and books written by him during the years making him a famous writer as well. Now working as a university teacher. This is the story of a man his mother strongly felt was wrongly accused in a grotesque murder few years back, sitting in death row awaiting the day for his execution.
Good supporting cast (Lawrence Fishburne, among others) and good writing and direction supplies this film with the tools it needed to come across as one of many Connery's choice as an actor to be in after his James Bond days. It is one of those suspense thrillers that keeps you wondering if Mr Underwood (famous among other things for the successful TV show L.A. Law) Playing the character in death row pleading for a last chance after exhausting all avenues in appeals to convince the law he was wrongly convicted. Although this story has been done before or after this film was made, still has the ability to stand on his own.
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Good movie, love the cast. My only complaint would be that parts of this movie are frustrating and I really started to wonder if anything like this could really happen in the 1990's to a respected and successful lawyer. Also, it's one of those movies that seems very 1990 something. If you can get past that, it's pretty entertaining. Never skip a Sean Connery movie.
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