The Pelican Brief
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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.
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.Read more ›
Not the usual review but, hey, that's my take.
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This is one of my favorite movies with actor Julia Roberts. It is a movie based on a government deal and cover-up that was uncovered by a collage student who wrote a report... Read morePublished 19 days ago by sweed
Mystery, suspense, thriller all the elements of this awesome movie. I saw this when it first came out and it's a bona fide classic! It's a must have for every movie library.Published 23 days ago by Martie
I have loved this movie for years and decided that I wanted to own it. The DVD that I received was defective but dealing with a return was too much trouble for me since the cost... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer