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Runaway Jury / Class Action

4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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RUNAWAY JURY & CLASS ACTION 2PK - DVD Movie

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Runaway Jury: Based on the bestseller by John Grisham, Runaway Jury is a slick thriller that's exciting enough to overcome the gaps in its plot. The ultimate target has been changed: Grisham's legal assault on the tobacco industry was switched to the hot-button issue of gun control (no doubt to avoid comparison to The Insider) in a riveting exposé of jury-tampering. Gene Hackman plays the ultra-cynical, utterly unscrupulous pawn of the gun-makers, using an expert staff and advanced electronics to hand-pick a New Orleans jury that will return a favorable verdict; Dustin Hoffman (making his first screen appearance with real-life former roommate Hackman) defends the grieving widow of a gun-shooting victim with idealistic zeal, while maverick juror John Cusack and accomplice Rachel Weisz play both ends against the middle in a personal quest to hold gun-makers accountable. It's riveting stuff, even when it's obvious that Grisham and director Gary Fleder have glossed over any details that would unravel the plot's intricate design. --Jeff Shannon

Class Action: In this high-concept legal thriller, directed by Michael Apted, Gene Hackman plays a flamboyant lawyer who specializes in civil-liberties and consumer-advocacy cases, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio plays his daughter, an ambitious associate in a slick corporate-law firm. The script-by Carolyn Shelby, Christopher Ames, and Samantha Shad-contrives to pit the father and the daughter against each other in a negligence suit against an auto manufacturer. Sparks, both personal and professional, are meant to fly, but the Hollywood engineers who designed this piece of product have cut a few too many corners: the thriller plotting is predictable, the family drama is broad and sentimental, and the connections between them are facile. Yet Hackman and Mastrantonio somehow manage to impart lifelike rhythms to their scenes together: their skill keeps this rickety contraption from stalling completely. -Terrence Rafferty

Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gene Hackman, John Cusack
  • Directors: Gary Fleder, Michael Apted
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 236 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KGGIY6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Runaway Jury / Class Action" on IMDb

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The first time I watched this movie, I was constantly trying to figure what was going on. After watching it the 3rd time, it is still as intriguing and mytifying as the first time. Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman and John Cusak keep this a real nail-biter of a thriller suspense film. You know something is going on, but can never put your finger on it....til the end. It is packed with intrigue, danger, and pulse-pounding twists. Runaway Jury Rules!!!!
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I came across the move Runaway Jury one night.
I found it so interesting I did not leave
the room for fear of missing something, I
had to see the whole movie and ordered it and
much to my surprise the movie came in a two
movie pack. Class Action is also a terrific
show.
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If I hadn't read the book first, I would have been clueless. Which is not to say that there were not some stellar performances from the cast. This is the usual case, book to movie - lost in translation.
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Two great movies in one package. If your a Gene Hackman fan, this double feature is a must. A great price as well!
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