Primal Fear [DVD] [1996]

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  • Release Date: 09/12/2017
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (26 out of 27)

Synopsis


Primal Fear
A high-profile slaying becomes the case of an ambitious attorney's career in this legal thriller based on the novel by William Diehl. Richard Gere stars as Martin Vail, a famed defense lawyer who volunteers his services to Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton), a Kentucky teenager charged with the murder of a Chicago archbishop. Covered with blood, Aaron was captured after a foot chase broadcast live on TV, making a gleeful Vail certain that he could raise his profile by defending the obviously guilty suspect. Assigned to prosecute is Assistant District Attorney Janet Venable (Laura Linney), who is Vail's ex-girlfriend. Vail's case becomes more complicated than he expected when a psychologist, Dr. Molly Arrington (Frances McDormand) concludes that Stampler suffers from multiple personality disorder. Vail also uncovers evidence that the archbishop was involved in a corrupt land scheme and may have molested young parishioners. Now the cynical, opportunistic attorney is faced with a daunting prospect, a client who may actually deserve his best defense. Its shocking, twist ending made Primal Fear (1996) a big box office hit and earned Norton, in his screen debut, an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Richard Gere
    Richard Gere - Martin Vail
  • Laura Linney
    Laura Linney - Janet Venable
  • John Mahoney
    John Mahoney - John Shaughnessy
  • Edward Norton
    Edward Norton - Aaron Stampler
  • Frances McDormand
    Frances McDormand - Dr. Molly Arrington



Customer rating

4.6
97%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

    Posted
    Coach
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    I had seen the show years ago and liked it but didn't really feel a need to buy it. I was wandering around a Best Buy store recently though and found it on sale for next to nothing so I bought it. The plot keeps you interested and the acting is good. Richard Gere plays the role of sleazy lawyer well but Edward Norton steals the show. Great plot twist at the end. If you find the disc on sale it's worth adding to your collection. Not a movie for kids as it does have scenes of violence, a little nudity, and profanity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not Reference Material, But Must See Thriller

    Posted
    tomd51

    For those that have seen this previously on DVD or VCR, this is a nice update to the Blu-ray format. For those that haven't seen this, this is a must-see thriller that helped push Edward Norton's career into the limelight with the duplicity of his disturbing role as the main character. While not the cleanest transfer to Blu-ray, this release provides a solid presentation of a thrilling drama in which the acting and storyline far outweigh any shortcomings of the presentation. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Edward Norton's award winning debut

    Posted
    Janda2
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    I didn't know what to expect when I got this movie but I was not disappointed. Edward Norton's acting in his first movie earned him a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and a nomination for an Academy Award. This was a good transfer on Blu-ray with decent PQ and AQ. Lots of twists in the plot in this court room drama and I never saw the end coming. Glad I bought it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    a mind drama movie

    Posted
    miniwolf
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    the movie starts off making you think this young boy has been mistreated but as the store line goes on we see a chest master so to speak. He has move all the pieces were they should be for him to win the game and have everyone wondering how this innocent person could be so evil and they never saw it coming.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Edward Norton!

    Posted
    moviefanaticmike
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    I picked this one up simply because of Edward Norton. After watching Fight Club, I fell in love with his acting. This one is a courtroom thriller, as the story goes along you the audience is trying to piece together exactly how this crime was committed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Edward Norton made this movie.

    Posted
    alswas
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    This is a great example of a movie keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very end, Edward Norton is outstanding. This movie is Hollywood at it's best, before all these stupid werewolves and vampires movies became a priority.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

    Posted
    djrusl
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    This movie features Richard Gere who we already knew as a great actor. I believe this was Edward Norton's first movie and he was excellent. You can't help but be on the edge of your seat throughout this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Edward Norton is brilliant

    Posted
    Layz

    I saw this movie only because I heard Edward Norton stole the show and to tell you the truth, he did. Edward Norton acting in this movie is probably the best I ever seen him in.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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