Primal Fear [Hard Evidence Edition] [Blu-ray] [1996]

  • SKU: 9196871
  • Release Date: 03/10/2009
  • Rating: R
  • 4.6 (26)
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (25 out of 26)

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Gregory Hoblit, writer Ann Biderman, producer Gary Lucchesi, executive producer Hawk Koch, and casting director Deborah Aquila
  • Primal Fear: The Final Verdict
  • Primal Fear: Star Witness-Casting Edward Norton
  • The Psychology of Guilt
  • Theatrical trailer


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

Overall Customer Rating

4.6 out of 54.6
26 Reviews
97%of customers recommend this product.

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