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    The Pelican Brief

    The film tells the story of a young law student whose legal brief about the assassination of two Supreme Court justices causes her to be targeted by killers. She enlists the help of an investigative reporter and the two become fugitives.
    Duration: 141 min
    Quality: HD
    Release: 1993
    IMDb: 6.6
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  • Actors of "The Pelican Brief"

  • Characters of "The Pelican Brief"

  • Directors of "The Pelican Brief"

    Alan J. Pakula. Director of The Pelican Brief

    Alan J. Pakula

    Birthdate: 7 April 1928, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
  • Creators of "The Pelican Brief"

    John Grisham. Director of The Pelican Brief

    John Grisham

    Birthdate: 8 February 1955, Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA
    Alan J. Pakula. Director of The Pelican Brief

    Alan J. Pakula

    Birthdate: 7 April 1928, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
  • Critic Reviews of "The Pelican Brief"

    Chicago Reader

    March 30, 2009

    It's too bad that Pakula allows this 1993 movie to dawdle after its climax, but prior to that he's adept at suggesting unseen menace and keeping things in motion.


    November 05, 2008

    Pakula has improved on Grisham's book by excising much of the detritus, crafting a taut, intelligent thriller that succeeds on almost every level.

    Time Out

    February 09, 2006

    An old hand at this sort of thing, Pakula goes through the motions, but not much more.

    New York Times

    May 20, 2003

    As the film piles on shovelfuls of further exposition, Mr. Washington and Ms. Roberts are left to look terrific and recite perfunctory lines.


    January 01, 2000

    An unnecessarily-long thriller that contains far more talking than action.

    Chicago Sun-Times

    January 01, 2000

    A clever device to take your mind off your problems for 141 minutes.

    Ozus' World Movie Reviews

    March 07, 2017

    A juicy conspiracy theory thriller.


    June 18, 2011

    A routine thriller, curiosuly disappointing from Alan Pakula that even stars like Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts can't rescue

    Common Sense Media

    January 02, 2011

    Talky political thriller won't engage kids.

    Antagony & Ecstasy

    January 14, 2010

    If I would still call it one of Pakula's very best films since the end of the 1970s, that says far more about the decline of his career than anything else.

    TV Guide

    March 30, 2009

    A shallow bore.

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