The Pelican BriefThe 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.
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Directors of "The Pelican Brief"Alan J. PakulaBirthdate: 7 April 1928, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Creators of "The Pelican Brief"John GrishamBirthdate: 8 February 1955, Jonesboro, Arkansas, USAAlan J. PakulaBirthdate: 7 April 1928, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Critic Reviews of "The Pelican Brief"Chicago ReaderMarch 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.VarietyNovember 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 OutFebruary 09, 2006
An old hand at this sort of thing, Pakula goes through the motions, but not much more.New York TimesMay 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.ReelViewsJanuary 01, 2000
An unnecessarily-long thriller that contains far more talking than action.Chicago Sun-TimesJanuary 01, 2000
A clever device to take your mind off your problems for 141 minutes.Ozus' World Movie ReviewsMarch 07, 2017
A juicy conspiracy theory thriller.EmanuelLevy.ComJune 18, 2011
A routine thriller, curiosuly disappointing from Alan Pakula that even stars like Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts can't rescueCommon Sense MediaJanuary 02, 2011
Talky political thriller won't engage kids.Antagony & EcstasyJanuary 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 GuideMarch 30, 2009
A shallow bore.
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