adapted as "Primal Fear"
Published: January 1993
Synopsis: In Chicago, a sainted archbishop is slain, mutilated, and dismembered in his rectory. Moments after the murder, an angelic-looking young man, Aaron Sampler, is found crouched in a confessional, covered with blood and clutching a butcher knife - but swearing he is innocent of the heinous act.
Enter attorney Martin Vail. Vail is so good at his job, he's managed to infuriate every judge, prosecutor, and politician in Illinois. Now they're paying him back - by forcing him to defend Aaron Sampler and plead a case he cannot possibly win. But Vail is no ordinary lawyer, and the legal team he assembles is no ordinary backup squad. There's Jack Scalding, and ex-judge whose main passions in life are playing the horses and arguing the law; Tommy Goodman, Vail's top investigator, an ex-boxer studying to be a lawyer so he can follow in Vail's footsteps; Molly Arrington, a young and beautiful psychiatrist, and the one who is the first to understand the extraordinary truth that lies behind the killing of the archbishop.
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Gregory Hoblit, Director
Theatrical release date: 12/18/1981
DVD release date: 10/21/1998
Cast: Martin Vail (Richard Gere), Janet Venable (Laura Linney), Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton), John Shaughnessy (John Mahoney), Dr. Molly Arrington (Frances McDormand), Judge Miriam Shoat (Alfre Woodard), Bud Yancy (Terry O'Quinn), Tommy Goodman (Andre Braugher), Joey Pinero (Steven Bauer), Capt. Abel Stenner (Joe Spano)
Running time: 130 minutes
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