Brand rankings [10] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale. As a generous contributor to the President, Mattiece expects that he would appoint Justices that favor oil and gas exploitation over environmental issues while the next President may not do so. A court appeal to deny Mattiece the drilling rights is expected to reach the Supreme Court. Directed by Alan J. Pakula. and Daily | All rights reserved. Drama For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary. A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger. John Grisham. [6], The Pelican Brief grossed $100.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $94.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $195.3 million,[2][7][8] against a production budget of $45 million. Before Khamel can kill Darby, he is shot and killed by an unknown person. Also, Brief is a relatively gore-free thriller, with most of the violence effectively conveyed offscreen. 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He reveals the President ordered the FBI to "back off," and that the CIA is investigating Mattiece, with one of them killing Khamel to save Darby's life. International | With Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard, John Heard. Crime An informant calling himself Garcia contacts Washington Herald reporter Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington) with information about the assassinations, but suddenly disappears. Grantham deflects speculation that Darby is fictional, but does agree that she is "almost" too good to be true, causing Darby to smile. Showdowns. Darby's computer, disks, and files disappear from her home, where she is again attacked but manages to escape. The Pelican Brief is a 1993 American legal thriller film based on the 1992 novel by John Grisham. The Pelican Brief [Movies Anywhere HD, Vudu HD or iTunes HD via Movies Anywhere] Rating Required Select Rating 1 star (worst) 2 stars 3 stars (average) 4 stars 5 stars (best) Name 1. Doubtfire,' 'Schindler's List' also do well", "Review/Film; Presenting Nancy Drew For the 90's", The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Pelican_Brief_(film)&oldid=987870188, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 9 November 2020, at 18:53. Darby visits the bank to retrieve the contents of the box. A plane is arranged for Darby to flee the country. "[14], "Pelican' Soars at the Box Office Movies: The mystery, with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, takes in more than $16 million. [5] The Pelican Brief was released on DVD on September 7, 2010, by Warner Home Video. Suspecting that his murder was related to the incriminating information, she and Grantham visit his widow, who gives them a key to a safe deposit box. Neither of these first-rate actors is shown to great dramatic advantage, but they both do a lot to make the movie shine. All Time | [4] The film was released on Blu-ray on February 10, 2009, by Warner Home Video. [12] Film critic Brian Lowry of Variety wrote in his review: "Pakula does a remarkable job in weaving and making sense of these complex strands. Privacy Policy The site's consensus states: "Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington are a compelling team in the overlong Pelican Brief, a pulpy thriller that doesn't quite justify the intellectual remove of Alan J. Pakula's direction. The Pelican Brief was released on VHS on April 22, 1997, by Warner Home Video. Thriller. She contacts and agrees to meet Verheek, but Khamel kills Verheek and impersonates him at the meet. Darby visits White & Blazevich, pretending to have an appointment with Morgan, and is told that he had been killed. 7 The Pelican Brief (1993) - 53%. She gives the brief to her law professor/lover Thomas Callahan (Sam Shepard), who in turn gives a copy to his good friend Gavin Verheek (John Heard), special counsel to the Director of the FBI. A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger. News | under which this service is provided to you. Soon after, Callahan is killed by a car bomb; Darby manages to avoid the same fate and is subsequently attacked by an unknown assailant. 12. Sometime later, Darby is watching a TV interview of Grantham where it is revealed that Mattiece and four partners at White & Blazevich have been indicted in federal court, the President's chief of staff Fletcher Coal has resigned, and the President (who received $4.2 million in contributions from Mattiece) will not run for reelection. Weekend | The Pelican Brief (1993) Cast information Crew information Company information News Box office. See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records. The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits. A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger. BoxOfficeMojo.com by IMDbPro - an The Pelican Brief. The film, which features music composed by James Horner, was the last film that featured Pakula as both writer and director before his death.[3]. © IMDb.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Darby agrees to meet Grantham in New York City, where she shares the theory expressed in her brief: the assassinations were done on behalf of oil tycoon Victor Mattiece, who intends to exploit the oil he found beneath Louisiana marshland that is habitat for an endangered sub-species of brown pelicans.