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 ...Read MoreA 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, RoviRead Less
Richard Gere, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Alfre Woodard. Good in fair packaging. Language: English. Run time: 129 mins. Originally released: 1996. 1996 release. 130 minutes. Blockbuster PVT with usual stickers on tape and back of case. Has a knife mark across (shortways) very top panel of cover. Otherwise average outer wear and plays fine. In Chicago, an Archbishop has been brutally murdered, and a sweet-faced altar boy named Aaron--who was seen fleeing the scene of the crime and whose clothes were soaked in blood--is charged with the crime. Aaron claims he was present when the murder occurred, but that he is not the killer. Coming to Aaron's rescue in this high-profile case is Martin Vail, a cocky lawyer who loves the media's spotlight as much as he loves his job. The legal road ahead of Martin and Aaron is filled with many obstacles, including a very determined prosecuting attorney (who's Martin's ex-lover), revelations about the Archbishop's "relationship" with the altar boys, and Aaron himself, who has a very violent, repugnant second personality named Roy. Is Aaron/Roy guilty? Or is he taking the fall for someone else?
Primal Fear is a gripping tale from beginning to end. Richard Gere is always great but Edward Norton's performance as a troubled
youth accused of murder is brilliant. His portrayl of two characters within the one personality is, I think, without equal. Norton is an actor's actor. Laura Linney is also captivating as the cool State Prosecutor. This film raises many questions about morality and the law and the Catholic church, making reference to Nathaniel Hawthorn's comments regarding when a man wears two faces he can lose a sense of reality. The conclusion to the film is not only brilliant but a real surprise. A great thriller.
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The Best Psychopat Movie Ever Since Silence
This movie is one of the best Psychopat movie since Silence of The Lambs. Edward Norton played the best role ever in his career. Like the Fight club, he played an extraordinary cast to make we all believe that he was really really sick Two thumbs up for Edward Norton