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Just Cause (1995)

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 7

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The novel by John Katzenbach becomes this legal thriller starring Sean Connery as Harvard Law School professor Paul Armstrong. A legal expert whose days of trying cases are long behind him, Armstrong is moved by a plea he receives from a Florida death row inmate, Bobby Earl (Blair Underwood). It seems that the educated, upstanding Earl has been railroaded by an overeager sheriff (Laurence Fishburne) zealously trying to solve the kidnapping and murder of a little girl. Once Armstrong arrives in

Jun 22, 1999

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In Connery it has a hero who is inescapably appealing.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Despite its merits, the script fails to escape the silly season that fouls up so many thrillers, that time when the twists merely seem like the narrative equivalents of those violin shrieks on a cheesy score.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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It doesn't bog down in the bogs, but it's slow-moving just about everyplace else.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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There is no psychological depth, no real motivation, no human values to weigh, just characters jerked here and there like puppets in an arbitrary plot.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The longer you stay with it, the more routine and uninspired it seems -- not to mention cowardly.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Despite its tendency to tread well-traveled roads, Just Cause is filmed with enough energy and craft that, for the majority of its one-hundred minute running time, it's reasonably entertaining.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Good crime flick with strength in casting of Sean Connery.

February 22, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Connery is as steady as always....great twists

March 11, 2005
Film Threat

Forgettable and less than thrilling.

December 13, 2004
Nitrate Online

Ridiculous from start to finish. Connery, Harris, and Fishburne couldn't have wasted their time in a less productive fashion.

July 25, 2002
Matinee Magazine

A sorry excuse for a thriller, with both narrative and character handled with remarkable ineptitude.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Things heat up for the last bang-up 40 minutes all right, but why did director Arne Glimcher feel it necessary to go so formulaically dull at first?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

The plot machinations here become so contrived and the coincidences so bizarre that by the end ... audience members will likely be scratching their heads.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

On the whole the film ends up no more than an unbelievable action picture with a few rewarding performances.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Semi-entertaining mystery/thriller.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinematter
Cinematter

It's a rich, humid mix of race, murder, and mystery that works well, even if it doesn't work perfectly.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Just Cause

Go to any Walgreens across the nation and every month there's a new collection of mystery thrillers, usually by the same collection of authors, who churn out books like hamburgers: this film plays like those books read. A great cast and superior production values can't hide a factory produced script.
October 9, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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Buried deep in the Florida Everglades is a secret that can save an innocent man or let a killer kill again.

Good movie. The movie didn't really surprise me that much and I have seen better but still I thought it was well made. It really seem like Sean Connery nail his part and Laurence Fishburne did allright too as a supporting actor.

The year is 1986. In Ochopee, Florida, 11-year-old Joanie Shriver is kidnapped, raped, and murdered. Bobby Earl Ferguson is arrested by officers Tanny Brown and J. T. Wilcox, who proceed to beat Bobby into confessing to the murder. Bobby is placed on trial, where Bobby's defense attorney McNair puts up a lousy defense for Bobby, and Bobby is sentenced to be executed. Now, eight years later, Bobby hands a letter to his grandmother Evangeline and asks Evangeline to go to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to hire Harvard law professor Paul Armstrong to clear Bobby's name. At Harvard, Paul is attacking capital punishment in a campus debate, when Evangeline arrives and hands the letter to Paul. Paul goes home, where his wife Laurie is throwing a birthday party for their young daughter Katey. Laurie reads the letter and she encourages Paul to take the case, even though he hasn't practiced law in 25 years. Paul, Laurie, and Katey head to Florida, where Paul meets Bobby in the prison. Bobby tells Paul his side of the story and what Tanny and Wilcox did. Paul begins to believe that Bobby was railroaded. Bobby tells Paul to speak to Blair Sullivan, a man who is also on death row. Blair gives Paul some clues that could prove Bobby's innocence and Blair's own guilt. But in the process of trying to clear Bobby, Paul learns some disturbing truths about Bobby, putting Paul and his family in a fight for their lives.
July 27, 2011
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Manu Gino

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Damn it, this was like "To Kill A Mockingbird" with the most predictable and silliest twisted ending. (Oops! I hope that ain't a spoiler. And if it is, I can only hope that you're not intelligent enough to predict it. But even a kid can tell that 2 + 2 = 4, and you don't need to be a genius for that. Anyway, if it did work as a spoiler for you, and thereby reduced the movie's entertainment value for you, I honestly plead your pardon.) But that wasn't good enough for them. So they put the characters through car chasing scenes followed by a fight. The fighting sequence only made it worse. Exactly as predicted, the character who is supposedly shot dead, returns in a typical filmy way at the nick of time to beat the villain.

I was expecting some unique and interesting courtroom drama, but I guess I was asking for too much. This movie was a big time disappointment for me. And if you haven't seen this movie as yet, I hope I've provided enough just causes that will lead you to the conclusion that you better avoid this Just Cause.

P.S.: The face of the sweet, young girl playing Katie Armstrong looked familiar, but I'd no idea whatsoever that it was Scarlett Johansson until I found it in the credits.
February 21, 2011
imrealgod

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One of the best thrillers of the nineties decade that ranks with Seven and The Silence of the Lambs. A strong, brilliant and exhilarating physiological thriller. It's chilling, absorbing, razor-sharp and incredibly unpredictable. An intense, remarkable and adrenaline-pumping thrill-machine. A riveting all-star cast. Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne are electrifying. Blair Underwood is terrific. Ed Harris is unforgettably chilling and riveting.
March 22, 2010
allan913

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