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Runaway Jury (2003)



Critic Consensus: An implausible but entertaining legal thriller.

Movie Info

When a young widow in New Orleans brings a civil suit against the powerful corporate consortium she holds responsible for her husband's murder, she sets in motion a multi-million dollar case. But it's a suit that may be won even before it begins--based solely on the selection, manipulation and, ultimately, the attempted "theft" of the jury. Representing the widow is Wendall Rohr, a courtly Southern lawyer with a moral center and a heartfelt passion for the case he's presenting. His opponent is ostensibly the attorney representing the corporation. But in reality, defense counsel is only the front man for Rankin Fitch, a brilliant and ruthless jury consultant. At a high tech command center set up in an old French Quarter warehouse, Fitch and his team work on the surveillance and assessment of potential jurors. He will know everything about their lives, and strategically manipulate the jury selection process. The only acceptable result is the perfect jury to vote in favor of his client. Fitch and Rohr soon realize they're not the only ones out to win the jury. One of the jurors, Nick Easter, seems to have his own plan for swaying the panel. And a mysterious woman known only as Marlee contacts both Rohr and Fitch telling them the jury's for sale to either of them--and that the verdict won't come cheap. While the case is argued in court, a dangerous cat and mouse game begins to play out in New Orleans' French Quarter. Rohr's morality put to the test, and Fitch is poised to cross the line from selecting a jury to stealing it--no matter who gets hurt in the process.more
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, language and thematic elements)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Koppleman, Matthew Chapman, Rick Cleveland, David Levien, Brian Koppelman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2004
Box Office: $49.2M
20th Century Fox Distribution - Official Site


John Cusack
as Nick Easter
Gene Hackman
as Rankin Fitch
Dustin Hoffman
as Wendall Rohr
Bruce McGill
as Judge Harkin
Jeremy Piven
as Lawrence Green
Stanley Anderson
as Garland Jankie
Dylan McDermott
as Jacob Woods
Cliff Curtis
as Frank Herrera
Jennifer Beals
as Vanessa Lembeck
Gerry Bamman
as Herman Grimes
Joanna Going
as Celeste Wood
Bill Nunn
as Lonnie Shaver
Juanita Jennings
as Loreen Duke
Marguerite Moreau
as Amanda Monroe
Nora Dunn
as Stella Hullic
Guy Torry
as Eddie Weese
Rusty Schwimmer
as Millie Dupree
Luis Guzman
as Jerry Fernandez
Margo Moorer
as Kaufman
Rhoad Griffis
as Rikki Coleman
Fahnlohnee R. Harris
as Sylvia Deshazo
Corri English
as Lydia Deets
Wayne Ferrara
as Special Agent Noveck...
Jason Davis
as Phillip Savelle
Rhoda Griffis
as Rikki Coleman
Douglas M. Griffin
as Terry Docken
Carol Sutton
as Lou Dell
Deneen D. Tyler
as Receptionist
Dave Jensen
as Shamburg
Ted Manson
as Pulaski
Adella Gauthier
as Voodoo Shopkeeper
Afemo Omilami
as SUV Driver
Michelle M. Miller
as Reporter No. 1
Eric Paulsen
as Reporter No. 2
Margaret Lawhon
as Reporter No. 3
Lark Marie Fall
as Singing Woman
Lance E. Nichols
as Agent Shield
Deacon Dawson
as Hoppy Dupree
David Ramsey
as Jimmy Hoke
Marcus Hester
as Kyle Murphy
Lara Grice
as Blonde Decoy
Loren Kinsella
as Cafe Waitress
Harvey Reaves
as Agent Crowley
Wayne Ferrera
as Agent Novecki
Peter Jurasik
as Professor Phelan
Celia Weston
as Mrs. Brandt
Irene Ziegler
as Peg Grimes
Ed Nelson
as George Dressler
Bernard Hocke
as Mason Foley
Mark Krasnoff
as Agressive Reporter
Perry L. Brown
as Potential Juror No. ...
Don Hood
as Potential Juror No. ...
Elizabeth Omilami
as Potential Juror No. ...
Claudia Coffee
as Reporter No. 4
Charlie Detraz
as Reporter No. 5
Sally Ann Roberts
as Reporter with Cable
Stuart Greer
as Kincaid
Jack Massey
as Henry Wood
David Jensen
as Shamburg
Jason A. Davis
as Phillip Savelle
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Critic Reviews for Runaway Jury

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (42)

[T]his film ranks just below The Firm and The Client on the list of John Grisham-inspired thrillers, thumbs up.

Full Review… | October 27, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Legal thriller isn't aimed at kids.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

One of the most engrossing underrated legal thrillers in years...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

...the best cinematic rendering of a Grisham novel ever, which is either saying a quite lot or very little at all, depending upon your view of things Grisham.

Full Review… | January 29, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The film's action is limited to repeatedly ransacking Cusack's apartment, and the plot is rife with Big-Brother-is-watching paranoia.

Full Review… | October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

The best Grisham adaptation yet, this one is definitely worth a look.

Full Review… | July 20, 2004

Audience Reviews for Runaway Jury


Thrilling dramatic thriller, Runaway Jury is a worthwhile film to watch that boasts a great cast of talented actors and a well constructed story. I thought that this was a very entertaining film, one that was gripping from start to finish, and always kept you on the edge of your seat. The mix of thrills, mixed with the courtroom aspect of the story goes well hand in hand, and it makes for an even more compelling picture. Runaway Jury is not perfect, but for the most part, it's a well crafted dramatic thriller that is elevated by its cast, which makes you forget the film's shortcomings. Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman give the film's strongest performances, especially Hackman who is intense in his role, and he really nails the character he portrays. Overall, the film is well done, entertaining, and tells an engaging story that is sure to appeal to viewers that enjoy a good courtroom drama. Although it doesn't break ground in this genre of film, Runaway Jury is yet another perfect example of a well executed drama that has a story set in a courtroom. At times the film could have been refined, but overall, I was very much entertained, especially, like I said before, the performances here are magnetic, and make up for the weaker aspects of the movie. I've only seen one film by director Gary Fleder before this one, and here he delivers a terrific drama that manages to really be entertaining enough despite its flaws, and it's one of those cases where the performances save the film from being a total bore, as the story itself is nothing too elaborate. Runaway Jury has its weak parts, but it's a worthy viewing, and it's a bit underrated as well, it may not be the best courtroom drama, but it's not the worst either.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


A decent courtroom thriller based on John Grisham's 1996 novel. Sure the premise stretches plausibility but the overqualified cast (John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman) do a fantastic job giving the proceedings depth and intrigue. Nothing too life changing but enjoyable on a rainy day.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


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