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 … 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


as Nick Easter

as Rankin Fitch

as Wendall Rohr

as Judge Harkin

as Lawrence Green

as Doyle

as Garland Jankie

as Jacob Woods

as Frank Herrera

as Janovich

as Vanessa Lembeck

as Herman Grimes

as Celeste Wood

as Lonnie Shaver

as Loreen Duke

as Amanda Monroe

as Stella Hullic

as Eddie Weese

as Millie Dupree

as Jerry Fernandez

as Kaufman

as Raines

as Rikki Coleman

as Sylvia Deshazo

as Lydia Deets

as Special Agent Noveck...

as Phillip Savelle

as Rikki Coleman

as Terry Docken

as Lou Dell

as Receptionist

as Shamburg

as Deborah

as Pulaski

as Maxine

as Voodoo Shopkeeper

as SUV Driver

as Reporter No. 1

as Reporter No. 2

as Reporter No. 3

as Dobbs

as Singing Woman

as Sebald

as Agent Shield

as Hoppy Dupree

as Strode

as Jimmy Hoke

as Kyle Murphy

as Blonde Decoy

as Cafe Waitress

as Agent Crowley

as Agent Novecki

as Professor Phelan

as Mrs. Brandt

as Peg Grimes

as George Dressler

as Mason Foley

as Agressive Reporter

as Potential Juror No. ...

as Potential Juror No. ...

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as Reporter No. 4

as Reporter No. 5

as Reporter with Cable

as Kincaid

as Henry Wood

as Shamburg

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.

| 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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