Primal Fear

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Primal Fear is a straightforward yet entertaining thriller elevated by a crackerjack performance from Edward Norton.

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Movie Info

Defense attorney Martin Vail takes on jobs for money and prestige rather than any sense of the greater good. His latest case involves an altar boy, accused of brutally murdering the archbishop of Chicago. Vail finds himself up against his ex-pupil and ex-lover, but as the case progresses and the Church's dark secrets are revealed, Vail finds that what appeared a simple case takes on a darker, more dangerous aspect.

Cast

Richard Gere
as Martin Vail
Edward Norton
as Aaron Stampler
Laura Linney
as Janet Venable
Alfre Woodard
as Judge Miriam Shoat
John Mahoney
as John Shaughnessy
Frances McDormand
as Dr Molly Arrington, Dr. Molly Arrington
Steven Bauer
as Joey Pinero
Joe Spano
as Kapitan Abel Stenner, Capt. Abel Stenner
Tony Plana
as Martinez
Stanley Anderson
as Arcybiskup Richard Rushman, Rushman
Reg Rogers
as Connerman
Brian Reddy
as Woodside
Sigrid K. Zahner
as Sekretarka Vaila, Vail's Secretary
Diann Burns
as WLS Anchor, Prezenterka WLS
Linda Yu
as Prezenterka WLS, WLS Anchor
Andy Shaw
as Reporter WLS, WLS Location Reporter
Mary Ann Childers
as Prezenterka WBBM, WBBM Anchor
Lester Holt
as Prezenter WBBM, WBBM Anchor
Sylvia Gomez
as Reporter WBBM, WBBM Location Reporter
Jon Duncanson
as Reporter WBBM, WBBM Location Reporter
David Eckert
as Prezenter WGN, WGN Anchor
Robert "R.J." Jordan
as Prezenter WGN, WGN Anchor
Joanie Lum
as WGN Location Reporter, Reporterka WGN
Randy Salerno
as Reporter WGN, WGN Location Reporter
Kyle Colerider-Krugh
as Listonosz, Postman
Randall Slavin
as Ch?opak, Young Boy
Mike Bacarella
as Sergeant, Sier?ant
Turk Muller
as Precinct Jailer, Stra?nik wi?zienny
Joe Kosala
as Cop, Gliniarz
Lenny Wilson
as Bartender, Barman
Peter Schreiner
as Bailiff, Wo?ny s?dowy
Joseph R. Ryan
as Old Man, Starzec
Wayne Wright
as Court Clerk, Urz?dnik s?dowy
Tony Fitzpatrick
as Duty Officer, Oficer celny
Clarence Williams Jr.
as Arresting Cop, Policjant dokonuj?cy aresztowania
Rosalie V. Lewis
as Stenographer, Stenotypistka
Dwight Brad Dyer
as Prison Guard, Stra?nik wi?zienny
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Critic Reviews for Primal Fear

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (11)

Audience Reviews for Primal Fear

  • May 24, 2018
    Best romantic comedy I've seen in years. Richard Gere does it again.
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2016
    A pretty straightforward courtroom drama, with an astounding debut performance from Edward Norton and a great ending reveal.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2016
    Primal Fear is both disturbing and riveting, and the same goes for Edward Norton's over-the-top performance.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2015
    Badly dated 90s courtroom thriller where lawyers do things they would never do and where schizophrenia is used as a plot twist in a totally unbelievable and medically ludicrous way. Edward Norton isn't nuanced enough to convince and Richard Gere is blander than usual, though it's nice to see the likes of Maura Tierney and Frances MacDormand pop up in supporting roles.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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