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The Pelican Brief


Roger Davidson

Pelican Brief, The
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One of the weaker film adaptations of a John Grisham novel, it still has great suspense, political intrigue and a compelling story. Darby Shaw (Julia Roberts), a law student, gets involved in a major mess when she writes her theory about what happened in the assassinations of two supreme court justices. When someone kills her boyfriend over the brief, in an attempt on her life, she makes a run for it. As a fugitive, she attempts to find out who is trying to kill her and what motives these people would have to do it. With the help of Washington Post reporter Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington), she searches for the truth and a possible way out of this nightmare.

A little less interesting than yesterday's The Firm, mainly because of the claustrophobic feel to it, the movie is not without it's redeeming virtues. They include the fine performances by Washington and Roberts and some honest suspense, supervised by director Alan J. Pakula. I think it's worth seeing perhaps once or twice, but no more than those two times.

My Rating = Three Stars

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