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Runaway Jury

7.12 h 7 min2003X-Ray12
Gary Fleder's film is based on the novel by John Grisham but with a slight change in story: instead of the tobacco industry, the filmmakers decided to use the firearms industry. Attorney, Wendell Rohr (Dustin Hoffman) is hired by the wife of a man who died in a shooting.
Gary Fleder
Jennifer BealsJohn CusackBruce Davison
English [CC]
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Dustin HoffmanBruce McgillRachel WeiszJeremy PivenGene HackmanNick SearcyStanley AndersonCliff Curtis
Arnon MilchanGary FlederChristopher Mankiewicz
Twentieth Century Fox
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4.4 out of 5 stars

551 global ratings

  1. 67% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 20% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 5% of reviews have 1 stars
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DanielReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 December 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Justice is served in the courtroom and out
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Hackman plays a jury fixer, Hoffman the principled and moral counterparty prosecutor, and Cusack the inside man who, with the help of a close and trusted outsider, goes up against the multi-million dollar American arms industry. The courtroom scenes are intense, and the juror interactions interesting enough, though the mystery and uncertainty around whose side Cusack is on is more often than not distracting from the main plot thrust and nuances. Hackman overplays his role as the arms manufacturers’ jury-rigger stooge, though his gradual unravelling is enjoyable to watch. Hoffman deserved a more direct role and purpose in the final reckoning, but the central theme of justice being served beyond, as well as within, the courtroom is well-balanced and expertly timed. An enjoyable and intelligent ride.
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JKMReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 October 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good film, but not convinced that it is realistic
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The story involves a gun company being defending a civil action by the wife of a victim of a shooting, because the gun company failed to control the sale of their guns in a reasonable manner. Nothing wrong with the principle here. The basic plot is sound. In America this will be provoctive because of the amendment that says Americans have the right to bear arms, versus those that say it is because of this that these incidents happen.
So the gun company wants to secure the verdict in their favour. But, those that support the wife think otherwise and try to influence the other way.
The level of jury interference portrayed in this film is not realistic, although it is a fascinating watch. The judge or court officials would I think become aware that things with the jury are not correct and have the trial stopped, for retrial with a new jury. But this is artisitic license I suppose.
TragenmmxiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 July 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Good film
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I had this through Prime and thought it was free to watch. In fact it was a "purchase" for a nominal sum granted but disappointing to find that I did not even get the disk (it is kept in my Amazon video store which is not the same as owning the disk or passing it on). Checking the price at Amazon I see that I could have purchased the disk outright at a cheaper price had I wanted to buy it in the first place!
PhilReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 November 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Do not miss this film
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Great cast, great film. Enjoyed every minute!!
Hackman at his best in this John Grisham courtroom drama with more twists than Trumps Twitter account.
What's not to like, if you enjoy a good story well acted then you must watch this,
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Throda tzenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
“Somebody always loses, just not me.” [Rankin Fitch ],
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In this 2003 legal thriller set in New Orleans, widow Celeste takes a Firearms company to court on the grounds that the company's gross negligence led to her husband's death two years previously. The real story however, is the rivalry between attorney Wendell Rohr [Dustin Hoffman] and jury consultant Rankin Fitch [Gene Hackman] as someone sets about manipulating the jury. But who is it and what do they want?
Actually it’s a lot more exciting than the basic plot would have you believe. For non Americans it gives an insight into the selection process which features in many crime dramas. Although you know who’s doing the manipulating from an early point this still manages to remain interesting and can still pull a few surprises out of the hat.
The single disc opens to 3 trailers before going to main menu offering [play, scene selection. Language selection [English, with hard of hearing option and commentary] and special features [commentary, 2 deleted scenes]. An equal amount of court case and detective story, this is good family entertainment and although far fetched in many places, it’s a riveting view and deserves *****.
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Allan KinnairdReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 February 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic film, AND this is what "Special Features" are all about
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Wow! I bought this (Region 2 DVD) three years ago and have watched it several times since then. The cost was equal to about one visit to a cinema, so on that basis it was a good buy. The performances from all the cast drag the viewer into their story, and the story itself is riveting (to me - sorry to the few guys who gave it one star!) so on that basis it was a good buy at an even higher price. But no - what this DVD has to generate a "Wow!" is the breadth and quality of its Special Features. (I have to admit that having Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffmann as anchors for these Special Features was an advantage!) I had looked at the "Special Features" menu in the past and seen a commentary option but I had missed the modest little "More" box down at the bottom until now. I was not surprised (previously) to find only a commentary - many titles have been made (particularly in the past) without expectation of viewer interest in anything beyond their story line. I was always particularly disappointed (as a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan) by the concentration of the Special Features on the DVDs for that series on their narrow scope - production values only, really. But here we have cinematography, editing, production design, interactions between the cast, the personal relationship between Hackman and Hoffmann, the full process of making a critical scene, a full commentary on the presented cut from the director, and not only a collection of deleted scenes but with optional director's commentary on them. This DVD (and I hope the Blu-ray version hasn't lost features!) should be required viewing (in full!) for any professional film maker and as part of any third level course in film making, to see what can be done with the "Special Features" if the will and the foresight are there.
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John RichardsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 March 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Slow and dull
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Slow and dull, lacking any kind of tension or stakes. Feels like a classic late '90s thriller - all style and no substance. Not a patch on other Grisham films, such as The Firm, The Client and A Time to Kill. Best avoided.
barbara.leeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 March 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent film
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Sometimes confusing but always gripping. That is what a really good film should be. You don't find the answers to the questions until the very end and that is what keeps you watching. I will watch it again!
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