Runaway Jury

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20th Century Fox Released 2003

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Director:
Gary Fleder
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Runaway Jury is a 2003 drama directed by Gary Fleder and based on a John Grisham novel of the same name. Celeste Wood (Joanna Going) is suing a weapons manufacturer after a deranged man killed her husband and several others in their workplace. Rankin Fitch (Gene Hackman) is an expert at reading tendencies of jurors and is used by the defended, Durwood Cable (Bruce Davison) during the trial via electronic monitoring. Nicholas Easter (John Cusack) is trying to get out of jury duty and is eventually selected to the jury in order to teach him a lesson about his civic duties. Easter gets along with most of the other jurors, except for Frank Hererra (Cliff Curtis). Hererra believes that Easter and his girlfriend, Marlee (Rachel Weisz) are up to no good. Turns out they are trying to get Fitch to pay them a hefty sum to get the trial results he is looking for. The two camps go back and forth in a game of manipulation with several lives at stake.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    John Cusack gives one of his wiliest performances in some time, and one of his most mature, as Nick Easter, an aging slacker drafted into jury duty. He subverts his protracted-adol...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    The spirit of the law will be upheld (this being Hollywood), but only after everyone has had plenty of nasty fun (this being Hollywood).

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    With the standard Grisham formula having grown stale after so many books and film versions, Jury introduces ingredients that add zest to the old recipe and, in cinematic terms, ope...

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