Primal Fear (1996)

Primal Fear (1996)
  • Time: 129 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
  • Director: Gregory Hoblit
  • Cast: Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney


An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a “third person” in the room during the murder. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone’s perception of the crime and what really happened…

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  • If you want to see excellent acting in the service of an involving well told story this is a good place to start. Across the board there is not one weak performance. Richard Gere has one of his very best roles as a fame loving attorney who chases a headline case that is more than he bargained for. He and the Laura Linney spar and parry both in and out of court with wonderful brio, she is his equal even if he is loath to admit it and the actress’s personal strong persona fits the role perfectly. In a star making performance Edward Norton grabs his part by the throat and runs with it, a brilliant job and one that marked him as a true talent to watch. “Primal Fear” is just one of the best courtroom dramas/thrillers out there. It is well made with a chilling plot and great dialogue. Overall, the plot, the storyline, the acting, you name it… it’s all superb! A great watch especially for Norton’s acting! Highly recommended!

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