A Civil Action | 1998

Drama, Adaptation
Jan Schlichtmann, a lawyer with a desire to achieve financial and material success without losing his belief in the justice system, agrees to take on two powerful corporations (Beatrice Foods and W.R. Grace) when ...more
Director: Steven Zaillian
Awards: 2 Oscar nominations. Another 1 win & 2 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Jan Schlichtmann

Actor

... Jerome Facher

Actor

... Kevin Conway

Actor

... James Gordon

Actor

... Bill Crowley

Actor

... William Cheeseman

Actor

... Judge Skinner

Actor

... Anne Anderson

Actor

... Neil Jacobs

Actor

... Kathy Boyer

Actor

... Al Love

Actor

... Pinder

Actor

Writers

Screenplay

Book as Source Material

Company

Production Company

Boston Film Commission

Production Company

Boston Red Sox

Production Company

Central Cenex Casting

Production Company

Citizens of Boston

Production Company

Synopsis

Jan Schlichtmann, a lawyer with a desire to achieve financial and material success without losing his belief in the justice system, agrees to take on two powerful corporations (Beatrice Foods and W.R. Grace) when members of eight families in the Boston industrial suburb of Woburn are stricken with leukemia due to toxic poisoning in their tap water. Instead of being a quick-win case, it becomes a financial black hole into which Schlictmann pours $2.5 million as he fights for years against the bottomless coffers of the corporate world. Though he eventually negotiates an $8,000,000 settlement from W.R. Grace, he falls into a personal state of financial ruin in the process.

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