Primal Fear | 1996

Drama, Adaptation
A defense lawyer volunteers his services to a teenager--with multiple personality disorder--charged with the murder of a Chicago archbishop. Complicating the matter is that the archbishop may have molested young ...more
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Awards: 1 Golden Globe win. Another 1 win & 3 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Martin Vail

Actor

... Janet Venable

Actor

... Dr Molly Arrington

Actor

... John Shaughnessy

Actor

... Aaron Stampler

Actor

... Tommy Goodman

Actor

... Judge Miriam Shoat

Actor

... Yancy

Actor

... Archbishop Rushman

Actor

... Naomi Chance

Actor

... Joey Pinero

Actor

... Abel Stenner

Actor

Company

Cenex Inc

Production Company

Production Company

Production Company

Cook County Department of Corrections

Production Company

Cook County Sheriff's Department

Production Company

Synopsis

Arrogant, brilliant and successful, criminal defense attorney Martin Vail loves a good fight and the media spotlight, both of which he knowingly invites when he volunteers to represent a penniless, bewildered young man accused of murder. The victim is one of Chicago's most prominent dignitaries, a Catholic archbishop, and the defendant's guilt seems as evident as the blood found splattered on his clothes. But Vail doesn't concern himself with questions of guilt or innocence. All he cares about is creating and selling his version of the truth. All he cares about is winning. As his involvement with his client deepens, however, Vail's consuming need to win, his antagonism toward his former boss in the prosecutor's office, his complicated relationship wtih his recent lover who is the prosecutor in this case, and his unexpected feelings for his client, combine to blind him to the trap awaiting him.

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