The Pelican Brief | Full Movie

The Pelican Brief
  • PG-13
  • 2h 21m
  • 1993
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Academy Award winners Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington star in this thriller about a young law student whose theory about the recent deaths of two Supreme Court justices embroils her in a web of greed, corruption and murder that reaches to the very top of the United States government.

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Variety
Brian Lowry
Fresh

Pakula has improved on Grisham's book by excising much of the detritus, crafting a taut, intellige...

May 3, 2018
Time Out
Derek Adams
Rotten

An old hand at this sort of thing, Pakula goes through the motions, but not much more.

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin
Rotten

As the film piles on shovelfuls of further exposition, Mr. Washington and Ms. Roberts are left to...

May 3, 2018
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Common Sense Says
Tense Grisham-based thriller is well cast but talky.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Pelican Brief is relatively free of foul language, violence, or explicit sex. But one brief scene features a murder in a porno theater; the main character is shown in a heavy clinch with a boyfriend, and several characters are killed over the course of the film (though gore is at a minimum).

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Mystery, Drama
  • Release Date:December 17, 1993
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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