Primal Fear

1996 - ENGLISH - MOVIE

Crime Drama Mystery Thriller

Prominent defense attorney Martin Vail takes on the case of a young altar boy accused of murdering the Archbishop of Chicago, believing in his innocence despite evidence pointing towards his guilt, only to uncover a conspiracy involving powerful figures and face a difficult choice regarding the use of a revealing videotape as evidence, resulting in the declaration of not guilty by reason of insanity, but later discovering that the accused had faked his split personalities, leaving Vail shocked and disillusioned. Primal Fear is a 1996 American English-language Crime Drama film starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, Frances Mcdormand, Edward Norton and Dave Thompson. The movie is inspired from Primal Fear by William Diehl. Rysher Entertainment was the production house involved in the project along with executive producer(s) Gary Lucchesi, Howard W. Koch and Jr. Primal Fear is written by William Diehl, Steve Shagan and Ann Biderman and it is directed by Gregory Hoblit. Paramount Pictures acquired the distribution rights for the movie. Primal Fear was released on 3rd April 1996 and takes a screen time of 130 minutes. The Film was successful at box office. Primal Fear was made on a budget of $30 million and it was a super hit at box office gross of $102 million. The screenplay for the movie was written by Steve Shagan and Ann Biderman. Cinematography was done by Michael Chapman and editing by David Rosenbloom. The music was composed by James Newton Howard.
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  • Jini Score
    9.6/10
  • Critics Score
    76%
  • Rating
    7.7/10
  • Jini Score
    9.6%
  • Critics Score
    76
  • Rating
    7.7
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Release Date03 APR 1996
Budget$ 30 MILLION
Language

English, Mandarin, Spanish, French

Genre

Crime , Drama , Mystery , Thriller

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Primal Fear Reviews and Ratings

Average Review Rating : positive

74.75%

Positive Review Rating : 76%

76%
    • Alison Macor

      With Primal Fear, Hoblit blends the grittiness of NYPD Blue with a fairly taut thriller that sustains its tension until the films compelling final scenes. ( Read More )
    • Roger Ebert

      The plot is as good as crime procedurals get, but the movie is really better than its plot because of the three dimensional characters. ( Read More )
    • Robert Roten

      Director Gregory Hoblit develops the film smoothly, but the courtroom details dont ring true. ( Read More )
    • Emanuel Levy

      An unsettling drama, Primal Fear brims with dark secrets twists and turns. ( Read More )
    • James Berardinelli

      Despite high production standards and a slick advertising campaign, Primal Fear is as trite and routine as any made for TV courtroom drama. ( Read More )
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