Primal Fear

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When a young man, Aaron, is charged with the horrific murder of Archbishop Rushman, hot-shot Chicago lawyer Martin Vail takes on his defense at no charge. Aaron was a homeless street kid before he was taken in by the Archbishop. He's shy and speaks with a stammer. Vail is convinced that Aaron is innocent but after discovering a video that shows Aaron may have had good reason to want the Archbishop dead, he begins to question that conclusion. When Aaron lashes out at the psychologist examining him another personality, Roy, is revealed. With the trial already underway, Vail cannot change Aaron plea and so has to find a way to introduce his client's condition. Aaron has something of a surprise for him as well.

Director: Gregory Hoblit
Writer: William Diehl (novel), Steve Shagan (screenplay), Ann Biderman (screenplay)
Production: Paramount Pictures
Year: 1996
MetaScore: 47/100
ImdbRating: 7.7
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 03 Apr 1996
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 11 nominations.


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Martin Vail - Richard Gere
Janet Venable - Laura Linney
Shaughnessy - John Mahoney
Goodman - Andre Braugher
Pinero - Steven Bauer
Stenner - Joe Spano
Martinez - Tony Plana
Alex - Jon Seda
Connerman - Reg Rogers
Woodside - Brian Reddy
Vail's Secretary - Sigrid K. Zahner
WLS Anchor - Diann Burns
WLS Anchor - Linda Yu
WLS Location Reporter - Andy Shaw
WBBM Anchor - Mary Ann Childers
WBBM Anchor (as Lester D. Holt) - Lester Holt
WBBM Location Reporter - Sylvia Gomez
WBBM Location Reporter - Jon Duncanson
WGN Anchor - David Eckert
WGN Anchor - Robert Jordan
WGN Location Reporter - Joanie Lum
WGN Location Reporter - Randy Salerno
Young Boy - Randall Slavin
Sergeant - Mike Bacarella
Precinct Jailer - Turk Muller
Bartender - Lenny Wilson
Bailiff - Peter Schreiner
Old Man - Joseph R. Ryan
Court Clerk - Wayne Wright
Duty Officer - Tony Fitzpatrick
Arresting Cop - Clarence Williams Jr.
Stenographer - Rosalie V. Lewis
Prison Guard - Dwight Brad Dyer
Pilot - Larry Cook
Pilot - Bob Kenney
Choirboy - Antonio Bardales
Cop - Mike Boss
Banquet Patron - Greg Bronson