Primal Fear

Primal Fear (1996)

Sooner or later, a man who wears two faces forgets which one is real.

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An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a 3rd person in the room. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone's perception of the crime.

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  • Richard Gere

    as Martin Vail
  • Edward Norton

    as Aaron Stampler
  • Laura Linney

    as Janet Venable
  • John Mahoney

    as John Shaughnessy
  • Frances McDormand

    as Dr. Molly Arrington
  • Terry O'Quinn

    as Bud Yancy
  • Andre Braugher

    as Tommy Goodman
  • Steven Bauer

    as Joey Pinero
  • Joe Spano

    as Captain Abel Stenner
  • Tony Plana

    as Martinez
  • Alfre Woodard

    as Richterin Miriam Shoat
  • Maura Tierney

    as Naomi Chance
  • Reg Rogers

    as Jack Connerman
  • Jon Seda

    as Alex
  • Azalea Davila

    as Linda Forbes
  • Stanley Anderson

    as Archbishop Richard Rushman
Directing Gregory Hoblit Director
Writing William Diehl Novel
Writing Steve Shagan Screenplay
Writing Ann Biderman Screenplay
Camera Michael Chapman Director of Photography
Editing David Rosenbloom Editor
Sound James Newton Howard Original Music Composer
Art Jeannine Oppewall Production Design
Art Paul Allen Set Dresser
Production Gary Lucchesi Producer