#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed. Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men and who is also having an affair with one of his students, is given a brief by her that states who probably wanted to see these two men dead. He then gives it to one of his friends, who works for the FBI. When the FBI director reads it, he is fascinated by it. One of the president’s men who read it is afraid that if it ever got out, the president could be smeared. So he advises the president to tell the director to drop it, which he does. But later the professor and the girl were out and he was drunk and when he refused to give her the keys, she stepped out of the car. When he started it, it blew up. She then discovers that her place has been burglarized and what was taken were her computer and her disks. Obviously, her brief has someone agitated. She then turns to her boyfriend’s friend at the FBI. He agrees to come meet her but before he does, someone shoots him and takes his place. At the meeting, he was about to kill her when someone shoots him. She then decides to turn to Gray Grantham, an investigative reporter, who was contacted by someone who says he has info on the killings but backed out at the last minute. He then meets her and tells her what her brief is, and basically, the man she suspects is a good friend of the president, and is trying to manipulate the outcome of a trial that is now before the Supreme Court. Grantham tells her that her brief can harm the president and although all they have are theories, he asks her to help him, but she wants to leave the country. Then Grantham’s editor tells him that they have nothing, that he should drop cause the man she implicated is extremely powerful. Grantham is about to drop it when she says that she will help him. But can they stay alive?
Plot: Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.
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Star appeal lifts a good political thriller
Another John Grisham novel becomes an entertaining thriller that opens with the murder of two Supreme Court justices. A Tulane law clerk suspects that the killings are too much of a coincidence and suggests that a Louisiana oil magnate and the White House may be involved. Determined to find out the truth, the clerk’s research puts her life in danger, which is clear enough when her law professor is killed. Julia Roberts spends most of the film on the run, dodging killers and murder plots. Denzel Washington is a reporter who get pieces of information from an unknown source and eventually Roberts and Washington team up to investigate the assassinations. The film has complicated twists as Roberts and Washington work together to stay out of harm’s way as their investigation points its compass at the White House. The supporting cast is great as are all the tech credits and James Horner contributes a nice music score.
An Enjoyable, Star-Studded, Conspiracy Thriller
Screen adaptations of a number of John Grisham’s best-selling legal thrillers became big box office hits and “The Pelican Brief” certainly falls into this category. With an intriguing plot, numerous action sequences and a star-studded cast, it’s no surprise that it did good business. The political conspiracy at the heart of the story makes this an ideal undertaking for director Alan J Pakula whose previous record of success with this type of material is highly impressive and the insidious way in which he builds up the threatening atmosphere of the piece is one of the movie’s strongest qualities.
Following the assassinations of a couple of Supreme Court Justices, brilliant law student Darby Shaw (Julia Roberts) does some research into any possible similarities between the two men whose political allegiances were known to be very different. Based on her findings, she then writes a brief that outlines her theory about who was responsible for the murders and passes it to her Tulane University law professor Thomas Callahan (Sam Shepherd), who’s also her lover. Callahan passes the brief on to his good friend and FBI lawyer Gavin Verheek (John Heard) who, in turn, passes it up through his chain of command.
Darby’s brief implicates a very wealthy oil tycoon, the FBI and even the White House, so when Callahan is murdered, she suddenly realises that she’s in great danger and goes on the run. In her predicament, it’s difficult to know who she can trust, so when she contacts respected “Washington Herald” investigative journalist Clay Grantham (Denzel Washington) who, coincidentally had also been tipped off about the story by an anonymous caller who got cold feet before disclosing everything he knew. Darby and Grantham then team up to chase the evidence that they need to authenticate her theory, so that Grantham can eventually break the story in his newspaper.
The cast of top class actors in this movie gives the action a great deal of credibility with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington doing particularly well in showing how a bond of trust develops between their characters as they cope with a series of life-threatening situations as well as some other forms of adversity.
Overall, “The Pelican Brief” is an enjoyable movie with the requisite number of chases, shoot-outs and explosions etc and plenty of suspense. Its weakest quality though is its very deliberate pace which prevents it from achieving its potential in terms of excitement.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 21 min (141 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director Alan J. Pakula
Writer John Grisham, Alan J. Pakula
Actors Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Moviecam Compact, Panavision E-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision E-Series Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman EXR 50D 5245, EXR 200T 5293, EXR 500T 5296)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm