Just Cause

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Overview

The novel by John Katzenbach becomes this legal thriller starring Sean Connery as Harvard Law School professor Paul Armstrong. A legal expert whose days of trying cases are long behind him, Armstrong is moved by a plea he receives from a Florida death row inmate, Bobby Earl (Blair Underwood). It seems that the educated, upstanding Earl has been railroaded by an overeager sheriff (Laurence Fishburne) zealously trying to solve the kidnapping and murder of a little girl. Once Armstrong arrives in Florida, he is able...
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Overview

The novel by John Katzenbach becomes this legal thriller starring Sean Connery as Harvard Law School professor Paul Armstrong. A legal expert whose days of trying cases are long behind him, Armstrong is moved by a plea he receives from a Florida death row inmate, Bobby Earl (Blair Underwood). It seems that the educated, upstanding Earl has been railroaded by an overeager sheriff (Laurence Fishburne) zealously trying to solve the kidnapping and murder of a little girl. Once Armstrong arrives in Florida, he is able to locate the murder weapon and cast doubt on Earl's innocence, even identifying a much more likely culprit in the homicidal genius Blair Sullivan (Ed Harris). All is not as it seems in the case of Bobby Earl, however, and Armstrong is going to end up regretting his interest in the case. Ruby Dee, Kate Capshaw, and Ned Beatty costar in this film from producer-turned-director Arne Glimcher.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/2009
  • UPC: 883929091522
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged / Pan & Scan / Dubbed
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,807

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery Paul Armstrong
Laurence Fishburne Tanny Brown
Kate Capshaw Laurie Armstrong
Blair Underwood Bobby Earl
Ed Harris Blair Sullivan
Christopher Murray Wilcox
Scarlett Johansson Kate
Ruby Dee Evangeline
Daniel J. Travanti Warden
Ned Beatty McNair
Liz Torres Delores
Lynne Thigpen Ida Conklin
Victor Slezak Sgt. Rogers
Kevin McCarthy Phil Prentiss
Hope Lange Libby Prentiss
Chris Sarandon Lyle Morgan
George Plimpton Elder Phillips
Brooke Alderson Dr. Doliveau
Colleen Fitzpatrick Prosecutor
Richard Liberty Chaplin
Melanie Hughes Receptionist
Gary Landon Mills Prisoner
Tony Bolano Prisoner
Taral Hicks Lena
Technical Credits
Arnold Glimcher Director, Producer
Danny Aiello III Stunts
Michael Alden Associate Producer
William M. Anderson Editor
Pete Antico Stunts
Kerry Barden Casting
Dennis Bradford Art Director
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Cloudia Set Decoration/Design
Sean Connery Executive Producer
Ray Delamotte Camera Operator
Scott Eddo Makeup
Gary Foster Co-producer
Mark Garner Set Decoration/Design
Billy Hopkins Casting
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Gary Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Lajos Koltai Cinematographer
Maria Nay Set Decoration/Design
Steve Perry Producer
Tom Reilly Asst. Director
Anna Reinhardt Co-producer
Lee Rich Producer
Lauren Rodriguez Special Effects
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Peter Stone Screenwriter
Jeb Stuart Screenwriter
Alexander Witt Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Just Cause
1. Bobby Earl Goes for a Ride [3:47]
2. Debating the Death Penalty [3:28]
3. His Name on It [2:03]
4. A Little Bloody is Good for the Soul [3:33]
5. The Case Against Bobby Earl [6:07]
6. Confessing to Tanny Brown [3:30]
7. How Convenient; the Professor Is Impressed [3:53]
8. They Wanted Their Revenge [2:54]
9. Tearing Open a Wound [2:48]
10. Smack Dab in the Middle of Hell [4:01]
11. Daddy's Girl; a Message for Armstrong [1:50]
12. Pulling at Threads [2:59]
13. Two Death Sentences [3:31]
14. Making It Right [3:23]
15. Blair Sullivan; Ice in Their Eyes [3:02]
16. Filled with Power - and the Bible [4:24]
17. A Photo of Two Friends [2:50]
18. Reading the Signs [6:20]
19. Sullivan's Letter [2:30]
20. The Verdict; Got 'em All Fooled [2:24]
21. Sullivan's Request [2:42]
22. Sullivan's Family [3:04]
23. Played Like a Tune [3:41]
24. Sentence Executed [2:20]
25. Taken for a Ride [6:26]
26. Bobby Earl's Background [3:31]
27. Ambushed; Bobby Earl's Purpose [1:38]
28. The Tune Plays Out [2:55]
29. Able to Sleep at Night [1:52]
30. End Credits [4:28]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Seat Gripping Saga

    This movie carried through until the very end with drama, enticement, mystery and excitement. The characters were believable which only added to the 'it could happen in any town' feeling the movie provoked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazingly well acted and directed.

    Outstanding performances by Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne in the lead roles. Tours de Force by Ed Harris and Ned Beatty in vital supporting roles. Kate Capshaw is complete and believable (and quietly lovely} as Professor Armstrong's wife who has more than a professional interest in seeing the handsome charmer (Blair Underwood) acquitted: her conscience has bothered her since her trial lawyer debut in the defendant's conviction eight years earlier. The plot seems convoluted at times, but the mixture of violence and suspense set in the haunting and menacing back bayou country surrounding the small southern town keeps the viewer thoroughly involved. The contrast between the local sheriff (Fishburne} and the Harvard Law professor (Connery), key to the movie's motion, would falter and fail were it not for the virtuosity of the actors' diction and timing.

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    Posted November 14, 2008

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