Runaway Jury

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Overview

In this legal-thriller based on the novel by John Grisham, several people involved in a court case against a gun manufacturer attempt to manipulate the jury for different reasons. Featuring a film transfer that preserves the original widescreen aspect ratio (a full-creen version was released simultaneously), the DVD for director Gary Fleder's Runaway Jury also allows viewers to select the original English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound or French and Spanish dubbed Dolby Digital Stereo tracks. ...
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Overview

In this legal-thriller based on the novel by John Grisham, several people involved in a court case against a gun manufacturer attempt to manipulate the jury for different reasons. Featuring a film transfer that preserves the original widescreen aspect ratio (a full-creen version was released simultaneously), the DVD for director Gary Fleder's Runaway Jury also allows viewers to select the original English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound or French and Spanish dubbed Dolby Digital Stereo tracks. Along with English, Spanish, and French subtitles, the disc boasts a number of bonus features. Offering a glimpse into the making of the film, Fleder provides optional feature-length audio commentary, while stars Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman lend their voices to shorter scene-specific commentary tracks. For additional behind-the-scenes experiences, five featurettes are included, covering such areas of production as acting, cinematography, and editing. Finally, to see what landed on the cutting room floor, viewers are treated to a selection of deleted scenes that can be played with or without audio commentary by Fleder.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary by director Gary Fleder; Scene-specific commentary by Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman; Deleted scenes with commentary; Five featurettes covering the acting, cinematography, production design, editing, and making of the film
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Runaway Jury is a reasonably entertaining film if you don't think about it too much. It offers relatively tight pacing, an impressive cast, and a plot that combines courtroom drama, fights, chases, and assorted cat-and-mouse games. However, you may be disappointed if you're looking for an airtight plot that doesn't strain credulity or leave any loose ends hanging, a serious exploration of the complex issues that are raised in the story, in-depth character development, or any degree of subtlety. This is a heavy-handed potboiler that demonizes the gun industry and offers only limited opportunity for its talented supporting cast to stretch their acting muscles. You do get a chance to see Gene Hackman (in his third John Grisham film adaptation) and Dustin Hoffman in their first film together, John Cusack is a good fit for the lead role, and the story is generally engaging if you don't mind the plot contrivances. But there's a lot of wasted potential in this movie.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2004
  • UPC: 024543100812
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 53,839

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cusack Nick Easter
Gene Hackman Rankin Fitch
Dustin Hoffman Wendell Rohr
Rachel Weisz Marlee
Bruce Davison Durwood Cable
Jeremy Piven Lawrence Green
Bruce McGill Judge Harkin
Melora Walters
Nick Searcy Doyle
Stanley Anderson Henry Jankle
Cliff Curtis Frank Herrera
Nestor Serrano Janovich
Leland Orser Lamb
Jennifer Beals Vanessa Lembeck
Gerry Bamman Herman Grimes
Joanna Going Celeste Wood
Bill Nunn Lonnie Shaver
Juanita Jennings Loreen Duke
Marguerite Moreau Amanda Monroe
Nora Dunn Stella Hulic
Guy Torry Eddie Weese
Rusty Schwimmer Millie Dupree
Michael Arata Raines
Jason Davis Phillip Savelle
Deacon Dawson Hoppy Dupree
Corri English Lydia Deets
Wayne Ferrara Special Agent Novecki
Stuart Greer Kincaid
Douglas M. Griffin Terry Docken
Rhoda Griffis Rikki Coleman
Gary Grubbs Dobbs
Luis Guzman Jerry Fernandez
Fahnlohnee R. Harris Sylvia Deshazo
Lori Heuring Maxine
David Jensen Shamburg
Orlando Jones Jerome
Mark Jeffrey Miller Vaughn
Stephen Milton Darren
Carol Sutton Lou Dell
Irene Ziegler Peggy Grimes
Technical Credits
Gary Fleder Director, Producer
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Deborah Aquila Casting
Matthew Chapman Screenwriter
Rick Cleveland Screenwriter
Nelson Coates Production Designer
Jeffrey Downer Executive Producer
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
Lisa Mae Fincannon Casting
Chad S. Frey Set Decoration/Design
Brian Koppelman Screenwriter
David Levien Screenwriter
Christopher Mankiewicz Producer
Jay Meagher Sound/Sound Designer
Arnon Milchan Producer
Abigail Murray Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Plauche Art Director
Adele Plauche Set Decoration/Design
Yessa Posnasky Set Decoration/Design
Wylie Stateman Sound/Sound Designer
William Steinkamp Editor
Tricia Wood Casting
Christopher Young Score Composer
Christopher Young Score Composer
Michael Zimbrich Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. The Shooting
3. A Jury Consultant
4. Rankin Fitch
5. Jury Duty
6. Jury Selection
7. The Gun Lobby
8. Juror Number 9
9. Electing a Foreman
10. A Case History
11. Working Late
12. Nick's Influence
13. Gathering Information
14. A New Juror
15. Another Break-In
16. Meeting Marlee
17. The Sequestered Jury
18. A Missing Witness
19. Nick's History
20. Guns and Lawyers
21. Meeting With Fitch
22. Closing Statements
23. Jury Deliberations
24. Childhood Memories
25. Fitch's Connection
26. The Jury's Decision
27. Facing the Past
28. End Titles
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Language Selection
      Commentary by Director Gary Fleder
      English 5.1 Dolby Surround
      Spanish Dolby Surround
      French Dolby Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Gary Fleder
      Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary by Director Gary Fleder: Nick Calls Marlee From the Motel
      Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary by Director Gary Fleder: Someone's on the Take
      Commentary: On
      Commentary: Off
      Selected Scene Commentary - The Washroom: Dustin Hoffman
      Selected Scene Commentary - The Bar: Gene Hackman
      Exploring the Scene: Hackman & Hoffman Together
      On the Cuff: Hackman & Hoffman
      The Ensemble: Acting
      The Making of Runaway Jury
      Shadow & Light: Cinematography
      A Vision of New Orleans: Production Design
      Rhythm: The Craft of Editing
      Man on Fire Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    I enjoyed this movie greatly. It held my attention all the way through. The actors were fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very well done.

    Excellent cast, direction. Fast-paced. Gene Hackman makes an equally great villain or hero. Shifting to guns (from tobacco) made it more interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    so so

    Liked the book more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Agreement w/Zetta

    If a movie is to be made based on a book, Please don't change the plot to fit your own personal agenda. If you are anti-something, at least come up with your own story and not steal someone elses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gag me!

    I'm so disappointed in this movie. For one thing, there was absolutely no point in switching it from a cigarette company to a gun manufacturer (sp?). For another, it sucked! The book was excellent, but I wouldn't pay a dime to see this movie again. A total waste of money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good indictment of corporate greed.

    Okay, okay, this story is both familiar and very melodramatic. But, the acting was outstanding. The performances of the three leads make up for the redundancies in the plot. This was the best acting I have seen from Dustin Hoffman in a long time. Gene Hackman is terriffic aagain as a despicable villain. As for the change from cigarrettes to guns, that is not important. I guess it was done to push emotional buttons. This is all a backdrop, the real theme is the struggle against corporate greed. Corporations will have no qualms about endangering consumers, as long as there is a profit involved.

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