Runaway Jury

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  • PG-13
When a young widow in New Orleans brings a civil suit against the powerful corporate consortium she holds responsible for her husband's murder, she sets in motion a multi-million dollar case. It's a suit that may be won even before it begins, however,... read more
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When a young widow in New Orleans brings a civil suit against the powerful corporate consortium she holds responsible for her husband's murder, she sets in motion a multi-million dollar case. It's a suit that may be won even before it begins, however, based solely on the selection, manipulation, and ultimately, the attempted "theft" of the jury. Representing the widow is Wendell Rohr (Dustin Hoffman), a courtly Southern lawyer with a moral center and a heartfelt passion for the case he's presenting. His opponent is ostensibly the attorney representing the corporation. In reality, defense counsel is only the front man for Rankin Fitch (Gene Hackman), a brilliant and ruthless jury consultant. At a high-tech command center set up in an old French Quarter warehouse, Fitch and his team work on the surveillance and assessment of potential jurors. He will know everything about their lives, and strategically manipulate the jury selection process. The only acceptable result is the perfect jury to vote in favor of his client. Fitch and Rohr soon realize they're not the only ones out to win the jury. One of the jurors, Nick Easter (John Cusack), seems to have his own plan for swaying the panel. A mysterious woman known only as Marlee (Rachel Weisz) contacts both Rohr and Fitch, telling them the jury's for sale to either of them... and that the verdict won't come cheap. While the case is argued in court, a dangerous cat-and-mouse game begins to play out in New Orleans' French Quarter. Rohr's mortality is put to the test, and Fitch is poised to cross the line from selecting a jury to stealing it... no matter who gets hurt in the process.

Original Release

01/16/2003

US Release

10/17/2003

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Cast

Bruce McGill Judge Harkin
Dustin Hoffman Wendell Rohr
Gene Hackman Rankin Fitch
John Cusack Nicholas Easter
Jeremy Piven Lawrence Green
Rachel Weisz Marlee
Bruce Davison Durwood Cable
Nick Searcy Doyle
Stanley Anderson Henry Jankle
Nestor Serrano Janovich
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Gary Fleder

Writers

Rick Cleveland, Matthew Chapman, Brian Koppelman, David Levien, John Grisham

Cast

Bruce McGill Judge Harkin
Dustin Hoffman Wendell Rohr
Gene Hackman Rankin Fitch
John Cusack Nicholas Easter
Jeremy Piven Lawrence Green
Rachel Weisz Marlee
Bruce Davison Durwood Cable
Nick Searcy Doyle
Stanley Anderson Henry Jankle
Nestor Serrano Janovich
Cliff Curtis Frank Herrera
Leland Orser Lamb
Jennifer Beals Vanessa Lembeck
Joanna Going Celeste Wood
Wayne Ferrara Agent Novecki
Orlando Jones Russell
Peter Jurasik Professor Phelan
Guy Torry Eddie Weese
Gerry Bamman Herman Grimes
Dylan McDermott Jacob Wood / Jacob Woods

Producers

Editors

William Steinkamp

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