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A Civil Action 1998

  • Steven Zaillian
  • December 25, 1998
  • 115 mins
  • English
  • Drama
Justice has its price.
Jan Schlickmann is a cynical lawyer who goes out to "get rid of" a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything - including his career and his clients' goals, in order to continue the case against all odds.


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It is neither the advertised thriller (because for that, it would need to thrill, which it absolutely does not) nor a good movie (because that would need an interesting story and good acting, which is not the case, especially not in the case of Travolta). To me, two hours about a lawyer's transformation from cash-hungry macho to totally broke Average-Joe are just boring!

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this court thriller is not about the case only, it's also about the system and the job as a lawyer.

William H. Macy is just brillant in his performance.

You are a lawyer or want to become one ? Watch this movie and look at the wall that you want to climb.


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