[10] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale. © IMDb.com, Inc. or its affiliates. All numbers are for worldwide box office, per boxofficemojo.com. A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger. 'Mrs. [5] The Pelican Brief was released on DVD on September 7, 2010, by Warner Home Video. Soon after, Callahan is killed by a car bomb; Darby manages to avoid the same fate and is subsequently attacked by an unknown assailant. John Grisham. See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records. She gives the brief to her law professor/lover Thomas Callahan (Sam Shepard), who in turn gives a copy to his good friend Gavin Verheek (John Heard), special counsel to the Director of the FBI. Darby visits White & Blazevich, pretending to have an appointment with Morgan, and is told that he had been killed. Realizing that her brief was accurate, she goes into hiding and reaches out to Verheek for assistance. An informant calling himself Garcia contacts Washington Herald reporter Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington) with information about the assassinations, but suddenly disappears. News | Daily | Although there's plenty of suspense as Darby and Gray evade her pursuers, the director eschews the cheaper tricks of the trade, respecting the audience's ability to keep track of what's going on. The site's consensus states: "Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington are a compelling team in the overlong Pelican Brief, a pulpy thriller that doesn't quite justify the intellectual remove of Alan J. Pakula's direction. A plane is arranged for Darby to flee the country. With this evidence, Grantham writes his story. Thriller. "[14], "Pelican' Soars at the Box Office Movies: The mystery, with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, takes in more than $16 million. The box office totals do not factor in inflation. Also, Brief is a relatively gore-free thriller, with most of the violence effectively conveyed offscreen. [4] The film was released on Blu-ray on February 10, 2009, by Warner Home Video. Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Suspecting that his murder was related to the incriminating information, she and Grantham visit his widow, who gives them a key to a safe deposit box. A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger. [11], Pat Collins, from WWOR-TV, said that the film was "A heart-stopping, spine-chilling, adrenaline-pumping, run-for-your-life thriller." Conditions of Use Cast information Crew information Company information News Box office. [6], The Pelican Brief grossed $100.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $94.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $195.3 million,[2][7][8] against a production budget of $45 million. Brand rankings Darby's computer, disks, and files disappear from her home, where she is again attacked but manages to escape. company. Showdowns. A court appeal to deny Mattiece the drilling rights is expected to reach the Supreme Court. Before Khamel can kill Darby, he is shot and killed by an unknown person. "[13] Film critic Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote in her review: "The Pelican Brief is best watched as a celebration of liquid brown eyes and serious star quality, thanks to the casting of Ms. Roberts and Denzel Washington in its leading roles. The tape confirms Darby's theory, as Morgan's documents prove his own discovery that Mattiece ordered the assassination of the Justices. theaters, 6.7 weeks average run per theater. The film, which features music composed by James Horner, was the last film that featured Pakula as both writer and director before his death.[3]. Privacy Policy The Pelican Brief [Movies Anywhere HD, Vudu HD or iTunes HD via Movies Anywhere] Rating Required Select Rating 1 star (worst) 2 stars 3 stars (average) 4 stars 5 stars (best) Name A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger. The film was praised by critics for its acting, directing, and suspense, and although it was a box office disappointment, it currently holds a solid 73% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Mystery When Grantham tells her about Garcia, they discover that the man is Curtis Morgan, a lawyer in the oil and gas division at the Washington, DC law firm of White & Blazevich. Sometime later, Darby is watching a TV interview of Grantham where it is revealed that Mattiece and four partners at White & Blazevich have been indicted in federal court, the President's chief of staff Fletcher Coal has resigned, and the President (who received $4.2 million in contributions from Mattiece) will not run for reelection. He reveals the President ordered the FBI to "back off," and that the CIA is investigating Mattiece, with one of them killing Khamel to save Darby's life. JPBox-Office, site sur les statistiques du cinema, , Box-Office: tous les chiffres du cinema en france, aux etats-unis et dans le monde. Darby has surmised that Mattiece, hoping to turn the case in his favor, is behind the justices' murders; these two justices differ in their opinions on everything except protecting the environment. 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