Runaway Jury

Runaway Jury

DVD - 2004
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After a man dies in a shooting incident, his wife files a lawsuit against the company that manufactured the gun. Her lawyer argues that the firm in question knew the shop which sold the weapon was not following federal regulations. As the case goes to trial, the firearm manufacturer takes no chances on the outcome, and they hire Rankin Fitch, a "jury consultant" who makes it his business to see that he knows enough about the jurors to be able to guarantee the result of the trial.

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Reading_Right
Dec 05, 2017

Besides just being bad, and completely absurd, the Leftist propaganda in this film is more than the dominant factor. Just the idiotic anti-gun agenda alone, couldn't stand up to any thinking person in a rational discussion, which is why it permeates the film, so as to be portrayed as credibly realistic. Yeah. Right...

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Sep 24, 2016

Gene Hackman as usual a great bad guy. Dustin Hoffman plays a lesser role, but you just can't fault this great actor. And John Cusack performs one of his better roles. It's a movie, and ends like I feel most good people would wish. I only wish the USA would finally come to its senses and get their gun controls underhand. Nobody, but nobody needs military style weapons in their homes. If you want to shoot this type of weapon it should be locked up at a shooting range where the owners can shoot at targets. As a marksman/sniper in my 1960s British Service you can't imagine how powerful these weapons are. Called "Falling Plates" we ran from 200 yards to 100 yards and shot at half inch thick steel plates. And at that range of 100 yards the bullets went clear through the steel. and that's in 1960. but off my soap box. I think the majority will like this movie.

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akirakato
Jan 03, 2013

Runaway Jury is a 2003 American drama/thriller film directed by Gary Fleder. It is an adaptation of John Grisham's novel. In New Orleans, a failed day trader at a stock brokerage firm shows up at his former workplace and opens fire on his former colleagues, then turns the gun on himself. Among the dead is Jacob Wood. Two years later, with pro bono attorney Wendell Rohr (Dustin Hoffman), Jacob's widow Celeste takes Vicksburg Firearms to court on the grounds that the company's gross negligence led to her husband's death. As the case goes to trial, the firearm manufacturer takes no chances on the outcome, and they hire Rankin Fitch (Gene Hackman), a "jury consultant" who makes it his business to see that he knows enough about the jurors to be able to guarantee the result of the trial. Before I viewed this film, I happened to come to know the school shootong, in which on December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, aged 20, killed 27 people and himself at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. He first killed his mother at their shared home before taking her guns and driving to the school. During the attack, 20 first-grade children aged six and seven were killed, along with six adults, including the principal and the school psychologist. I knew there have been a great number of school shooting tragedies in North America---in the States in particular. So when, in this movie, the gun manufacturer is found liable, with the jury awarding $110 million in general damages to Celeste Wood, I felt that justice has been done. After all, however, the film is quite unrealistic and unbelievable because I can hardly believe that you could buy a verdict relying on a single juror---Nick Easter (John Cusack), an electronics store clerk on the surface, but in realty a talented former law student drop-out with a hidden motive to help the shooting victims in his hometown. If I hadn't seen two big names---Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman on the DVD cover, I wouldn't have viewed
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Nov 11, 2008

Of about the same quality & entertainment value as a good courtroom-drama television show--and that's not saying much, considering the film's high-powered cast.

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