- Title The Pelican Brief
- Director Alan J. Pakula
- Year 1993
- Run time 2hrs 21m
- Genres Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Drama
- Tagline One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.
Academy-Award winner Julia Roberts plays Darby Shaw who finds herself embroiled in a terrifying web of intrigue extending to the highest levels of government after she writes a speculative legal brief exposing the illegal activities of a powerful oil magnate. When those close to her are killed by assassins, the young woman embarks on a desperate flight with a Washington DC, investigative reporter (Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Denzel Washington) her only confidant and ally.
|2:21||I’ve definitely read this but what are the chances I remember it?|
|4:21||“Never fails to amaze me what a man will do to get in the Oval Office.”|
|5:54||Wow, Stanley Tucci has a lot of hair.|
|10:58||Debate in class is great, I don’t think I’d have been any good at it though.|
|19:38||I like that she’s gone full detective for no apparent reason.|
|27:33||Someone who asks if he’s being traced, etc, isn’t going to give you his name, is he.|
|29:46||Ooh, he’s a sneaky journalist.|
|31:58||Amazing that some guy gave it to some other guy in a bar and now it’s in front of the president.|
|38:42||Just what you need is a big street party, and yet it somehow is just what she needs.|
|42:30||“Are you asking me to back off a suspect Mr President?” with such a knowing smile.|
|45:28||Oof to be suspicious of everyone.|
|51:11||Well, his life as a journalist is super mysterious, all these phone calls.|
|1:04:21||I thought she had seen him when she was looking out the window.|
|1:09:31||“Everyone I’ve told about the brief is dead.” “I’ll take my chances.”|
|1:13:47||That’s a really nice hotel room.|
|1:20:24||“If you disappear, so does justice.” No pressure or anything.|
|1:25:04||Cabin in the rain is the dream but… not in the scary woods.|
|1:53:14||Oof, car bombing again. These people are the actual worst.|
|2:05:08||These are some smug face phone calls.|
|2:11:31||You can’t take off in a plane and then decide where to go. Flight plans are there for a reason.|
This was a really good one. I’ve read the book but couldn’t remember anything about it so it was presented as a brand new thriller to me. Julia Roberts was excellent and I love Denzel so that was just a dream team of casting.
The story is Grisham at his best, although I have to admit to get a bit confused with the sheer volume of bad guys and there were a handful of questions I had at the end that they tried to explain but I still didn’t quite get.
Nevertheless, it was brilliant, the two hours flew by and now I want to read the book again.
Rating: 4 / 5