For high-powered Chicago attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere), guilty or innocent are not degrees to decide. His job is to defend—especially when a case might put his name in the headlines and further his career. When Vail hears that a penniless altar boy (Edward Norton) is accused of murdering the local archbishop, he snaps up the case, eager for the media spotlight. Little does he know that it will uncover a viper's nest of corruption, pit him against a prosecutor (Laura Linney) who's his ex-lover, and test all his skill, judgement and even his win-at-any-cost attitude.
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Ratings and Reviews
Critics Consensus: Primal Fear is a straightforward yet entertaining thriller elevated by a crackerjack performance from Edward Norton.
Courtroom thriller has strong language, sex abuse, violence.
Cast & Crew
- Paramount Pictures
- © 1995 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
- English (Dolby 5.1, Stereo, CC, AD)
Cantonese (Subtitles), Dutch (Subtitles), German (Subtitles), Hebrew (Subtitles), Portuguese (Subtitles), Russian (Subtitles), Spanish (Stereo, Subtitles), Thai (Subtitles), Traditional Chinese (Subtitles)
- Closed captions (CC) refer to subtitles in the available language with the addition of relevant non-dialogue information.
- Audio descriptions (AD) refer to a narration track describing what is happening on screen, to provide context for those who are blind or have low vision.