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

4.5 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

76% TOMATOMETER

Critics Consensus: Primal Fear is a straightforward yet entertaining thriller elevated by a crackerjack performance from Edward Norton.

17+ COMMON SENSE

Courtroom thriller has strong language, sex abuse, violence.

Cast & Crew

Information

Studio
Paramount Pictures
Genre
Drama
Released
Copyright

Languages

Primary
English (Dolby 5.1, Stereo, CC, AD)
Additional

Cantonese (Subtitles), Dutch (Subtitles), German (Subtitles), Hebrew (Subtitles), Portuguese (Subtitles), Russian (Subtitles), Spanish (Stereo, Subtitles), Thai (Subtitles), Traditional Chinese (Subtitles)

Accessibility

CC
Closed captions (CC) refer to subtitles in the available language with the addition of relevant non-dialogue information.
AD
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.

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