When Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon), a young attorney with no clients, goes to work for a seedy ambulance chaser, he wants to help the parents of a terminally ill boy in their suit against an insurance company (represented by a ruthless Jon Voight). But to take on corporate America, Rudy and a scrappy paralegal (Danny DeVito) must open their own law firm.
|Release Date||:||November 18, 1997|
|Genres||:||Drama, Crime, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||Paramount Pictures, Constellation Entertainment|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Francis Ford Coppola|
|Writers||:||Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Herr, John Grisham|
|Casts||:||Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Jon Voight, Claire Danes, Mary Kay Place, Dean Stockwell, Virginia Madsen, Mickey Rourke, Randy Travis, Roy Scheider, Red West, Johnny Whitworth, Andrew Shue, Teresa Wright, Danny Glover, Wayne Emmons, Adrian Roberts|
|Plot Keywords||:||jurors, proof, court case, leukemia, lawyer, courtroom|
I have hardly ever seen a movie that is as good as the novel it is based upon, so I wasn't expecting this movie to be better than the novel. The story isn't as interesting in this movie, but the cast is great, the entertainment value is excellent, and veteran Director Francis Ford Coppola is behind the camera here. Coppola has directed movies like the epic mob masterpiece The Godfather and plenty of other great movies.
This was released a couple of weeks before Matt Damon's huge hit Good Will Hunting, so this is one of his first big roles in a movie. Danny De Vito does a great job in adding plenty of humor to the movie, and Jon Voight adds a lot of dramatic effect to his character.
The story follows a young lawyer who is representing the family of a boy with leukemia who could have had proper treatment, but couldn't because of a seedy insurance company. The movie pretty much follows the book, but the problem is that the book had a few great sub plots that seem absent from the movie, and one scene that happens in the middle of the movie happens in the end of the book. The scene is very intense, but it seems more like it belonged at the end of the movie, rather than the middle.
This is worth watching, it is one of the best Grisham films, and there are plenty of great qualities in it.