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A Civil Action (1998)

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Release Date
 USA: Dec 25, 1998
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jul 13, 1999
 R2: 6 Nov 2000

Budget $60,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for some strong language.

Running Time
1 hour, 52 minutes

Country USA

Studio Paramount, Touchstone Pictures

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Genre: Drama, Courtroom, Law, True Story, Suspense

Tagline: Justice has its price.

Plot: Jan Schlichtmann, a tenacious young lawyer, is confronted with the litigation of a lifetime in this unbelievable real-life story. Several families in the small town of Woburn, Massachusetts, have suffered the tragic losses of their children to the rare cancer known as leukemia. After having their claim rejected by most law firms in town, these citizens approach Schlichtmann with the possibility that the deaths of their children may have had to do with Woburn's drinking water supply being contaminated by a couple of local businesses. The rub lies in the fact that these businesses are offshoots of two of the most powerful national corporations in the country! Schlichtmann must push his skill and craftiness as a lawyer to the limit in order to oust his opponents, who are working with a limitless bankroll. Based on the great fact-based novel.

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 Directed by
Steven Zaillian
Searching for Bobby Fischer, All the King's Men, Schindler's List
 Written by
Steven Zaillian
Schindler's List, Awakenings, The Falcon and the Snowman
John Travolta
Pulp Fiction, Face/Off, The Thin Red Line
Robert Duvall
The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now
Tony Shalhoub
Men in Black, Gattaca, Men in Black II
William H. Macy
Fargo, Magnolia, Jurassic Park III
Zeljko Ivanek
Black Hawk Down, Hannibal, Dogville
John Lithgow
Shrek, Cliffhanger, The Pelican Brief
Kathleen Quinlan
Apollo 13, Event Horizon, American Graffiti
 Music By
Danny Elfman
Good Will Hunting, Spider-Man 2, Men in Black

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