Primal Fear

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An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a 3rd person in the room. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone's perception of the crime and what happens next...

  1. Ann Biderman


  2. Steve Shagan


  3. William Diehl


  4. Gregory Hoblit


Top Billed Cast

  1. Richard Gere

    Richard Gere

    Martin Vail

  2. Edward Norton

    Edward Norton

    Aaron Stampler

  3. Laura Linney

    Laura Linney

    Janet Venable

  4. John Mahoney

    John Mahoney

    John Shaughnessy

  5. Frances McDormand

    Frances McDormand

    Dr. Molly Arrington

  6. Terry O'Quinn

    Terry O'Quinn

    Bud Yancy

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 9m

Budget $30,000,000.00

Revenue $102,616,183.00

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Release Information

  • April 3, 1996
    R, Theatrical



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