Jan Schlickmann is a cynical lawyer who goes out to 'get rid of' a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything—including his career and his clients' goals—in order to continue the case against all odds.

  1. Steven Zaillian

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. John Travolta

    John Travolta

    Jan Schlichtmann

  2. Robert Duvall

    Robert Duvall

    Jerome Facher

  3. Tony Shalhoub

    Tony Shalhoub

    Kevin Conway

  4. William H. Macy

    William H. Macy

    James Gordon

  5. Zeljko Ivanek

    Zeljko Ivanek

    Bill Crowley

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A Civil Action
A Civil Action


Status Released

Release Information

  • December 25, 1998


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 55m

Budget $70,000,000.00

Revenue $56,702,901.00



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