Primal Fear

Primal Fear (1996)

Sooner or later, a man who wears two faces forgets which one is real.

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Release Date: 1996-03-06
  • User Rating: 7.6/10 from 3056 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 9min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Paramount
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Gregory Hoblit
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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 third person in the room.

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  • Richard Gere

    as Martin Vail
  • Laura Linney

    as Janet Venable
  • Edward Norton

    as Aaron
  • John Mahoney

    as Shaughnessy
  • Alfre Woodard

    as Shoat
  • Frances McDormand

    as Molly
  • Terry O'Quinn

    as Yancy
  • Andre Braugher

    as Goodman
  • Steven Bauer

    as Pinero
  • Joe Spano

    as Stenner
  • Tony Plana

    as Martinez
  • Stanley Anderson

    as Rushman
  • Maura Tierney

    as Naomi
  • Jon Seda

    as Alex
  • Reg Rogers

    as Connerman
  • Kenneth Tigar

    as Weil
  • Brian Reddy

    as Woodside
  • Christopher Carroll

    as M.C.
  • Wendy Cutler

    as Lou
  • Ron O.J. Parson

    as Turner
  • Sigrid K. Zahner

    as Vail's Secretary
  • Dianne Burns

    as WLS Anchor
  • Linda Yu

    as WLS Anchor
  • Andy Shaw

    as WLS Location Reporter
  • Mary Ann Childers

    as WBBM Anchor
  • Lester Holt

    as WBBM Anchor
  • Sylvia Gomez

    as WBBM Location Reporter
  • Jon Duncanson

    as WBBN Location Reporter
  • Greg Bronson

    as Banquet Patron (uncredited)
  • David Eckert

    as WGN Anchor
  • Robert Jordan

    as WGN Anchor
  • Joanie Lum

    as WGN Location Reporter
  • Randy Salerno

    as WGN Location Reporter
  • Kyle Colerider-Krugh

    as Postman
  • Joseph Luis Caballero

    as Joe
  • Randall Slavin

    as Young Boy
  • Mike Bacarella

    as Sergeant
  • Turk Muller

    as Precinct Jailer
  • Joseph F. Kosala

    as Cop
  • Lenny Wilson

    as Bartender
  • Peter Schreiner

    as Bailiff
  • Joseph R. Ryan

    as Old Man
  • Azalea Davila

    as Linda
  • Wayne Wright

    as Court Clerk
  • Tony Fitzpatrick

    as Duty Officer
  • Clarence Williams, Jr.

    as Arresting Cop
  • Rosalie V. Lewis

    as Stenographer
  • Dwight Brad Dyer

    as Prison Guard
  • Larry Cook

    as Pilot
  • Bob Kenney

    as Pilot
Camera Michael Chapman Director of Photography
Sound James Newton Howard Original Music Composer
Art Cindy Carr Set Decoration
Production Gary Lucchesi Producer
Production Deborah Aquila Casting
Crew Ray Lykins Stunts
Sound Marilyn Graf Foley Mixer
Art Jeannine Oppewall Production Design
Production Hawk Koch Executive Producer
Sound Jim Weidman Music Editor
Directing Gregory Hoblit Director
Writing William Diehl Novel
Writing Steve Shagan Screenplay
Writing Ann Biderman Screenplay
Editing David Rosenbloom Editor
Art William Arnold Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Betsy Cox Costume Design
Camera Bill Roe Camera Operator
Art Paul Allen Set Dresser
Crew Ernie F. Orsatti Stunt Coordinator
Crew Denney Pierce Stunts
Production Jane Shannon-Smith Casting
Sound Robin Harlan Foley Artist
Production Robert McMinn Co-Producer
Sound Randy Singer Foley Mixer
Crew Rick LeFevour Stunts
Sound Jeffrey J. Haboush Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Kevin E. Carpenter Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Carin Rogers Supervising Dialogue Editor
Sound Anthony Milch Sound Effects Editor
Sound Sarah Monat Foley Artist
Directing Sharron Reynolds-Enriquez Script Supervisor
Lighting Jono Kouzouyan Chief Lighting Technician
Camera Ron Phillips Still Photographer
Crew Noon Orsatti Stunts
Sound Cameron Frankley Sound Effects Editor
Sound Bruce Fortune Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Joe Dorn Supervising ADR Editor
Art Kacy Magedman Art Department Coordinator
Sound Robert Schaper Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Steve Cantamessa Sound Mixer
Editing Phil Hetos Color Timer
Production Robert Grand Production Manager
Directing J. Stephen Buck First Assistant Director
Visual Effects Rob Burton Visual Effects Supervisor
Art Phill Norman Title Designer
Crew Lanier Edwards Stunts
Sound Thomas W. Small Foley Editor
Sound Gary Thomas Boom Operator
Sound Greg Stacy Sound Effects Editor
Editing Theresa Repola Mohammed Negative Cutter
Crew Linda Perlin Stunts
Directing Lucille OuYang Second Assistant Director
Sound Bob Baron ADR Mixer