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 2795 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
  • John Mahoney

    as John Shaughnessy
  • Alfre Woodard

    as Judge Miriam Shoat
  • Frances McDormand

    as Molly Arrington
  • Edward Norton

    as Aaron Stampler
  • Terry O'Quinn

    as Bud Yancy
  • Andre Braugher

    as Tommy Goodman
  • Steven Bauer

    as Joey Pinero
  • Joe Spano

    as Abel Stenner
  • Tony Plana

    as Martinez
  • Stanley Anderson

    as Richard Rushman
  • Maura Tierney

    as Naomi Chance
  • Jon Seda

    as Alex
  • Reg Rogers

    as Jack Connerman
  • Kenneth Tigar

    as Weil
  • Lester Holt

    as WBBM Anchor
  • Azalea Davila

    as Linda Forbes
  • Wendy Cutler

    as Lou
  • Linda Yu

    as WLS Anchor
  • Dianne Burns

    as WLS Anchor
  • Mary Ann Childers

    as WBBM Anchor
  • Greg Bronson

    as Banquet Patron (uncredited)
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 Le Fevour 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
Directing Lucille OuYang Second Assistant Director
Sound Bob Baron ADR Mixer