A Civil Action

A Civil Action (1998)

Justice has its price.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1998-12-25
  • User Rating: 6.4/10 from 391 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 55min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Touchstone Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Steven Zaillian
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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.

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  • John Travolta

    as Jan Schlichtmann
  • Robert Duvall

    as Jerome Facher
  • Tony Shalhoub

    as Kevin Conway
  • William H. Macy

    as James Gordon
  • Zeljko Ivanek

    as Bill Crowley
  • Bruce Norris

    as William Cheeseman
  • John Lithgow

    as Judge Walter J. Skinner
  • Kathleen Quinlan

    as Anne Anderson
  • Peter Jacobson

    as Neil Jacobs
  • Mary Mara

    as Kathy Boyer
  • James Gandolfini

    as Al Love
  • Stephen Fry

    as Pinder
  • Denise Dowse

    as Judge Constance Mullen
  • Dan Hedaya

    as John Riley
  • David Thornton

    as Richard Aufiero
  • Sydney Pollack

    as Al Eustis
  • Ned Eisenberg

    as Uncle Pete
  • Margot Rose

    as Donna Robbins
  • Daniel von Bargen

    as Mr. Granger
  • Caroline Carrigan

    as Evelyn Love
  • Paul Desmond

    as Paul Shalline
  • Michael P. Byrne

    as Tommy Barbas
  • Tracy Miller

    as Grace Worker
  • Paul Hewitt

    as Grace Worker
  • Clayton Landey

    as Grace Worker
  • Paul Ben-Victor

    as Bobby Pasqueriella
  • Elizabeth Burnette

    as Lauren Aufiero
  • Alan Wilder

    as Insurance Lawyer
  • Gregg Joseph Monk

    as Insurance Lawyer
  • Harout Beshlian

    as Insurance Lawyer
  • Josh Pais

    as Law Clerk
  • Haskell V. Anderson III

    as Courtroom #7 Clerk
  • Kaiulani Lee

    as Mrs. Granger
  • Howie Carr

    as Radio Talk Show Host
  • Pearline Fergerson

    as Court Clerk
  • Scott Weintraub

    as PI Lawyer
  • Robert Cicchini

    as PI Lawyer
  • Christopher Stevenson

    as Insurance Plaintiff
  • Kevin Fry-Bowers

    as Waiter
  • Brian Turk

    as Mover
  • Rikki Klieman

    as TV Reporter
  • Charlie Stavola

    as Detective
  • David Barrett

    as Teenager on Property
  • Ryan Janis

    as Teenager on Property
  • Rob McElhenney

    as Teenager on Property
  • Michael Biase

    as Market Clerk
  • Richard Calnan

    as Woburn Traffic Cop
  • Gene Wolande

    as Hotel Clerk
  • Sam Travolta

    as Grace Attorney
  • Gregg Shawzin

    as Reporter
  • Juliana Donald

    as Reporter
  • Sayda Alan

    as Reporter
  • Catherine Leahan

    as Reporter
  • Bruce Holman

    as Federal Marshall
  • John Lafayette

    as Geologist
  • Charles Levin

    as Geologist
  • Byron Jennings

    as Geologist
  • Jay Patterson

    as Geologist
  • Taylor Bernard

    as Trustee's Assistant
  • Kathy Bates

    as Bankruptcy Judge (uncredited)
  • Harry Dean Stanton

    as Land Watcher (uncredited)
Camera Conrad L. Hall Director of Photography
Production Avy Kaufman Casting
Sound Danny Elfman Original Music Composer
Writing Steven Zaillian Screenplay
Directing Steven Zaillian Director
Production Steven Zaillian Producer
Production Scott Rudin Producer
Production Robert Redford Producer
Art David Gropman Production Design
Production Rachel Pfeffer Producer
Editing Wayne Wahrman Editor
Costume & Make-Up Shay Cunliffe Costume Design
Art Tracey A. Doyle Set Decoration
Directing Jane Goldsmith Script Supervisor
Crew Lauren Beth Strogoff Unit Publicist