The Pelican Brief

The Pelican Brief (1993)

Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.

  • Genre: Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Crime, Action
  • Release Date: 1993-09-17
  • User Rating: 6.6/10 from 1329 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 21min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Alan J. Pakula
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A law student's theory about the recent deaths of two Supreme Court justices embroils her in a far-reaching web of murder, corruption, and greed.

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  • Julia Roberts

    as Darby Shaw
  • Denzel Washington

    as Gray Grantham
  • Sam Shepard

    as Thomas Callahan
  • John Heard

    as Gavin Vereek
  • Tony Goldwyn

    as Fletcher Cole
  • James B. Sikking

    as FBI Director Denton Voyles
  • William Atherton

    as Bob Gminski
  • Robert Culp

    as The President
  • Stanley Tucci

    as Khamel
  • Hume Cronyn

    as Justice Rosenberg
  • John Lithgow

    as Smith Keen
  • Anthony Heald

    as Marty Velmano
  • Nicholas Woodeson

    as Stump
  • Stanley Anderson

    as Edwin Sneller
  • John Finn

    as Matthew Barr
  • Cynthia Nixon

    as Alice Stark
  • Jake Weber

    as Curtis Morgan / Garcia
  • Casey Biggs

    as Eric East
  • Christopher Murray

    as Rupert
  • Sonny Jim Gaines

    as Sarge
  • Kevin Geer

    as K.O. Lewis
  • Joe Chrest

    as Song and Dance Man from Bar
  • Richard Bauer

    as Managing Editor
  • Ralph Cosham

    as Justice Jensen
  • Tom Quinn

    as Sara Ann Morgan's Father
  • Michelle O'Neill

    as Sara Ann Morgan
  • Edwin Newman

    as Self
  • Helen Carey

    as Federal Clerk
  • Howard Shalwitz

    as Washington Herald Journalist
  • Carol Sutton

    as New Orleans Policewoman
  • Magee Hickey

    as Self
  • Ellie K. Wang

    as Reporter at National Cathedral
  • Franchelle Stewart Dorn

    as University Registrar
  • Karen Bralove

    as University Placement Clerk
  • Teagle F. Bougere

    as Male University Student
  • Carey Varner

    as Female University Student
  • Sandra Quarterman

    as Laura Kass
  • Cynthia Hood

    as Parklane Receptionist
  • Beverly Brigham

    as Safe Deposit Teller
  • Doug Coleman

    as Male Pursuer with Gun
  • Eliza Coleman

    as Female Pursuer with Gun
  • Carrie Boren

    as Reporter
  • Amber Nelson

    as Teen Bicyclist
  • Kelly Lynn Richards

    as Protester
  • Greta Valenti

    as Kid at Parade
  • Jerry Van Dyke

    as Assistant Coach Luther Horatio Van Dam in Coach (archive footage)
  • Harold Surratt

    as Parklane Security Officer
  • Shanna Connell

    as Tulane Law Student
  • Michael Port

    as Tulane Law Student
  • Gene Babb

    as Reporter
  • Kyle Duvall

    as Reporter
  • Karl Warren

    as Reporter
  • James Earl Reed

    as Reporter
  • Kyle Prue

    as News Desk Reporter
  • Jurian Hughes

    as White & Blazevich Receptionist
Production Pieter Jan Brugge Producer
Art Rick Simpson Set Decoration
Editing Tom Rolf Editor
Production Alixe Gordin Casting
Sound James Horner Original Music Composer
Sound Richard Portman Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Production Celia D. Costas Unit Production Manager
Art Robert Guerra Art Direction
Camera Stephen Goldblatt Director of Photography
Writing Alan J. Pakula Screenplay
Directing Alan J. Pakula Director
Production Alan J. Pakula Producer
Costume & Make-Up Albert Wolsky Costume Design
Sound Robert Hein Dialogue Editor
Sound Magdaline Volaitis Dialogue Editor
Writing John Grisham Novel
Sound James Sabat Production Sound Mixer
Art Philip Rosenberg Production Design
Art Lisa Fischer Set Decoration
Production Donald Laventhall Associate Producer
Editing Trudy Ship Editor
Sound Ron Bochar Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Ron Bochar Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Marissa Littlefield Dialogue Editor
Crew Tabby Hanson Stunts
Camera Ted Churchill Steadicam Operator
Crew Eric Chambers Stunts
Crew Mick O'Rourke Stunts
Crew Doug Coleman Stunt Coordinator
Crew David Efron Stunts
Directing Dianne Dreyer Script Supervisor
Crew Roy Farfel Stunts
Art Thomas Saccio Property Master
Sound Rick Dior Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Camera Dick Mingalone Camera Operator
Lighting John Shoemaker Rigging Gaffer
Camera Ken Regan Still Photographer
Sound Louis Sabat Boom Operator
Sound Michael J. Cerone Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Editing Kelly Irvine First Assistant Editor
Crew Richard L. Blackwell Stunts
Directing Trey Batchelor Second Second Assistant Director
Crew Linda Perlin Stunts