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The Pelican Brief

"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."

Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed. Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men, who's also having an affair with one of his students, is given a brief by her, that states who probably, wanted to see these two men dead. He then gives it to one of his friends, who works for the FBI...

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Released: Dec 17th, 1993
Budget: N/A
Revenue: N/A

The Pelican Brief Main Cast

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Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
plays Darby Shaw
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
plays Gray Grantham
Sam Shepard
Sam Shepard
plays Thomas Callahan
John Heard
John Heard
plays Gavin Vereek
Tony Goldwyn
Tony Goldwyn
plays Fletcher Coal
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When Darby is finished with the safe deposit box, she closes and locks its door with her key, removes the key, and leaves the vault. But safe deposit boxes cannot be locked or unlocked with only one key. Two keys are needed. Darby's key would have to be paired with a bank's master key. Usually a bank teller is present to do the 2-key locking procedure.
  • Although the Tulane Law School has moved to a new building since this film was released, the room where Julia Roberts and Sam Shepard meet for class early in the move is still a classroom: Jones Hall Rm. 102.
  • Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington) and Smith Keen (John Lithgow) secretly meet at the home of George and Martha Washington at Mount Vernon, VA. Denzel Washington was born in Mount Vernon, NY.
  • In class, Darby and Callahan discuss the Bowers v. Hardwick case. This was a real Supreme Court case that ultimately vindicated a state's right to make homosexual activity illegal. Darby passionately argues that the Supreme Court was wrong. Ten years after this film was released, the case was reversed in Lawrence (& Garner) v. Texas, which found such laws to be Unconstitutional.
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