Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1997. Constellation Entertainment, Douglas/Reuther Productions, American Zoetrope. Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, narration by Michael Herr, based on the novel by John Grisham. Cinematography by John Toll. Produced by Michael Douglas, Fred Fuchs, Steven Reuther. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by Howard Cummings. Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers. Film Editing by Melissa Kent, Barry Malkin. Golden Globe Awards 1997. Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 1997. National Board of Review Awards 1997.
Matt Damon preceded his Good Will Hunting Oscar win with this unbalanced John Grisham adaptation about a young lawyer newly out of school. He takes on a David vs. Goliath case when he represents a seriously ill young man who has been mistreated by a giant medical company. Damon is appropriately innocent, fresh as a puppy and just as eager to please, but the subplot involving Claire Danes and abusive boyfriend Andrew Shue is ridiculous to the point of hilarity. Francis Ford Coppola directed both this ardent crowd-pleaser and Jack when his proposed project of bringing Jack Kerouac’s On The Road fell through. Look for Roy Scheider in a small role, wearing a really bad sweater.