Objection Overruled

A Civil Action is not just another lawyer movie, but rather one of the most striking dramas of the year, salted with dark wit and buoyed by an authentic moral issue. Some may complain that the film gives its wronged plaintiffs short shrift while focusing on their lawyer, but that's a difficult complaint to sustain in this case. As Jane Bryant Quinn once pointed out, after all, lawyers are operators of the toll bridge that anyone in search of justice must pass. So be it, Counselor Travolta.

A Civil Action.
Directed and written by Steven Zaillian, Based on the book by Jonathan Harr. Starring John Travolta, Robert Duvall, William H. Macy, James Gandolfini, and Kathleen Quinlan.

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