A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.


Gary Fleder


John Grisham (novel), Brian Koppelman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Nicholas Easter
Gene Hackman ... Rankin Fitch
Dustin Hoffman ... Wendell Rohr
Rachel Weisz ... Marlee
Bruce Davison ... Durwood Cable
Bruce McGill ... Judge Harkin
Jeremy Piven ... Lawrence Green
Nick Searcy ... Doyle
Stanley Anderson ... Henry Jankle
Cliff Curtis ... Frank Herrera
Nestor Serrano ... Janovich
Leland Orser ... Lamb
Jennifer Beals ... Vanessa Lembeck
Gerry Bamman ... Herman Grimes
Joanna Going ... Celeste Wood


Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Trials are too important to be decided by juries.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Final film of Don Hood (Potential Juror #2). See more »


Nick and Marlee meet in a voodoo shop where the Creole shopkeeper only speaks French. The movie conveys the image of the City still being mostly French speaking, but the French-only speaking Creole population in New Orleans is practically extinct. See more »


Rankin Fitch: Ah, I hate Baptists almost as much as I hate Democrats.
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Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by The Peter Malick Group featuring Norah Jones
Courtesy of Koch Entertainment
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Am I allowed to review this, having not read the novel?
8 November 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I've read many times about how John Grisham's novel was about the tobacco industry, not a gun manufacturer. Still, "Runaway Jury" does do a good job with its material. Nick Easter (John Cusack) is the squeaky clean member of a jury determining a gun-death trial in New Orleans. Some special interests are trying to manipulate the jury, but Nick isn't about to let that happen.

A major part of this movie is that Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman co-star at long last. Their conversation is sort of like the one between Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro in "Heat", although slightly more laid back. All in all, the movie comes out pretty well, with great performances from all cast members. Who ever would have imagined "Animal House"'s D-Day playing a judge?

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Release Date:

17 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,836,705, 19 October 2003

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