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A Civil Action

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Original title
A Civil Action
Running time
115 min.
United States United States
Steven Zaillian (Novel: Jonathan Harr)
Danny Elfman
Conrad L. Hall
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Paramount Pictures / Touchstone Pictures
Drama | Courtroom Drama
Synopsis / Plot
Jan Schlichtmann, a tenacious lawyer, is addressed by a group of families. When investigating the seemingly non-profiting case, he finds it to be a major environmental issue that has a lot of impact potential. A leather production company could be responsible for several deadly cases of leukemia, but also is the main employer for the area. Schlichtmann and his three colleagues set out to have the company forced to decontaminate the affected areas, and of course to sue for a major sum of compensation. But the lawyers of the leather company's mother company are not easy to get to, and soon Schlichtmann and his friends find themselves in a battle of mere survival.
1998: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Supp. Actor (Robert Duvall), Cinematography
1998: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor (Robert Duvall)
1998: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
1998: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Robert Duvall)
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