- Original title
- Running time
- 131 min.
- United States
Steve Shagan, Ann Biderman (Novel: William Diehl)
James Newton Howard
Paramount Pictures / Rysher Entertainment
Mystery. Drama | Courtroom Drama
- Synopsis / Plot
- In Chicago, an Archbishop has been brutally murdered, and a sweet-faced altar boy named Aaron -- who was seen fleeing the scene of the crime and whose clothes were soaked in blood -- is charged with the crime. Aaron claims he was present when the murder occurred, but that he is not the killer. Coming to Aaron's rescue in this high-profile case is Martin Vail, a cocky lawyer who loves the media's spotlight as much as he loves his job. The legal road ahead of Martin and Aaron is filled with many obstacles, including a very determined prosecuting attorney (who's Martin's ex-lover), revelations about the Archbishop's "relationship" with the altar boys, and Aaron himself, who has a very violent, repugnant second personality named Roy.
Is Aaron/Roy guilty? Or is he taking the fall for someone else?
: Nominated for Oscar: Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
: Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
1996: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Most Promising Actor (Edward Norton)
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