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Primal Fear

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Original title
Primal Fear
Running time
131 min.
United States United States
Steve Shagan, Ann Biderman (Novel: William Diehl)
James Newton Howard
Michael Chapman
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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?
1996: Nominated for Oscar: Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
1996: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
1996: Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
1996: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Most Promising Actor (Edward Norton). 2 Nom.
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