A Civil Action

Lists: Drama

Brief Synopsis: "Jan Schlickmann is a cynical lawyer who goes out to "get rid of" a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything - including his career and his clients' goals, in order to continue the case against all odds."

Overall Ranking: - (Rank from 1998: # 0)

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David Baruffi88
Bryan Lienesch81 - It lays on the mushiness of a man straightening out his moral compass pretty thick, but there's no denying the legal drama is a gripping one.

People Involved

  • John Travolta (Jan Schlichtmann)
  • Robert Duvall (Jerome Facher)
  • Tony Shalhoub (Kevin Conway)
  • William H. Macy (James Gordon)
  • Željko Ivanek (Bill Crowley)
  • Bruce Norris (William Cheeseman)
  • John Lithgow (Judge Walter J. Skinner)
  • Kathleen Quinlan (Anne Anderson)
  • Peter Jacobson (Neil Jacobs)
  • Mary Mara (Kathy Boyer)
  • James Gandolfini (Al Love)
  • Stephen Fry (Pinder)
  • Dan Hedaya (John Riley)
  • David Thornton (Richard Aufiero)
  • Sydney Pollack (Al Eustis)
  • Ned Eisenberg (Uncle Pete)
  • Daniel von Bargen (Mr. Granger)
  • Steven Zaillian (Director)