Of the John Grisham novels that have been made into films The Pelican Brief starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington is one of the best.
Darby Shaw (Julia Roberts – Pretty Woman, Steel Magnolia) never could have guessed how much trouble she get into while she writing her theory about who could have arranged for the deaths of two Supreme Court Justices and why. It turns out that she was right on the money and this means danger for her…and others.
Darby is an ambitious law student and once her theory starts making the rounds people start dying. It gets so bad and dangerous that the only person she finds herself being able to trust is investigative reporter Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington – The Bone Collector, Man on Fire).
Despite the fact that the film is a little long Alan J. Pakula's (The Devil's Own, Sophie's Choice) 'The Pelican Brief'' is an entertaining thriller. There is star power galore with the two leads plus Sam Shephard, Stanley Tucci, Hume Cronyn, John Lithgow, and Cynthia Nixon. On the down side sometimes the plot gets a little cloudy and hard to follow. But it also lends to the intrigue because you cannot always figure out who the bad are.
Be prepared to think and remember what went on before and you will enjoy the film.