Primal Fear (1996)

starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahonney

released: 1996

certificate: 18

Directed by: Gregory Hoblit



Gere plays a defence attorney representing an altar boy (Norton) accused of brutally murdering a catholic archbishop. The case initially seems clear cut, however, all  is not as it seems…..


A polished thriller, which for the first hour, is part-whodunnit and part-crime room drama.

Driven by excellent casting – Norton is out of this world in this, his first film role – the movie really hits all the right buttons. The film contains everything. We have a horrific  murder scene to get going; classic courtroom shouting matches swollen with sexual tension throughout (where Gere and Linney really steal the show) and some interesting psychological interviews in-between. The latter giving more than a little nod to Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960).

Overall, a dark and well-acted picture. A ‘twist’ ending too……these are the sorts of movies Gere should be remembered for.

hotdog rating: 8/10



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