A Civil Action (1998)

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A Civil Action
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TitleA Civil Action
Year1998
CountryUSA
GenreDrama (Movies)
CollectionLawyer
Run Time1h 54 min
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Environmental toxicants in the city of Woburn, Massachusetts contaminate the area’s water supply and become linked to a number of deaths of local children. Cocky Boston attorney Jan Schlichtmann and his small firm of personal injury lawyers are asked by Woburn resident Anne Anderson to take legal action against those responsible. After originally rejecting a seemingly unprofitable case, Jan finds a major environmental issue involving groundwater contamination that has great legal potential and realizes the local tanneries could be responsible for several deadly cases of leukemia. Jan decides to go forward against two giant corporations which own the tanneries—Beatrice Foods and W. R. Grace and Company—thinking that the case could possibly earn him millions and boost his firm’s reputation.

Bringing a class action lawsuit in federal court, Jan represents families who demand an apology and a clean-up of contaminated areas. However, the case develops a life of its own and takes over the lives of Jan and his firm. The lawyers for Beatrice and Grace are not easy to intimidate, a judge makes a key ruling against the plaintiffs, and soon Jan and his partners find themselves in a position where their professional and financial survival has been staked on the outcome of the case. Jan stubbornly declines settlement offers, gradually coming to believe that the case is about more than just money. He allows his pride to take over, making outrageous demands and deciding that he must win at all costs. Pressures take their toll, with Jan and his partners going deeply into debt.

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A Civil Action
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Cast:

John Travolta John Travolta
Jan Schlichtmann
Robert Duvall Robert Duvall
Jerome Facher
Tony Shalhoub Tony Shalhoub
Kevin Conway
William H. Macy William H. Macy
James Gordon
Zeljko Ivanek Zeljko Ivanek
Bill Crowley
Kathleen Quinlan Kathleen Quinlan
Anne Anderson
John Lithgow John Lithgow
Judge Walter J. Skinner
Dan Hedaya Dan Hedaya
John Riley
Peter Jacobson Peter Jacobson
Neil Jacobs
Mary Mara Mary Mara
Kathy Boyer
Bruce Norris Bruce Norris
William Cheeseman

Environmental toxicants in the city of Woburn, Massachusetts contaminate the area’s water supply and become linked to a number of deaths of local children. Cocky Boston attorney Jan Schlichtmann and his small firm of personal injury lawyers are asked by Woburn resident Anne Anderson to take legal action against those responsible. After originally rejecting a seemingly unprofitable case, Jan finds a major environmental issue involving groundwater contamination that has great legal potential and realizes the local tanneries could be responsible for several deadly cases of leukemia. Jan decides to go forward against two giant corporations which own the tanneries—Beatrice Foods and W. R. Grace and Company—thinking that the case could possibly earn him millions and boost his firm’s reputation.

Bringing a class action lawsuit in federal court, Jan represents families who demand an apology and a clean-up of contaminated areas. However, the case develops a life of its own and takes over the lives of Jan and his firm. The lawyers for Beatrice and Grace are not easy to intimidate, a judge makes a key ruling against the plaintiffs, and soon Jan and his partners find themselves in a position where their professional and financial survival has been staked on the outcome of the case. Jan stubbornly declines settlement offers, gradually coming to believe that the case is about more than just money. He allows his pride to take over, making outrageous demands and deciding that he must win at all costs. Pressures take their toll, with Jan and his partners going deeply into debt.

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