Runaway Jury

48. Runaway Jury (2003) [Rated PG-13 for violence, language and thematic elements.]

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In New Orleans, Louisiana, Celeste Wood’s life is changed in a blinding flash when a failed day trader at her husband’s stock brokerage firm shows up at his former workplace with a semiautomatic handgun and opens fire on his former colleagues, including Celeste’s husband. Two years later, and armed with pro bono attorney Wendell Rohr (Dustin Hoffman), Celeste decides to take the weapon’s manufacturer to court, on the grounds that the company’s gross negligence led to her husband’s death.

directed by: Gary Fleder, based on John Grisham’s book

starring: John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Bruce Davison, Bruce McGill, Jeremy Piven, Cliff Curtis, Nestor Serrano, Leland Orser, Jennifer Beals, Joanna GOing, Bill Nunn, Marguerite Moreau, Nora Dunn, Guy Torry, Orlando Jones, Celia Weston, Luis Guzman, Dylan McDermott

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Conservo-Libertarian Reviews: Christian reviews

Abortion/Life Content:

Bruce McGill: Ladies and gentlemen, we are now ready to begin the voir dire.

Dustin Hoffman: Miss Coleman.

Rhoda Griffis: Mrs.

Dustin: Mrs. Coleman. Excuse me. I see from your questionnaire that you have no particular feeling about guns one way or another.

Bruce Davison: Briefcase on the jury.

Dustin: Would you say that’s correct?

Rhoda: Yes, sir, that’s correct. I don’t feel one way or another about guns, but I sure hate to see people get hurt, though.

Dustin: I understand. Do you or your husband own a gun?

Rhoda: We do not.

Dustin: Ever fired a gun for sport or in self-defense?

David Dwyer: Uh, look at the shoulder shrug. Now, she’s evaluating the person asking the question before she ever answers. I mean, she’s telling Rohr exactly what he wants to hear.

Nick Searcy: So you think she’s lying?

Gene Hackman: Not necessarily. But she knows how to.

Marguerite Moreau: Rikki Coleman, 36 years of age. Her husband’s a Baptist minister. She’s a card-carrying member of the Sierra Club and a registered Democrat.

Gene: Ah, I hate Baptists almost as much as I hate Democrats. What else you got?

Marguerite: She had an abortion two years ago.

Gene: And, and, and?

Marguerite: And the guy holding her hand at the clinic, not the Baptist minister.

[group]: Ooh!

Jeremy Piven: Tone of voice, body language. She’s got an open mind. I like her. She’s gonna be fair and sympathetic to Ms. Wood.

Bruce McGill: Mr. Rohr, do you wish to exercise challenge for cause?

Dustin: No, Your Honor. We accept this juror.

Bruce McGill: Mr. Cable?

Gene: Take her. Take her.

Bruce Davison: No objections here, Your Honor.

Bruce McGill: Enter Mrs. Coleman as a juror.

Gene Hackman: Ladies and gentlemen, this girl is an amateur. You understand? A dilettante! And I want this nonsense ended today! I want you to find her! I want you to contain her! Because you’re losing me my jury! Now find something on every one of them! Pull their files! Review every word, every photo, every medical record. Do it! Who do we have?

Marguerite Moreau: Rikki Coleman’s boyfriend’s name is Neil Pollard. Mrs. Coleman broke it off with him two months after the abortion.

Rhoda Griffis: Boys, Who’s gonna help Daddy?

boy: Me, me!

Marguerite: The good news is Mr. Coleman has racked up three cases of domestic battery, and there’s no way she would’ve cried on his shoulder about it.

David Dwyer: Your husband looks a lot different than your boyfriend with you at the clinic. We’ll be in touch.

John Cusack: They got to Rikki Coleman. The woman was president of the PTA. She bakes cookies for her kids. And whatever that son of a b#### had on her, he brought out the heavy lumber. She swallowed a fistful of sleeping pills.

Rachel Weisz: Who’s her replacement?

John: Who’s her… Did you hear what I just said?? The woman almost killed herself tonight.

Rachel: I’m sorry.

John: And they’re putting the heat on the others. Eddie Weese and Millie Dupree. They torched my place tonight.


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