18 certificatePrimal Fear is a Film programme that first aired in 1996 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

Primal Fear is a 4 star programme

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Primal Fear (1996)

Directed by
Gregory Hoblit

Brilliant, but cocky, criminal defence lawyer Martin Vail (Richard Gere) loves the spotlight, so when the chance comes to represent Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton, pictured), a penniless young man accused of the murder of Chicago's Catholic Archbishop, he smells a big payday.

The defendant's guilt - with blood all over his clothes and a strong motive - seems clear, but this doesn't desuade Vail from the case, so long as it's winnable. However the surprising concluding twist even shocks Vail and made Primal Fear, released in 1996, a big box-office hit. It earnt Norton, in his screen debut, an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1996

4/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Filmed in Colour


Image for Richard GereRichard Gere...Martin Vail
Image for Edward NortonEdward Norton...Aaron Stampler
Image for Laura LinneyLaura Linney...Janet Venable
Image for John MahoneyJohn Mahoney...John Shaughnessy
Image for Frances McDormandFrances McDormand...Dr. Molly Arrington
Alfre Woodard...Judge Miriam Shoat
Image for Terry OTerry O'Quinn...Bud Yancy
Image for Andre BraugherAndre Braugher...Tommy Goodman
Image for Steven BauerSteven Bauer...Joey Pinero
Joe Spano...Capt. Abel Stenner
Tony Plana...Martinez
Stanley Anderson...Archbishop Richard Rushman
Maura Tierney...Naomi Chance
Jon Seda...Alex
Reg Rogers...Jack Connerman