Rolling Stone - 01/21/1999
"...A CIVIL ACTION is a whale of a tale about justice gone wrong..."
Sight and Sound - 03/??/1999
"...A CIVIL ACTION has a lightness of touch uncharacteristic of the genre..."
USA Today - 12/24/1998
"...The case itself remains a grabber..."
New York Times - 12/25/1998
"...[A] gripping, expertly acted film....It tells a finely nuanced tale of right, wrong and the gray area in between..."
Box Office - 02/01/1999
"...Elegantly stylized and crisply edited, the film also features a host of fine performances....[With] excellent work from composer Danny Elfman..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/18/1999
"...A CIVIL ACTION is like John Grisham for grownups....[The film is] about the gulf between skill and justice..."
Jan Schlichtmann, a tenacious young lawyer, is confronted with the litigation of a lifetime in this unbelievable real-life story. Several families in the small town of Woburn, Massachusetts, have suffered the tragic losses of their children to the rare cancer known as leukemia. After having their claim rejected by most law firms in town, these citizens approach Schlichtmann with the possibility that the deaths of their children may have had to do with Woburn's drinking water supply being contaminated by a couple of local businesses. The rub lies in the fact that these businesses are offshoots of two of the most powerful national corporations in the country! Schlichtmann must push his skill and craftiness as a lawyer to the limit in order to oust his opponents, who are working with a limitless bankroll. Based on the great fact-based novel.
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