Primal Fear


2h 10m 1996

Brief Synopsis

Arrogant, brilliant and successful, criminal defense attorney Martin Vail loves a good fight and the media spotlight, both of which he knowingly invites when he volunteers to represent a penniless, bewildered young man accused of murder. The victim is one of Chicago's most prominent dignitaries, a C

Film Details

Also Known As
verdad desnuda
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Location
Long Beach, California, USA; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Bluefield, West Virginia, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 10m

Synopsis

Arrogant, brilliant and successful, criminal defense attorney Martin Vail loves a good fight and the media spotlight, both of which he knowingly invites when he volunteers to represent a penniless, bewildered young man accused of murder. The victim is one of Chicago's most prominent dignitaries, a Catholic archbishop, and the defendant's guilt seems as evident as the blood found splattered on his clothes. But Vail doesn't concern himself with questions of guilt or innocence. All he cares about is creating and selling his version of the truth. All he cares about is winning. As his involvement with his client deepens, however, Vail's consuming need to win, his antagonism toward his former boss in the prosecutor's office, his complicated relationship wtih his recent lover who is the prosecutor in this case, and his unexpected feelings for his client, combine to blind him to the trap awaiting him.

Crew

Patric J Abaravich

Electrician

Rashied Aljuwani

Craft Service

Paul Allen

On-Set Dresser

Randolph W Andell

Assistant Property Master

Deborah Aquila

Casting

Audie Aragon

Dolly Grip

Dana Armonda

Production Assistant

William David Arnold

Art Director

Scott Bailey

On-Set Dresser

Jacolyn J Baker

Location Manager

Bob Baron

Adr Mixer

Julie Beattie-iiams

On-Set Dresser

Jeff Beebe

Grip

Pam Bentkowski

Foley Editor

Jeffrey Berk

Assistant Production Coordinator

Ann Biderman

Screenplay

Jeanne Bischoff

Technical Advisor

Terence Blanchard

Soloist

Alphonse Blumenthal

Lighting

Xochi Blymyer

Assistant Director

Michele Bock

Production Assistant

Louisa Bonnie

Set Designer

Thomas Bookout

Grip

David Boyd

Camera Operator

Mary Brady

On-Set Dresser

Steve Braharich

Video Playback

Robert Breech

Technical Advisor

Steven Brodsky

Transportation Coordinator

George Wells Brothwick

Grip

J. Stephen Buck

Assistant Director

Ray Bulinski

Craft Service

Mark Burnett

Video Assist/Playback

Rob Burton

Visual Effects Supervisor

Douglas Campbell

Craft Service

Steve Cantamessa

Sound Mixer

Kevin E Carpenter

Rerecording

Cindy Carr

Set Decorator

Javier Carrillo

Props

Paul Caven

Electrician

Michael Chapman

Dp/Cinematographer

Michael Chapman

Director Of Photography

Chris M Collins

Photography

Armando Contreras

Grip

Larry Cook

Pilot

Frank Lucky Costello

Other

Anne Couk

Assistant Sound Editor

Betsy Cox

Costume Designer

Hallie D'amore

Makeup Artist

Gerrit Dangremond

Camera Operator

Elaine Davis

Costumes

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Michael P Deal

Transportation Captain

Brad Dechter

Original Music

Dave Degaetano

Construction Coordinator

Sterfon Demings

Hair Stylist

William Diehl

Source Material (From Novel)

Joe Dorn

Adr Editor

Lanier Edwards

Stunt Player

Elle Elliott

Hair Stylist

Margaret Elliott

Makeup Artist

Michael Elyanow

Assistant

Edward England

Construction Coordinator

Leslie Engle

Production Assistant

Craig Fehrman

Transportation Captain

Ben Feldhouse

Electrician

Andy Flores

Other

Patrick J. Foley

Dialogue Editor

Bruce Fortune

Sound Editor

Cameron Frankley

Sound Effects Editor

Chris Freres

Grip

Scot Gaal

Lighting

Joseph Gallo

Electrician

Mark M Galvin

Visual Effects

Orlando Garcia

Other

Jana Lynn Gold

Assistant Editor

Gary B. Goldman

Assistant Director

George Gonzalez

Other

Kathrine Gordon

Hair Stylist

Marilyn Graf

Foley Mixer

Patricia Graf

Assistant

Patricia Graf

Associate Producer

Robert Grand

Production Manager

Jennifer Greenfield

Assistant

Kimberly Guenther

Costume Supervisor

William Guerre

Electrician

Mike Gunning

Visual Effects

Kimberly Gunther

Costume Supervisor

Michael Gurasich

Photography

Jeffrey J. Haboush

Rerecording

Bob Hagman

Props

Michael Harbour

3-D Artist

Robin Harlan

Foley Artist

Julie Herman

Production Assistant

Phil Hetos

Color Timer

Steven Hiller

Photography

Tony Hobbs

Extras Agent/Coordinator

James C Hoffman

Production Assistant

James A Hogan

Transportation Captain

Aaron C Holden

Assistant Property Master

Frank Holgate

Camera Operator

James Newton Howard

Music

James Newton Howard

Original Music

Jen Howard

Visual Effects

John Hudecek

Dolly Grip

Rachel Hudgins

Assistant

Stephen Hurley

Technical Advisor

Christine Hurrey

Auditor

Dream Quest Images

Visual Effects

Kenji Inouye

Grip

Frederick E Irving

Electrician

Gina Isaacs

Electrician

Edward A Jackson

Grip

Pamela Jaeckle

Production Coordinator

Jack Johnson

Production

William T Jones

Grip

Artie Kane

Music Conductor

Robert J Kelter

Other

Erin Kemp

Set Designer

Brendan Kennedy

Assistant

Bob Kenney

Pilot

Greg Kittelson

Electrician

Tommy Klines

Photography

Emily Koch

Assistant

Howard W. Koch Jr.

Executive Producer

Jono Kouzouyan

Lighting Technician

Scott Kowalchyk

Production Assistant

Tom Kramer

Music Editor

Robyn L Kreger

Assistant

Keith A Kropf

Other

Douglas Kunin

Assistant Editor

Kevin Landry

Production Auditor

Ted E Larkowski

Transportation Coordinator

Scott Larue

Other

Bob Laughlin

Other

Rick Lefevour

Stunt Player

Farrel Levy

Editor

Morgan Michael Lewis

Grip

Rick Lopez

Other

Matt Luber

Assistant

Tom Lucas

Makeup Artist

Gary Lucchesi

Producer

Anthony J Lullo

Lighting

Ray Lykins

Stunt Player

Skip Macdonald

Assistant Editor

Kacy Magdman

Art Department Coordinator

Mark Mamalakis

Assistant Location Manager

Mark Marcum

Video

Dee Marcus

Voice Casting

Courtenay Marvin

Assistant Sound Editor

Michael Mason

Music

Quentin Matthys

On-Set Dresser

Lori Mcclellen

Costumes

Robert Mcminn

Coproducer

Donald Rio Mcnichols

Special Effects

Carol Meikle

Hair Stylist

Steven B. Melton

Property Master

Leslie Mikol

Production Assistant

Tony Milch

Sound Effects Editor

Karen Miller

Casting Associate

Theresa Repola Mohammed

Negative Cutting

Sarah Monat

Foley Artist

Fae Moore

Production Assistant

Matthew W. Mungle

Makeup

Shawn Murphy

Sound Mixer

John Murrah

Technical Supervisor

Donald Navarrette

Electrician

Randall Newsome

Assistant Director

Gerald F Nichols

Production Assistant

Phill Norman

Titles

Lisa Olin

Rights & Clearances

David Olson

Music

Jeannine Oppewall

Production Designer

Ernie Orsatti

Stunt Coordinator

Noon Orsatti

Stunt Player

Tom Osman

Art Department Coordinator

Tyler Osman

Props

Lucille Ouyang

Assistant Director

Jesus Padilla

Other

John Panzarella

Location Manager

Tyler Patton

On-Set Dresser

Brian Pawlowski

Production Assistant

Jeff Payne

Dialogue Editor

Ron Phillips

Photography

Denney Pierce

Stunt Player

Walter Piers

On-Set Dresser

Mark Poll

Set Designer

Joel Prihoda

Production

R Bruce Prochal

Lighting Technician

Wendi Jill Raderman

Assistant Editor

John Rash

Production Auditor

John Redmond

Technical Advisor

Sharron Reynolds

Script Supervisor

Jeff Richman

Production Assistant

Steven Rigamat

Props

Bill Roe

Camera Operator

Carin Rogers

Dialogue Editor

David Rosenbloom

Editor

Arnold Rudnick

Associate Producer

Thomas P Ryba

Special Effects Coordinator

Jeffrey M Sacino

Hair Stylist

Film Details

Also Known As
verdad desnuda
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Location
Long Beach, California, USA; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Bluefield, West Virginia, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 10m

Award Nominations

Best Supporting Actor

1996
Edward Norton

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video October 15, 1996

Released in United States Spring April 3, 1996

Frances McDormand replaced Mary McDonnell in the role of Dr. Molly Arrington.

Feature directorial debut for nine-time Emmy Award-winning television producer/director Gregory Holbit whose credits include: "Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law" and "NYPD Blue."

Edward Norton received the 1996 award for Best Supporting Actor from the Boston Society of Film Critics for his performances in "Primal Fear" (USA/1996), "Everyone Says I Love You" (USA/1996) and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (USA/1996).

Edward Norton received the 1996 award for Best Supporting Actor from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for his performances in "Primal Fear" (USA/1996), "Everyone Says I Love You" (USA/1996) and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (USA/1996).

Edward Norton received the 1996 award for Best Supporting Actor from the National Board of Review for his performances in "Primal Fear" (USA/1996) "Everyone Says I Love You" (USA/1996) and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (USA/1996).

Began shooting April 28, 1995.

Completed shooting July 12, 1995.

Released in United States Spring April 3, 1996

Released in United States on Video October 15, 1996