Find a civil action at amazoncom movies & tv, home of thousands of titles on dvd and blu-ray. In steven zaillian's new film, a civil action, opening friday, schlichtmann is depicted as a flashy bachelor and the win-at-all-costs nemesis of corporate polluters. ''a civil action,'' adapted by mr zaillian from the jonathan harr nonfiction legal drama that was on the new york times best-seller list for two years, opens in new york and los angeles on dec. A civil action (1998) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Our take: 75 out of 10 based on the true story of a lawyer's steadfast dedication to a case that drove him, his partners, and their firm to financial ruin, a civil action is a compelling courtroom drama with outstanding performances from its stellar cast.
1998 saw the creation of a civil action, a powerful drama on the devastation wrecked on families by the indiscriminate dumping of toxic waste, for which zaillian served in the multiple roles of director, executive producer, and screenwriter. A civil action is also about the gulf between skill and justice in the law as in chess, the better player usually wins it has nothing to do with which is the better person the theme of zaillian's first film, i wrote, was: what makes us men is that we can think logically what makes us human is that we sometimes choose not to. The film opens when jan schlichtmann, a lawyer, is addressed by a group of families when investigating the seemingly non-profiting case, he finds it to be a major environmental issue that has a lot of impact potential. Background a civil action entails a major class action suit brought forth by several families against major conglomerates (including wr grace chemical company and beatrice foods) that were alleged to have negligently damaged the environment of a small town to the extent that its practices led to the spread of leukemia.
A civil action isn’t a bad movie granted, the abc series the practice based a storyline on similar material last fall, and told it to better effect even so, if you’re looking for either a mildly entertaining travolta vehicle or a primer on the woburn case, head to your local theater. Directed by steven zaillian with john travolta, robert duvall, kathleen quinlan, tony shalhoub a tenacious lawyer takes on a case involving a major company responsible for causing several people to be diagnosed with leukemia due to the town's water supply being contaminated, at the risk of bankrupting his firm and career. Audience reviews for a civil action schindler's list scribe steven zaillian seems to craft meticulous pieces of work it's hard to put into words but his films seem to have substance. A civil action is a 1998 american legal drama film directed by steven zaillian and starring john travolta (as plaintiff's attorney jan schlichtmann) and robert duvall, and that is based on the book of the same name by jonathan harr.
1998 saw the creation of a civil action, a powerful drama on the devastation wrecked on families by the indiscriminate dumping of toxic waste, for which zaillian served in the multiple roles of director, executive producer, and screenwriter the fine cast included john travolta and robert duvall. Steven zaillian scripted schindler's list, and wrote and directed searching for bobby fischer his follow-up is a legal thriller (from a book by jonathan harr. Find trailers, reviews, synopsis, awards and cast information for a civil action (1998) - steven zaillian on allmovie - directed by schindler's list screenwriter steve allmovie new releases in theaters a civil action (1998) directed by steven zaillian most of the film takes place in the courtroom during the trial.
Steven ernest bernard zaillian  (born january 30, 1953) is an american screenwriter, director, film editor , producer, and founder of film rites, a film production company. A civil action is a film directed by steven zaillian and starring john travolta, robert duvall, tony shalhoub. An analysis of a civil action a civil action is a movie based on a real life case that took place several years ago several families of woburn, a small town, were alleging that chemicals spilled by local plants had contaminated their drinking water. A civil action (film) 25k likes a civil action is a 1998 american drama film directed by steven zaillian and starring john travolta (as plaintiff's. Based on a true story, self-possessed personal-injury attorney whose greed entangles him in a case that threatens to destroy him the woburn case, if it can be found at all, resides not in the courtroom, but buried deep in a network of deceit and corruptions.
Steven zaillian graduated from san francisco state university in 1975 with a degree in cinema, and began his career as an editor on breaker breaker. A civil action is a drama film which was directed by steven zaillian, that stars john travolta and robert duvall, and that is based on the book by jonathan harrthe families of children who died sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove. In some ways, movie courtroom dramas don't get much more authentic, in tone and texture, than a civil action, writer-director steven zaillian's slick and absorbing film adaptation of harr's. Steven ernest bernard zaillian (born january 30, 1953) is an american screenwriter, director, film editor, and producer he won an academy award, a golden globe award and a bafta award for his screenplay schindler's list (1993) and has also earned oscar nominations for awakenings, gangs of new york and moneyball.
Steven â zaillian, screenwriter and director share quote & link zaillian's new york-set story revels in such naturalism while telling its tale of a man who is — maybe wrongly — accused. A civil action is a 1998 american drama film about the families of children who died who sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove, the case could bankrupt their lawyer directed and written by steven zaillian, based on the book of the same title by jonathan harr justice has its price. The story of his relentless legal battle is recounted in a civil action, written and directed by steven zaillian, who adapted the movie from jonathan harr's 1995 bestseller of the same name when zaillian first saw the book, it was in manuscript form--1200 pages crammed in boxes.
Adapting jonathan harr's book, steven zaillian (searching for bobby fischer) has made a film of two minds cryptic veteran, but the film as a whole seems infected by his icy demeanor has some great moments as a self-assured, cryptic veteran, but the film as a whole seems infected by his icy demeanor a civil action never quite finds. Directors: steven zaillian [director] , cast: robert duvall, kathleen quinlan, john travolta, movie description: jan schlichtmann, a tenacious lawyer, is addressed by a group of families when investigating the seemingly non-profiting case, he finds it to be a major environmental issue that has a lot of impact potential.