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The Pelican Brief (1993)

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"The Pelican Brief" is a suspenseful and thrilling film that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the film stars Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington in lead roles, and they both deliver powerful performances.

The plot follows Roberts' character, a law student named Darby Shaw, as she uncovers a conspiracy involving the murders of two Supreme Court justices, and teams up with Washington's character, a journalist, to uncover the truth. The film is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by John Grisham, and it does a great job of bringing the story to life on the big screen.

One of the main asset of this movie lies in its title. The whole story, the whole ordeal of Darby Shaw is based on a student theory almost innocently named after an endangered bird, largely glorified by a great opening scene.

The pacing is brisk, the suspense is sometimes palpable, and the plot is simple but full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.

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