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A Civil Action

USA, 1998

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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.

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A Civil Action Regie Steven Zaillian

Auszeichnungen & Festivals

Academy Awards

1999 | 2 Nominiert unter anderem: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Writers Guild of America

1999 | Nominiert: Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Screen)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

1999 | Gewinner: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Golden Globes (USA)

1999 | Nominiert: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture


In transition from page to screen, “the legal thriller of the decade” (per the Cleveland Plain Dealer) becomes a mildly diverting Friday night potboiler (or “perversely undramatic,” according to Entertainment Weekly). It was a common lifespan for this sort of awards-courting dramatic property—snatched up by a studio only to be fine-tuned to the point of having all the life drained out of it.
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