runaway-jury
via 20th Century Fox

The underrated final stand for a short-lived cinematic craze bends the law on streaming

A wildly popular phenomenon that burned out in an instant.

Hollywood loves capitalizing on a hot trend, jumping on the bandwagon, and then running it into the ground as quickly as possible, with the 1990s marking the apex of the John Grisham adaptation’s short-lived stint in the spotlight. In fact, it’s been almost 20 years since one of the author’s signature legal thrillers was brought to the big screen, with Runaway Jury unknowingly marking the craze’s final stand.

Recommended Videos

As tended to be the case with every Grisham movie, Runaway Jury recruited a star-studded cast to bring gravitas to an increasingly convoluted plot packed full of twists, turns, double-crosses, sleight of hand, and subterfuge. In this instance, the stacked roster roped in Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, John Cusack, Rachel Weisz, Jeremy Piven, Cliff Curtis, Dylan McDermott, and many more to deliver what proved to be a quietly acclaimed sleeper hit.

runaway-jury
via 20th Century Fox

Respective Rotten Tomatoes scores of 73 and 75 percent put Runaway Jury among the top tier of Grisham flicks, even if an $80 million take at the box office was deemed a disappointing return given the $60 million budget. The tale of an unfairly biased courtroom being infiltrated and torn down from the inside in a high-stakes battle of wits worth billions has maintained a reputation as an underrated gem, with Disney Plus subscribers the latest to fall for its charms after the film returned to prominence on the Disney Plus worldwide charts, per FlixPatrol.

It’s incredible to think that we got The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Gingerbread Man, and Runaway Jury in the space of just 10 years, but not a single Grisham novel has been turned into a feature since.


We Got This Covered is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Review: ‘IF’ is John Krasinski’s vivid imagination lost with a broken compass in a chaotic mess
if by John Krasinski
2.5 stars
Read Article ‘Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint’ movie release window, cast, plot, and more
Read Article The only time Netflix and its subscribers agreed now has the strongest rejection it could find
Netflix Drag me To hell
Read Article ‘Star Wars: Episode 007?’ The many ‘Star Wars’ actors who appeared in James Bond films
Lobot and Boba Fett
Read Article Will there be a ‘Road House 2?’
Related Content
Read Article Review: ‘IF’ is John Krasinski’s vivid imagination lost with a broken compass in a chaotic mess
if by John Krasinski
2.5 stars
Read Article ‘Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint’ movie release window, cast, plot, and more
Read Article The only time Netflix and its subscribers agreed now has the strongest rejection it could find
Netflix Drag me To hell
Read Article ‘Star Wars: Episode 007?’ The many ‘Star Wars’ actors who appeared in James Bond films
Lobot and Boba Fett
Read Article Will there be a ‘Road House 2?’
Author
Scott Campbell
News, reviews, interviews. To paraphrase Keanu Reeves; Words. Lots of words.