The Pelican Brief is a 1993 legal crime thriller based on the novel of the same name by John Grisham. Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the film stars Julia Roberts in the role of young law student Darby Shaw and Denzel Washington as Washington Herald reporter Gray Grantham. Music was composed by James Horner. Two Supreme Court justices are assassinated by the professional assassin 'Sam' Khamel (Stanley Tucci). Tulane University Law School student Darby Shaw (Julia Roberts) suspects the real motive might be simple greed, not politics. She writes a legal brief, and shows it to her law professor, mentor and lover Thomas Callahan (Sam Shepard). He gives a copy (which becomes known as the 'Pelican Brief') to his friend Gavin Verheek (John Heard) at the FBI. Political reporter Gray Grantham...'
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