90'S GRAB BAG: The Pelican Brief (1993)


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CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of murder, assassination, political murder, cover-ups, attempted murder, stalking, deception, gaslighting, peril.

It’s not too often you get a movie that stars two of the most outstanding and strong actors of a generation that is just plain boring. But this week’s film is more than up to the task, with a political thriller that isn’t very political and is absolutely not thrilling. To be fair, most political cover-up stories fall apart before the conclusion, but this movie ups the ante by ruining the plot within the first 10 or 15 minutes. The remaining two plus hours is spent just rehashing plot points and trying to save a script that was dead on arrival. It’s not that this movie’s bad, or badly made - it’s so utterly meh that it’ll bore you to tears. Read up on the brief and tell no one as we discuss The Pelican Brief this week on Macintosh & Maud Haven’t Seen What?!

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Intro and outro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.

Excerpt taken from “Main Title” from the motion picture soundtrack to the film The Pelican Brief, composed by Jack Horner. Copyright 1993 Warner Bros. Inc., Giant Records.

Excerpt taken from “Manual Burn” from the motion picture soundtrack to the film Apollo 13, composed by Jack Horner. Copyright 1995 Universal City Studios, Inc.; MCA Records, Inc.

Excerpt taken from “Main Title” from the motion picture soundtrack to the film Speed, composed by Mark Mancina. Copyright 1994 Fox Records, Inc.

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