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The Pelican Brief full movie is released on Dec 17, 1993. Watch The Pelican Brief online - the English Crime movie from United States , which has achieved a worldwide gross of $195,268,056. The Pelican Brief is directed by Alan J. Pakula and created by John Grisham with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington. The Pelican Brief is available online on Tubi TV and Apple iTunes.

Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed. Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men and who is also having an affair with one of his students, is given a brief by her that states who probably wanted to see these two men dead. He then gives it to one of his friends, who works for the FBI. When the FBI director reads it, he is fascinated by it. One of the president's men who read it is afraid that if it ever got out, the president could be smeared. So he advises the president to tell the director to drop it, which he does. But later the professor and the girl were out and he was drunk and when he refused to give her the keys, she stepped out of the car. When he started it, it blew up. She then discovers that her place has been burglarized and what was taken were her computer and her disks. Obviously, her brief has someone agitated. She then turns to her boyfriend's friend at the FBI. He agrees to come meet her but before he does, someone shoots him and takes his place. At the meeting, he was about to kill her when someone shoots him. She then decides to turn to Gray Grantham, an investigative reporter, who was contacted by someone who says he has info on the killings but backed out at the last minute. He then meets her and tells her what her brief is, and basically, the man she suspects is a good friend of the president, and is trying to manipulate the outcome of a trial that is now before the Supreme Court. Grantham tells her that her brief can harm the president and although all they have are theories, he asks her to help him, but she wants to leave the country. Then Grantham's editor tells him that they have nothing, that he should drop cause the man she implicated is extremely powerful. Grantham is about to drop it when she says that she will help him. But can they stay alive?

As know as:

L'affaire Pélican, Pelikano byla, Achter gesloten deuren, Dosarul Pelican, Досьє Пелікан

Release Date:

Dec 17, 1993

Release Date (Streaming):

Aug 15, 2000


United States



Production Companies:

Warner Bros.

Gross worldwide:



Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead., From the author of "The Firm" and "The Client" and the director of "Presumed Innocent" and "All The President's Men."


David Ansen
Pakula's always had a cool style, tending toward solemnity, but let's face it, All the President's Men this movie is not. You wish he'd have a little more fun with the pulpy material.
by rottentomatoes, May 03, 2018
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
It's too bad that Pakula allows this 1993 movie to dawdle after its climax, but prior to that he's adept at suggesting unseen menace and keeping things in motion.
by rottentomatoes, Mar 30, 2009
Brian Lowry
Pakula has improved on Grisham's book by excising much of the detritus, crafting a taut, intelligent thriller that succeeds on almost every level.
by rottentomatoes, Nov 05, 2008

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