Released Date
April 3, 1996
Distributor
Paramount Pictures
Genre
Drama
Rating
R
Worldwide Gross
Domestic Gross + International Gross = Worldwide Gross
$56,116,183 + $46,500,000 = $102,616,183
72

Richard Gere

as Martin Vail

52

Edward Norton

as Aaron Stampler/Roy

59

Andre Braugher

as Tommy Goodman

51

Jon Seda

as Alex

64

Frances McDormand

as Dr. Molly Arrington

69

Alfre Woodard

as Judge Shoat

57

Laura Linney

as Janet Venable

69

Terry O'Quinn

as Bud Yancy

56

Maura Tierney

as Naomi Chance

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John Mahoney

as John Shaughnessy

65

Steven Bauer

as Joey Pinero

75

Joe Spano

as Abel Stenner

69

Tony Plana

as Martinez

About Primal Fear

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

About

Neo-noir crime thriller centering on a Chicago defense attorney who believes his altar boy client did not murder an influential Catholic Archbishop.

Trivia

The movie was based on the 1993 novel of the same name by William Diehl. Edward Norton won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category.