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Still shot from the movie: Runaway Jury.

Runaway Jury

John Grisham's novel comes to life in this courtroom drama. Rankin Fitch (Gene Hackman) and Wendell Rohr (Dustin Hoffman), are the lawyers who face off over the issue of gun control. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: C+
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Theater Release: 17 Oct 2003
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Is it possible for a jury to be manipulated in the manner shown in this movie? Can you think of a better or more effective method for judging people within our legal system?

A man who owns a gun shop testifies in court. He has a beard and longer dark greasy hair. He’s also portrayed as a little “simple.” What impression does this stereotype leave the audience with?

One man tells another angry man, “You cannot carry that much contempt or it will become malignant.” How can anger take over our entire personality? What are ways we can rid ourselves of hate toward others?

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