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118 Ratings

A Civil Action

Directed by Steven Zaillian
United States, 1998


Jan Schlichtmann, a tenacious lawyer, is addressed by a group of families. When investigating the seemingly non-profiting case, he finds it to be a major environmental issue that has a lot of impact potential.

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A Civil Action Directed by Steven Zaillian

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1999 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Writers Guild of America

1999 | Nominee: Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Screen)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

1999 | Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Golden Globes (USA)

1999 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Critics reviews

In transition from page to screen, “the legal thriller of the decade” (per the Cleveland Plain Dealer) becomes a mildly diverting Friday night potboiler (or “perversely undramatic,” according to Entertainment Weekly). It was a common lifespan for this sort of awards-courting dramatic property—snatched up by a studio only to be fine-tuned to the point of having all the life drained out of it.
December 11, 2012
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