Primal Fear

Primal Fear

  • 1996
  • R
  • 129 min
  • USA
  • crime, drama, mystery

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

Director: Gregory Hoblit

Writers: Steve Shagan, Ann Biderman

Stars: Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Frances McDormand

A straightforward, entertaining thriller with a crackerjack performance by Edward Norton.

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Primal Fear (1996)


Main Cast


Tagline: Sooner or later, a man who wears two faces forgets which one is real.

Motion Picture Rating: R

Genres: crime, drama, mystery, thriller

Keywords: corruption, bishop, court case, pornographic video, court, psychopathy


Editor: David Rosenbloom

Director of photography: Michael Chapman

Original music composer: James Newton Howard

Production design: Jeannine Oppewall

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 129 min

Country: USA

Language: English, Spanish

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Color: Color