Pride has lost more cases than lousy evidence, idiot witnesses and a hanging judge all put together. A dead adult in his 20s is generally worth less than one who is middle aged. Fill them all in. Jan stubbornly declines settlement offers, gradually coming to believe that the case is about more than just the money.
Pressures take their toll, with Jan and his partners going deeply into debt. So, why does anyone do that?
I mean, like that. The whole idea of lawsuits is to settle, to compel the other side to settle. Get rid of it. The perfect victim is a white male professional, 40 years old, at the height of his earning power, struck down at his prime. And the most imperfect: A dead woman less than a dead man.
Jan decides to go forward against two giant corporations real-life companies Beatrice Foods and W.
That is all this case has going for it. He allows his pride to take over, making outrageous demands and deciding that he must win at all costs.
I come bearing gifts. I want you to have them.
No, this is for you. He said, "Give and ye shall receive. He manages to find the last key witness to the case, but lacks resources and courage to appeal the judgement. August Learn how and when to remove this template message The plotline has been greatly simplified from the book, e.
Your odds of surviving a game of Russian roulette are better than winning a case at trial. And you do that by spending more money than you should, which forces them to spend more money than they should, and whoever comes to their senses first loses.
Differences from the book[ edit ] This article needs additional citations for verification. The local tanneries could be responsible for several deadly cases of leukemia, but also are the main employers for the area.
Black less than white. Trials are a corruption of the entire process and only fools who have something to prove end up ensnared in them. It takes Jan several years to settle his debts, and he now practices environmental law in Toms River, New Jersey. We really need the money.
Bringing a class action lawsuit in federal court, Jan represents families who demand a clean-up of contaminated areas and an apology. I thought we were talking about a court of law.
The characters Charles NessonMark Phillips, Rikki Klieman, Teresa Padro and others have been removed from the film version, as well as the plot points that they contribute.
After originally rejecting a seemingly unprofitable case, Jan finds a major environmental issue involving groundwater contamination that has great legal potential and a couple of defendants with deep pockets.
A dead plaintiff is rarely worth more than a living severely-maimed plaintiff. The plaintiffs are forced to accept a settlement with Grace that barely covers the expense involved in trying the case, leaving Jan and his partners broke.
I can appreciate the theatrical value of several dead kids. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. We lost everything trying this case. James Gordon[ edit ] [to secretary] Every credit card application we send in, we get two more in the mail.
What kind of Harvard man are you? However, the case develops a life of its own and takes over the lives of Jan and his firm. Jan Schlichtmann John Travoltaa cocky and successful Boston attorney who zips around town in his Porscheand his small firm of personal injury lawyers are asked by Woburn resident Anne Anderson Kathleen Quinlan to take legal action against those responsible.
Jan ends up alone, living in a small apartment and running a small-time law practice.
Think about that for a second.Jan 08, · The movie, written and directed by Steven Zaillian, doesn't simplify the issues and make Schlichtmann into a romantic hero.
He's more the kind of guy you refer to affectionately as "that poor sap." This is Zaillian's second film. "A Civil Action" is also about the gulf between skill and justice. In the law as in chess, the better player /5.
A Civil Action is a American drama film about the families of children who died who sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove, the case could bankrupt their lawyer.
Directed and written by Steven Zaillian, based on the book of the same title by Jonathan Harr. Dec 23, · Written and directed by Steven Zaillian, who made “Searching for Bobby Fischer” () and wrote the screenplay for “Schindler’s List,” “A Civil Action” starts out well, but it turns into an almost perversely undramatic legal thriller.
A Civil Action is a drama film which was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars John Travolta and Robert Duvall, and that is based on the book by Jonathan ultimedescente.com families of children who died sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove.
Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian (born January 30, ) is an American screenwriter, director, film editor, and producer. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for his screenplay Schindler's List () and has also earned Oscar nominations for Awakenings, Gangs of New York and ultimedescente.com: January 30, (age 65), Fresno, California, U.S.
Jan 08, · A tenacious lawyer takes on a case involving a major company responsible for causing several people to be diagnosed with leukemia due to the town's water supply being contaminated, at the risk of bankrupting his firm and career/10(K).Download