"The legal thriller of the decade." --Cleveland Plain Dealer
Now a Major Motion Picture!
In this true story of an epic courtroom showdown, two of the nation's largest corporations stand accused of causing the deaths of children. Representing the bereaved parents, the unlikeliest of heroes emerges: a young, flamboyant Porsche-driving lawyer who hopes to win millions of dollars and ends up nearly losing everything, including his sanity. A searing, compelling tale of a legal system gone awry--one in which greed and power fight an unending struggle against justice--A Civil Action is also the story of how one determined man can ultimately make a difference. With an unstoppable narrative power, it is an unforgettable reading experience.
- ISBN-13: 9780679772675
- ISBN-10: 0679772677
- Publisher: Vintage
- Publish Date: August 1996
- Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
- Page Count: 512
The ubiquitous John Travolta will topline yet another adaptation of a best seller - Jonathan Harr's A Civil Action. Due later this year from Touchstone Pictures, it's based on the real life account of attorney Jan Schlichtmann, who in the early eighties initiated a civil suit against two of the country's largest corporations - on behalf of the families of young leukemia victims. (Over a period of years, the companies W.R. Grace and Beatrice Foods had disposed of a cancer-causing industrial solvent by dumping it into the water supply of Woburn, Massachusetts.)
A riveting page-turner, Harr's book gives readers a front-row seat to courtroom theatrics and infighting - providing a meticulous look at the intricacies of our legal system, and all its flaws. As for the film version: no word, yet, on how it will differ from what's in print - but expect the usual PR blitz, as befits Travolta's leading man status.
Reviewed by Pat H. Broeske.