Film / Just Cause

A 1995 crime thriller adapted from the novel by John Katzenbach, directed by Arne Glimcher and starring Sean Connery, with a supporting cast including Laurence Fishburne, Kate Capshaw, Blair Underwood, Ruby Dee, and Ed Harris.

Harvard professor Paul Armstrong (Connery) is lured back into the courtroom after 25 years to take the case of a young black man condemned to death for the horrific murder of a child.


Tropes:

  • Even Evil Has Standards: Bobby Ferguson was castrated in jail by the other inmates for the rape of a young woman.
  • False Confession: Blair Sullivan claims credits for Bobby Ferguson's crime.
  • Groin Attack: Bobby Fergson was castrated in jail.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Bobby Earl is convicted on false evidence, a confession extracted through torture and prejudice. He's still guilty.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Blair Sullivan has Bobby Ferguson kill his parents, in return for taking credit for the crime Bobby Ferguson commited.
  • Tragic Villain: It's implied that Bobby Earl wasn't actually responsible for the crime that got him castrated in prison (the rape Armstrong's wife charged him with); it's also implied that it was a combination of being castrated and denied any future after being kicked out of university is what made him snap.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Bobby Fergson committed the murder of a young girl, and when let out tries to kill the young daughter of the law professor who helped him out of jail and his wife who prosecuted him.


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