A Civil Action
Jan Schlichtmann, a lawyer with a desire to achieve financial and material success without losing his belief in the justice system, agrees to take on two powerful corporations (Beatrice Foods and W.R. Grace) when members of eight families in the Boston industrial suburb of Woburn are stricken with leukemia due to toxic poisoning in their tap water. Instead of being a quick-win case, it becomes a financial black hole into which Schlictmann pours $2.5 million as he fights for years against the bottomless coffers of the corporate world. Though he eventually negotiates an $8,000,000 settlement from W.R. Grace, he falls into a personal state of financial ruin in the process.
John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Tony Shalhoub, William H. Macy, Zeljko Ivanek, Bruce Norris, John Lithgow, Kathleen Quinlan, Peter Jacobson, Mary Mara, James Gandolfini, Stephen Fry, Dan Hedaya, David Thornton, Sydney Pollack, Ned Eisenberg, Margot Rose, Daniel von Bargen, Caroline Carrigan, Paul Desmond, Tracy Miller, Paul Hewitt, Clayton Landey, Paul Ben-Victor, Elizabeth Burnette, Alan Wilder, Josh Pais, Haskell Vaughn Anderson III, Kaiulani Lee, Denise Dowse, Scott Weintraub, Robert Cicchini, Christopher Stevenson, Kevin Fry, Brian Turk, Rob McElhenney, Richard Calnan, Gene Wolande, Sam Travolta, Juli Donald, Catherine Leahan, John LaFayette, Charles Levin, Byron Jennings, Jay Patterson, Charlie Stavola, Molly Allen, Kathy Bates, Michael P. Byrne