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Richard Jewell (2019)



Critic Consensus: Richard Jewell simplifies the real-life events that inspired it -- yet still proves that Clint Eastwood remains a skilled filmmaker of admirable economy.

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Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on true events, "Richard Jewell" is a story of what happens when what is reported as fact obscures the truth. "There is a bomb in Centennial Park. You have thirty minutes." The world is first introduced to Richard Jewell as the security guard who reports finding the device at the 1996 Atlanta bombing-his report making him a hero whose swift actions save countless lives. But within days, the law enforcement wannabe becomes the FBI's number one suspect, vilified by press and public alike, his life ripped apart. Reaching out to independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant, Jewell staunchly professes his innocence. But Bryant finds he is out of his depth as he fights the combined powers of the FBI, GBI and APD to clear his client's name, while keeping Richard from trusting the very people trying to destroy him.

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Sam Rockwell
as Watson Bryant
Kathy Bates
as Bobi Jewell
Jon Hamm
as Tom Shaw
Olivia Wilde
as Kathy Scruggs
Paul Walter Hauser
as Richard Jewell
Ian Gomez
as Agent Dan Bennett
Charles Green
as Dr. W. Ray Cleere
Marc Farley
as Donut Buyer
Wayne Duvall
as Polygraph Examiner
Mitchell Hoog
as Teen Intern
Randy Havens
as Sound Tech
Niko Nicotera
as Dave Dutchess
Shiquita James
as Olympic Attendee
Mike Pniewski
as Brandon Hamm
Beth Keener
as Pregnant Woman
Deja Dee
as Woman in Park
Matthew Byrge
as Air Force Security
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This is, frankly, a political film and it's no secret that Eastwood is not exactly on the left, but, ever the pragmatist, he leaves room for multiple readings.

February 12, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It's not Eastwood's finest hour.

February 3, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

In many ways, it is a very good story, efficiently told - and that's down to the excellent and very plausible performance from Paul Walter Hauser.

January 31, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Richard Jewell is pointed and compelling - so much so that it needn't underline its themes as thickly as it does.

January 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In Clint Eastwood's hands, Richard Jewell becomes a martyr to the director's career-long cause: heroism when it exists in direct opposition to authority.

January 30, 2020 | Rating: 2/5

Nothing is accidental in a Clint Eastwood film - such is the shame of Richard Jewell.

January 29, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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