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A Civil Action (1998)

Director, Steven Zallian. Cast: John Travolta, Robert Duvall, John Lithgow,William H. Macy, Stephen Fry, James Gandolfini, Dan Hedaya, Zeljko Ivanek, Kathleen Quinlan, Tony Shalhoub. In this fact-based drama a high-priced personal injury attorney represents eight families whose children died of leukemia after large corporations let toxic waste leak into the water supply in the Boston area. The case becomes an epic legal battle in which he puts his career, reputation and all that he owns on the line for the rights of his clients. 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Reviews and articles:
Bruzzi, Stella "A Civil Action." Sight and Sound 9:4 (April 1999) p. 39-40 Full-text of this article / review is available: UC Berkeley users only
Domagalski, Theresa A. "Contaminated Water and Leukemia in Woburn, MA: The Failings of Civil Action." Organization & Environment; Sep99, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p332, 7p
Jones, Kent. "A Civil Action." Film Comment 35:1 (January-February 1999) p. 76 Full-text of this article / review is available: UC Berkeley users only
McCann, Michael1; Haltom, William. "Ordinary Heroes vs. Failed Lawyers--Public Interest Litigation in Erin Brockovich and Other Contemporary Films." Law & Social Inquiry; Fall2008, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p1043-1070, 28p Full-text of this article / review is available: UC Berkeley users only
Roper, James E. "A Civil Action". Journal of Business Ethics, Feb2004 Part 1, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p307-309, 3pFull-text of this article / review is available: UC Berkeley users only
Waldman, Diane. "A Case for Corrective Criticism: A Civil Action." In: Law on the screen / edited by Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, Martha Merrill Umphrey. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.J8 L42 2005)