The Pelican Brief, 1993, cost $45 million to make and brought in $195.3 million: a pretty damn good return that gave all of its stars booster rockets for anything they wanted next to pursue. Denzel Washington was perfectly cast as the reporter putting his life on the line. Julia Roberts was good as the law student who seems to be running for her life from the opening scene. Fortunatley she is kept in line by a good script and a good director. The movie itself fits with a world that loves conspiracy theory and the thought that everyone with money and connections just has to be 'dirty'. The President is being charged with obstruction of justice by asking people to step back from investigating the powerful figure running the oil industry. Where have we heard about claims of obstruction of justice in our world? But John Grisham writes drama and promotes conspiracy wherever he turns his attention to. Remember, this is only a movie.