Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell

DVD - 2020
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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, and his life ripped apart. Reaching out to independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant, Jewell staunchly professes his innocence.

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PalyAlum
Jan 04, 2021

Outstanding acting, great movie, great directing by Clint. I love this movie. Paul Walter Hauser (Richard Jewell) and Jon Hamm (FBI agent) really should have won Oscars or at least been nominated. A tragic real story is told well.

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MichelleinBallard
Nov 23, 2020

Cinematically, the film is a powerful and engaging exposé of abuses of power by media and law enforcement personnel. Paul Walter Hauser portrays Richard Jewell as a complex and sympathetic man victimized by reckless, powerful people and institutions seemingly determined to prove the truth of the adage that no good deed goes unpunished. Clint Eastwood's directing drives the story forward at an engaging pace that never skip skips a beat. Sam Rockwell and Kathy Bates deliver powerful supporting performances. Olivia Wilde's portrayal of Kathy Scruggs is also multi-dimensional and renders even her troubled character as sympathetic.

I can see why so many critics and media folks disliked this film. It drives home the point that members of the mainstream corporate media are not disinterested, angelic beings. Too many of them are willing to place their personal and corporate agendas ahead of truth and ethics in return for the financial and other personal rewards of a juicy story regardless of who gets hurt.

The dominant media response to *Richard Jewell* has not been to engage in introspective soul-searching and lament the harm done to Richard Jewell. Rather, predictably, it has been to whine about the portrayal of reporter Kathy Scruggs who was, by all accounts, most responsible for destroying Jewell's reputation. As *Vanity Fair* reported last year (12/13/2019): "[Billy] Ray and [Marie] Brenner, among others, claim that the outsize focus on the Scruggs scene is a deliberate effort to deflect from the real story: the *Atlanta Journal-Constitution's* flawed, and destructive, reporting on Jewell." True that.

In the film, as in real life, the FBI's handling of the case is revealed as worthy of well-deserved scorn. With zero corroborating evidence the FBI decided Jewell "fit the profile" and proceeded to ignore that evidence that didn't support their conclusion. Do yourself a favor, ignore the critics and watch *Richard Jewell*.

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ralwal
Nov 23, 2020

As usual Clint Eastwood did a great job of storytelling with very realistic characters. Very good.

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TubinLouie
Nov 08, 2020

I liked this movie. Good acting. Made me believe I was watching the real security guard, with his Mother...and the harassment they received from our government for doing his job.

JCLHeatherM Oct 26, 2020

A dramatization of the bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Excellent pacing and a very compelling story but I was stunned at how the FBI was able to go after the security guard (Richard Jewell portrayed by Paul Walter Hauser) with what was very little evidence at the beginning and then further invade his civil liberties by attempting to get him to make a confession under false pretenses. After watching the film, I find myself craving some nonfiction on this piece to see if the behavior of the FBI was grossly exaggerated for effect or if this is what actually went down. As good as the film was, it has come under fire from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (among other sources) for its portrayal of now deceased reporter Kathy Scruggs (portrayed by Oliva Wilde).

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Dr_Alex
Oct 06, 2020

Movie could've (should've) been shorter (standard 90 Min.), but apparently the filmmaker has tried to stay true to the characterization of Richard Jewell by his family. In further defense of the movie, it's quite clear that the protagonist exhibits below average levels of psychological maturity and intelligence, which would explain his seemingly dubious social behavior. Cathy Bates added the gravitas and name recognition and the House MD alumnus put on a outstanding performance as the unorthodox journalist. This movie is also a good lesson about perils of a bad diet resulting in obesity and premature end of life.

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voisjoe1_0
Sep 26, 2020

A good film, but not nearly as good as Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man." What could the director have included? A ticking time bomb? No suspicion that the protagonist may be in the gang to make a lot of money.

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simonbrenden
Sep 13, 2020

Strangely for a Clint Eastwood production, the film was flat in certain sections. It is difficult to believe in such a trusting person as Mr Jewell; I find it hard to fathom someone being do respectful of authority. I would like to have known more about some of the main characters such as the awful FBI agents and the reporters i.e. did they get reprimanded or lose their jobs for their reckless behaviour?

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Ted_42
Sep 12, 2020

While there were a few instances where the movie seemed sort of plodding I think overall this was a good movie. It's important to be reminded of Richard Jewell's innocence and how he was victimized. Even today we still see FBI leaks and misleading media creating false narratives.

The DVD came with a special feature with interviews. One of the actors being interviewed alluded to a Twitter mob echo chamber. That seemed fitting.

Portrayal couldn’t make me care about Jewell, who basically fawns over anything connected to law enforcement to the point of ignoring/forgiving his mistreatment. And maybe that’s part of the point: just because we can’t relate to/empathize with someone who seems so unwilling to stand up for himself doesn't mean it’s ok to roll over them by irresponsible journalists and narrow-focused law enforcement. But was the real Jewell really that over the top that way? Seemed a bit of a heavy-handed approach to the story, more to make a point than to really tell Jewell’s story.

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jimg2000
Sep 03, 2020

These three quotes are not included in IMDb's list of 10 as of now:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3513548/quotes/?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

There's a lot of lawyers in the phone book. What'd you pick me for?
-I picked you because you were the only one at the U.S. Small Business Admin bureau who didn't treat me like a five-year-old, and call me "bag of snacks" and "blimp," "Michelin Man," and "Pillsbury Doughboy." You're the only one who treated me like a human being! And now you're just yelling at me, telling me to be somebody that I'm not! I don't know how to be that guy! You're that guy! I'm me!
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... a former law enforcement officer, fits the profile of the lone bomber. This profile generally includes a frustrated white man who is a former police officer, member of the military, or police wannabe who seeks to become a hero.
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Well, first of all, profiles are always just a jumping-off point. Oklahoma City had two bombers, if you remember.

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reginator_22
Jul 10, 2020

Nadya Light: Where I come from, when the government says someone's guilty, it's how you know they're innocent.

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reginator_22
Jul 10, 2020

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