• Publication date: September 3, 2011

The Pelican Brief

A law student threatens to uncover an oil tycoon's involvement in two judges' murders.

  • Publication date: September 3, 2011

The Pelican Brief

Program data

Duration: 150

Production Year: 1993

MBC 2:

July 24, 2015 16:30 (KSA) ~ July 24, 2015 15:30 (CLT)

A terrorist has assassinated two Supreme Court justices, though a law student named Darby Shaw (Julia Roberts)does not believe that the killings were politically motivated.  Her mentor and lover, law professor Thomas Callahan (Sam Shepard) presents Darby's theory to FBI officials, and is murdered soon thereafter.

An independent investigation leads Shaw to an oil tycoon who sought drilling rights on a Louisiana marshland, but was denied.  The two murdered justices were sympathetic to environmental causes, and without their presence the tycoon's plans can finally move forward.  Darby's life is endangered as she uncovers a conspiracy reaching the highest levels of government.

The Pelican Brief was nominated for two MTV Movie Awards.  It earned $195 million internationally -- more than quadruple its $45 million budget.


  • Julia Roberts
  • Denzel Washington
  • Sam Shepard