Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell

Clint Eastwood (2019)

130min
15 Certificate
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Review

Based on the true story of a terrorist attack at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, this biopic profiles the titular security guard (Paul Walter Hauser, I, Tonya) who was hailed as a hero for saving lives when a nail bomb detonated but who later came under suspicion of planting the device himself. A socially awkward loner with a fondness for collecting guns, Jewell underwent trial by media after it was leaked that the FBI (represented here by Jon Hamm's composite character) was investigating every aspect of his life. Director Clint Eastwood initially maps out an account of Ordinary Joe heroism with little fuss or fanfare, but veers towards heavy-handedness and soap-box outrage when Jewell finds himself at the centre of the storm. Hauser and Sam Rockwell as his slick lawyer bring depth to their portrayals, infinitely more subtle than the cartoon villainy of Hamm and Olivia Wilde as a headline-hungry journalist.

Cast & Crew

Richard Jewell Paul Walter Hauser
Watson Bryant Sam Rockwell
Bobi Jewell Kathy Bates
Tom Shaw Jon Hamm
Kathy Scruggs Olivia Wilde
Nadya Light Nina Arianda
Dan Bennet Ian Gomez
Dr W Ray Cleere Charles Green
Director Clint Eastwood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: swearingReleased on: 31 Jan 2020