RICHARD JEWELL (15)
RICHARD JEWELL (15)
Run time: 131 MINS
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde
Synopsis: “There is a bomb in Centennial Park. You have thirty minutes.” 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, his life ripped apart. Reaching out to independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant, Jewell staunchly professes his innocence. But Bryant finds he is out of his depth as he fights the combined powers of the FBI, GBI and APD to clear his client’s name, while keeping Richard from trusting the very people trying to destroy him.
Directed by the indefatigable veteran filmmaker Clint Eastwood, and based on true events, Richard Jewell is a heart-breaking story of what happens when what is reported as fact obscures the truth.
Oscar winner Eastwood’s screenplay by Oscar nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips), is based on a Vanity Fair article American Nightmare—The Ballad of Richard Jewell by Marie Brenner.
“There is a bomb in Centennial Park. You have thirty minutes.” With these words, the world is first introduced to Richard Jewell, the security guard who finds an explosive device at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Initial reports make him into a hero whose swift actions saved countless lives. But within days, the would-be law enforcement officer becomes the FBI’s number one suspect, his life ripped apart by a vicious press and public. Seeking help from independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant, Jewell staunchly continues to profess his innocence. But Bryant soon finds he is out of his depth as he fights the combined powers of the FBI, GBI and APD to clear his client’s name, while keeping Richard from trusting the very people who are trying to destroy him.
The film stars Oscar winners Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri) as Watson Bryant; Kathy Bates (Misery, TV’s American Horror Story) as Richard’s mother Bobi; Jon Hamm (Baby Driver, TV’s Mad Men) as the lead FBI investigator; Olivia Wilde (Life Itself) as Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs; and Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonymma) who stars as Richard Jewell.
Eastwood also produced the film under his Malpaso banner, alongside Tim Moore, Jessica Meier, Kevin Misher, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson and Jonah Hill.
His creative team includes director of photography Yves Bélanger and production designer Kevin Ishioka, with longtime costume designer Deborah Hopper and Oscar-winning editor Joel Cox (Unforgiven), who have worked with Eastwood throughout the years on numerous projects. The music is by Arturo Sandoval, who scored 2018’s The Mule.
Both Paul Walter Hauser and Sam Rockwell turn in winning performances in a compelling story of abuse of power by government and media, efficiently told.
Images courtesy of: WARNER BROS