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A Civil Action
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A Civil Action

25th December 1998
1h 55m
Steven Zaillian
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A Civil Action is a Drama Courtroom film released on 25th December 1998; Steven Zaillian directed the film which stars Robert Duvall, John Travolta, and James Gandolfini. The film was a box office failure, making a loss of $13,297,099 on its budget.


Jan Schlickmann is a cynical lawyer who goes out to 'get rid of' a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything—including his career and his clients' goals—in order to continue the case against all odds.

Genres & Themes

Cast (61)

Robert Duvall's profile
Robert Duvall
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 66
John Travolta's profile
John Travolta
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 43
James Gandolfini's profile
James Gandolfini
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 36
William H. Macy's profile
William H. Macy
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 47
John Lithgow's profile
John Lithgow
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 52
Kathy Bates's profile
Kathy Bates Bankruptcy Judge (uncredited)
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 49
Stephen Fry's profile
Stephen Fry
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 40
Harry Dean Stanton's profile
Harry Dean Stanton
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 71
Tony Shalhoub's profile
Tony Shalhoub
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 44
Zeljko Ivanek's profile
Zeljko Ivanek
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 40
Dan Hedaya's profile
Dan Hedaya
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 57
Kathleen Quinlan's profile
Kathleen Quinlan
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 43
Paul Ben-Victor's profile
Paul Ben-Victor
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 32
Josh Pais's profile
Josh Pais
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 33
Daniel von Bargen's profile
Daniel von Bargen
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 47
David Thornton's profile
David Thornton
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 44
Peter Jacobson's profile
Peter Jacobson
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 32
Denise Dowse's profile
Denise Dowse
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 39
Jay Patterson's profile
Jay Patterson
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 43
Ned Eisenberg's profile
Ned Eisenberg
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 40
Rob McElhenney's profile
Rob McElhenney
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 20
Brian Turk's profile
Brian Turk
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 27
Sydney Pollack's profile
Sydney Pollack
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 63
Mary Mara's profile
Mary Mara
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 37
Charles Levin's profile
Charles Levin
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 48
Margot Rose's profile
Margot Rose
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 41
Haskell V. Anderson III
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 54
Kaiulani Lee's profile
Kaiulani Lee
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 47
Robert Cicchini's profile
Robert Cicchini
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 38
Byron Jennings's profile
Byron Jennings
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 47
Alan Wilder's profile
Alan Wilder
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 44
Gene Wolande's profile
Gene Wolande
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 41
Juliana Donald
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 33
Bruce Norris
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 37
Rikki Klieman
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 49

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Production Companies

Wildwood Enterprises

A Civil Action Stats

Cast Age

Estimated Ages At Time of Filming

3% 20-29
15% 30-39
30% 40-49
5% 50-59
3% 60-69
2% 70-79
43% Unknown

Cast Genders

Who Is Most Represented

20% Female
80% Male

Good/Bad Characters

More Heroes of Villains?

100% Neutral/Unknown

Character Types

What Characters Feature

100% Unknown

A Civil Action FAQ

When was A Civil Action released?

A Civil Action was released 25 years ago, on Friday December 25th, 1998.

How much did A Civil Action cost to make?

The budget was $70,000,000.

How much money did A Civil Action make?

The worldwide revenue was $56,702,901.

Is A Civil Action on Netflix?

No, A Civil Action is not currently available on Netflix in the United States

Is A Civil Action on Amazon Prime?

No, A Civil Action is not currently available on Amazon Prime in the United States

Is A Civil Action on Disney Plus?

No, A Civil Action is not currently available on Disney+ in the United States