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Richard Jewell simplifies the real-life events that inspired it -- yet still proves that Clint Eastwood remains a skilled filmmaker of admirable economy.

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Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on true events, "Richard Jewell" is a story of what happens when what is reported as fact obscures the truth. "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.

Cast

Sam Rockwell
as Watson Bryant
Kathy Bates
as Bobi Jewell
Jon Hamm
as Tom Shaw
Olivia Wilde
as Kathy Scruggs
Paul Walter Hauser
as Richard Jewell
Ian Gomez
as Agent Dan Bennett
Charles Green
as Dr. W. Ray Cleere
Marc Farley
as Donut Buyer
Wayne Duvall
as Polygraph Examiner
Mitchell Hoog
as Teen Intern
Randy Havens
as Sound Tech
Niko Nicotera
as Dave Dutchess
Shiquita James
as Olympic Attendee
Mike Pniewski
as Brandon Hamm
Beth Keener
as Pregnant Woman
Deja Dee
as Woman in Park
Matthew Byrge
as Air Force Security
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  • The truth is "Richard Jewell" only pretends to care about the man, and uses him as a symbol to service Eastwood's agenda.

    Dec 13, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Eastwood... has twisted the story to suit his ends. The sad thing is that he didn't need to - he has plenty of good material, and his direction is fluid and unfussy.

    Dec 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • By keeping the tone from becoming too somber and generating a degree of sympathy for Jewell, Eastwood has crafted an engaging (albeit fictionalized) account of the triumph of ordinary men over the establishment.

    Dec 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The story is compelling -- from hero to reviled heel in no time flat. In a jauntier time it might have been raw material for social satire; in our day it's a cautionary tale about abuse of power by the press and government alike.

    Dec 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This film about the smearing of an innocent man is itself a hit piece.

    Dec 12, 2019 | Full Review…

    Chris Klimek

    NPR
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  • This is a morality tale - in a good way, mostly - about the vulnerability of the individual citizen in the face of state power and about the fate of a private person menaced by the machinery of publicity.

    Dec 12, 2019 | Full Review…

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