An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a "third person" in the room during the murder. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone's perception of the crime and what really happened.
Richard Gere ... Martin Vail
Laura Linney ... Janet Venable
Edward Norton ... Aaron Stampler
John Mahoney ... John Shaughnessy
Frances McDormand ... Dr. Molly Arrington
Alfre Woodard ... Judge Miriam Shoat
Terry O'Quinn ... Bud Yancy