Richard Jewell

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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.

Cast

  • Olivia Wilde
  • Paul Walter Hauser
  • Sam Rockwell
  • Jon Hamm
  • Kathy Bates
  • Nina Arianda
  • Ian Gomez
  • Wayne Duvall
  • Marc Farley
  • Mitchell Hoog

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Trivia

  • Originally, this movie was to be directed by Paul Greengrass, but he dropped out to do Jason Bourne (2016). David O. Russell was eventually approached for the project, but a deal never developed. It would be two years until April 2015, Clint Eastwood began to circle the project as his follow up to Sully (2016), but Eastwood chose another in-development project, The 15:17 to Paris (2018), to helm instead. In December 2016, Ezra Edelman, an Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker signed on to helm the project for his first directorial narrative feature film, but dropped out in late 2018 after not getting it off the ground. In May 2019, Clint Eastwood signed back on to direct.
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Goofs

  • The arcade early in the film features three Galaga machines. Sounds effects are heard from Galaga in the arcade long before anyone starts playing one of the machines.

Quotes

    • [repeated line]
    • Richard Jewell: There's a bomb in Centennial Park. You have thirty minutes.
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Metacritic

70
Dec 9, 2019

More diverting is the increasingly desperate forensics the FBI resorts to in order to build a case against Jewell, though it’s not always clear which tactics are simply thorough, now outdated, or flagrantly illegal. But Richard Jewell has so little to say about its time period or how the culture has shifted that it ends up exposing the relative quaintness of its concerns.

Metacritic review by Inkoo Kang
Inkoo Kang
Slate
80
Nov 21, 2019

It’s Hauser who carries the film in a rare and unlikely role, that of a presumed loser in life (the man did die just a few years later, at 44) who suffered very unwanted attention — but who, when he needed to, found a way to rise to the occasion.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
70
Nov 21, 2019

Thankfully, Eastwood’s sure grasp of this inherently compelling story mostly overcomes his sentimental propensities.

Metacritic review by Tim Grierson
Tim Grierson
Screen International