Discarding bell bottoms and disco shirt for a lawyerly and suit and tie, John Travolta faces off against Robert Duvall in Steven Zaillian’s courtroom drama, A Civil Action. Based on Jonathan Harr’s non-fiction account of a small town’s struggle for environmental justice, the film follows Woburn, Massachusetts residents as they take on a local employer suspected of dumping toxic chemicals and causing several cases of juvenile leukemia.
Travolta plays a personal injury lawyer at first motivated by a
thirst for money and fame. Slowly, he finds himself fighting for
something more: the truth. As the toxic waters churn, tragedy unfolds
and the case becomes personal. A Civil Action highlights the challenge of bringing large corporations to justice--and the hubris of humankind.