Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Pelican Brief (1993)

Politics is NOT an area of interest to me.  But throw in a little Hollywood magic and some A-list movie stars and I'll flock ;-) to the theater like I did when The Pelican Brief was released.  That classroom constitutional rights debate went right over my head but I was able to follow most of the political thriller, based on the John Grisham novel.  

Julia Roberts, known to light up the theater with her smile, gives her zygomaticus major a rest as she takes on the role of Darby Shaw.  Roberts plays a New Orleans law school student who drafts a brief implicating The White House in the assassination of two Supreme Court justices, shaking Washington to it's core.  Speaking of Washington, Denzel plays reporter Gray Grantham who helps Darby investigate her theory while she's on the run.

The Pelican Brief was the second John Grisham movie to be released and several more would come during the 90's.  It was a box office hit, the last one for America's Sweetheart until My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) where her career took flight again ;-)

The Pelican Brief was filmed in Washington, DC, New York, NY and New Orleans, LA

Location: Grantham & White House Source's Lunch
Address: 1213 U Street NW, Washington, DC  Ben's Chili Bowl

Location: Gray Grantham's Townhouse 
Address: 205 3rd Street NE, Washington, DC

Location: Grantham Follows Garcia 
Address: Indiana Plaza NW, Washington, DC

Location: Thomas & Darby's Restaurant
Address: 713 Saint Louis Street, New Orleans, LA  Antoine's

They still have the same chairs...

Location: Thomas' Car Explodes
Address: 537 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA

Location: Darby's Bar/Laundromat
Address: 721 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA  Tropical Isle Bourbon

Location: Darby Runs Through French Quarter
Address: near 1025 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA

Thanks to the Santa's Quarters sign seen briefly in the background, I was able to track down this street...

Help comes to her rescue in front of 1011 Decatur Street...

Location: Mardi Gras

Address: Bourbon & Orleans Street, New Orleans, LA

The memorable shot showing the decadence is where the bar/laundromat is located...

Location: Darby Escapes Assassin
Address: 2 Canal Street, New Orleans  Spanish Plaza Riverwalk 

Currently undergoing a facelift...

Location: Grantham Calls Darby
Address: SE Corner of Central Park, New York, NY

Location: Grantham's Subway Station
Address: U Street-Cardozo Metro Station, Washington, DC

Location: Justice Jensen's Funeral
Address: 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC  National Cathedral

Location: Grantham's Hotel
Address: 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC  Omni Shoreham Hotel

Location: Georgetown Law School
Address: 600 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC  Georgetown University Law Center

Location: Park Lane Hospital
Address: 3100 Macomb Street NW, Washington, DC  

The Mansion, Washington International School

Location: White & Blazevich 
Address: 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC  Warner Building

Location: The Parking Garage
Address: 1220 E Street NW, Washington, DC  

Location: The Bank
Address: 1501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Bank of America (formerly Riggs National Bank)

Locations Visited: November 2015, February 2017, March 2018

Still Need To Visit:

U.S. Supreme Court Protest

Still Need To Locate:

Justice Rosenberg's Townhouse
The President's Hospital
Mrs. Morgan's House
Callahan's Memorial Service

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