A CIVIL ACTION, the book by Jonathan Harr, is recommended reading at just about any law school you go to. It should be required reading if you’re planning on going into litigation because it paints a great picture of the costs and stakes that go into taking a case to trial. This was a true story and the reason it was written as a book was because it shows the absolute extreme an attorney will go in handling a case. Most lawyers do not embark on the kind of suicidal mission that Jan Schlichtmann (John Travolta) did to represent a couple of families in Woburn, Massachusetts against W.R. Grace and Beatrice Foods. This film is one of the best, if not THE BEST, legal film I have seen. Below are 3 of my favorite clips from the movie, the first being the very opening of the film: