The film tells the story of a Chicago defense attorney who believes that his altar boy client is not guilty of murdering an influential Catholic Archbishop.
Primal Fear was a box office success and earned mostly positive reviews, with Edward Norton making a strong showing in his film debut. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.
The soundtrack included Portuguese fado song “Canção do Mar” sung by Dulce Pontes. The music was written by James Newton-Howard. Two tracks that are not released on the official soundtrack album is written by Steve Porcaro.