Presumed Innocent 1990

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This courtroom mystery is a about prosecutor Rusty Sabich who's accused of murdering his ex-mistress. His marriage is in jeopardy as his wife doubts his innocence. His fight to clear his name becomes a whirlpool of lies and hidden passions.

Starring:
Harrison Ford,Greta Scacchi
Runtime:
2 hours, 6 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Director Alan J. Pakula
Starring Harrison Ford, Greta Scacchi
Supporting actors Raul Julia, Bonnie Bedelia, David Wohl, Paul Winfield, Brian Dennehy
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Colin Bentley on 10 Sept. 2009
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Apart from "Mosquito Coast" has Harrison Ford ever made a bad film?If he's in it you know it will be OK. This is more than OK it's a great plot, well scripted, well acted and a brilliant cast. And there is a real end twist....but you'll have to watch the movie to discover what it is. You certainly don't see it coming....at least I didn't.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 15 Jun. 2005
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Presumed Innocent is a good solid thriller/courtroom drama staring Harrison Ford as prosecutor Rusty Sabich who finds himself accused of the rape and murder of a female colleague. Although admitting he had an affair with this woman Sabich find that incriminating evidence has been found at the crime scene linking him with the offence. His boss turns against him and finding himself isolated from the rest of the legal community Sabich's only support seems to come from his betrayed wife and the lawyer hired to defend him.
The idea of being accused for a crime one didn't commit and then finding that the odds are stacked against you of proving your innocence is probably a nightmarish thought that scares most people. In this sense the film works very well as you can't possibly see a way out for Ford's character. What adds another element to the tale is that the personality of Sabich is one where you can actually believe he did commit the crime, making the plot a real guessing game all the way through.
Because Ford has to play this characteristic of "Did he? Didn't he?" his actual performance is quite subdued which is a surprise for such a big star. This does mean though that several bit part players really shine and put on great performances. Ones that caught my eye were Raul Julia as the lawyer hired to defence Sabich, John Spencer as the detective who doesn't abandon Sabich, Paul Winfield as the judge and Joe Grifasi as the short "chip on the shoulder" ridden Tommy Molto.
The film itself is quite slow to get going and only really comes to life when the courtroom scenes begin. The final twist in the tale is well worth waiting for, especially as not only does it contain a couple of separate twists but also leaves you wondering about the future of the main characters.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By kareem_x786@hotmail.com on 14 Nov. 2000
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Harrison Ford plays a District Atourney who has an affair with a colleague, which she breaks off. The colleage is then found murdered. All evidence points towards Mr Ford... but is he the culprit?? A good movie, with a brilliant twist at the end An excellent choice if you're after a murder/mystery movie. enough said.... buy the movie and judge for yourself!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 May 2011
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Presumed Innocent is directed by Alan J. Pakula, who also co-adapts for the screen with Frank Pierson from the Scott Turow novel. It stars Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Bonnie Bedelia, Raúl Juliá, Paul Winfield, John Spencer and Greta Scacchi. Music is scored by John Williams and Richard Wolf, and cinematography is by Gordon Willis.

Prosecuting attorney Rusty Sabich (Ford) suddenly finds himself a murder suspect after his one time lover, Carolyn Polhemus (Scacchi), is found raped and murdered in her home. As the evidence piles up against him, and his marriage comes under further strain, Rusty hires top lawyer Sandy Stern (Juliá) to represent him when the case goes to trial. Battling the system that he knows inside out, Rusty finds that there's a big can of worms about to be opened.

A tip top court room mystery drama that we could do with seeing more of these days. Expertly strung together by the director of All the Presidents Men and Sophie's Choice, Presumed Innocent isn't just a by the numbers legal who done it? The makers get in deep with the political machinations of a district attorney's office, the intricate steps of a police investigation, and of course the legal eagle operations of a court room. In to the mix is an horrendous crime, of which a lawyer himself is charged with committing, he may or may not be guilty of the crime, but wonderfully we are never sure until the astonishing finale plays out. The air of mystery hangs heavy throughout, nagging away like an itch you can't scratch, with Pakula neatly unfolding the drama in a collage of flashbacks, side-plots and present time intricacies.
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By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE on 28 April 2015
Format: DVD
As a lover of great legal drama/thillers, this had always passed me by as I was never sure what it was about. Something along the lines of the seedy thriller ‘Tightrope’ from Clint Eastwood popped into my head; a good man walking the line of right and wrong as he delves into the sordid nightlife of society. I was wrong however, and in light of recent events surrounding Harrison Ford’s plane crash, I wanted to watch a film from the great man. Sadly, the man still is great but this film wasn’t anything I had hoped.

On the whole, it’s a very average affair (literally) – the basic template of a man slowly being framed for murder of a woman he had an affair with, and soon facing the nightmare of losing everything he has tried to build while attempting to prove his innocence. Standard legal drama narrative. While the film starts well, establishing a nice cast with the likes of Ford, Brian Dennehy, Bonnie Bedelia and the wonderfully silver-tongued Raúl Juliá, all who are very engaging and engrossing on screen, all set up the scene for your usual tense, gritty and powerful display of right vs wrong, truth vs lies.

But nothing really comes of it and everything seems very placid in places, with no real moments of tension or nail-biting drama. The plot rolls on and we are spoon fed the next set-up so we can keep up with who deceives who, and why, and what motive they had, before a little more courtroom drama, and then hopping back out to explore the character’s and their battle of demons. While the acting calibre here is more than generous, they never really are given much to go on, and during the second half of the film, Ford is sadly reduced to not doing much, but always watchable and likeable.
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