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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of your seat intrigue.
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.
Published on 10 Sep 2009 by Colin Bentley

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1.0 out of 5 stars Presumed Innocent
not my cup of tea a too much over the top I wouldn,t shout about it and I like Harrison Ford but not this one
Published on 12 Sep 2012 by T. Mcguinness


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of your seat intrigue., 10 Sep 2009
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Colin Bentley (Culgoa,Victoria, Australia) - See all my reviews
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Presumed Innocent, 15 Jun 2005
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Rich Milligan (Thatcham, Berkshire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Presumed Innocent [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Murder Mystery, 14 Nov 2000
This review is from: Presumed Innocent [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Harrison Ford fans, 4 Jan 2014
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A good film, great value for money and it stars Harrison Ford who does a great job as usual. What more can you ask for?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 28 Oct 2013
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It arrived on time and in good condition. Then again, Zoverstocks are very good at their job. Film was a good film if you like courtroom dramas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Presumed Innocent thriller, 6 July 2013
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A brilliant thriller with a tense storyline, you wonder if he will ever survive the trauma, exciting film would recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Watch for old film, 23 Jun 2013
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Good story with nice twist at the end. You may or may not work it out. Good performance by Ford
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars harrison ford is tops., 1 April 2013
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always brilliant every time you watch. acting is tops.everyone should try watching this.running out of words grrreat!!!!!!!!watch this one.go on!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT FILM., 2 Mar 2013
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Excellent film. I enjoyed watching this film. I would recommend Harrison Ford's films to anybody who loves good quality films.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love-it's a killer., 31 May 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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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. Mood is heightened by the photography of Gordon Willis, who along with Pakula's looming camera work, manages to convey a claustrophobic feel in keeping with an unstable marriage and a court room itself.

A great cast is assembled for the picture. Ford expertly plays it low key, brooding intently, he makes us unsure as to his guilt or innocence, and that's a testament to how good his performance is. Bedelia is excellent as the stoic wife, holding it together as the marital cracks begin to appear, and Juliá dominates the second half of the picture as we shift to the court room. Dennehy does a nice line in morally compromised smarm, and Scacchi wonderfully exudes a femme fatale sexuality. Winfield is a mighty presence as the judge presiding over such a tricky case, and Spencer is as reliable as ever. Only disappointments come with the performances of Joe Grifasi and Tom Mardirosian, who as the prosecutors come across as wimpy and hardly brick tight lawyers trying a high profile murder case.

An intense and intellectual adult drama, Presumed Innocent is one of the best of its type from the modern era. 8.5/10
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