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Presumed Innocent 1990

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4.4 out of 5 stars (50) IMDb 6.9/10

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, Brian Dennehy
Runtime:
2 hours, 6 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Director Alan J. Pakula
Starring Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy
Supporting actors Raul Julia, Bonnie Bedelia, Paul Winfield, Greta Scacchi, John Spencer, Joe Grifasi, Tom Mardirosian, Anna Maria Horsford, Sab Shimono, Bradley Whitford, Christine Estabrook, Michael Tolan, Madison Arnold, Ron Frazier, Jesse Bradford, Joseph Mazzello, Tucker Smallwood, Leland Gantt
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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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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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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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No spoilers:

Still great after many viewings - in time you see more and realise there is little to fault. Ford's acting in particular is still a wonder, just exactly how could it have been done better? And of course this allows all the other actors to step up - only Mr Moto and the Asian medic jar a little, otherwise near perfect.

The tale is slow by modern crash-bang-cue-jerky-visuals-cue-horrid-music - standards but I happening to consider than good having grown a bit tired of the effects which at times are intended as a cover poor acting and I suspect, because we can.

Special mention I think should got to the soundtrack which compliments Ford's subdued acting perfectly. Together these represent the character in the book extremely well.

Also worth re-viewing as the HD is better than the DVD version - would have been nice for a full re-master as the sound quality seemed off a times.
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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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