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Guilty Conscience (1985)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie
While an unfaithful criminal lawyer considers killing his wife, his spouse develops some schemes of her own.

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Criminal defense attorney Arthur Jamison wants to get a divorce from his wife Louise Jamison. He knows that the downside would be the hefty alimony payments his wife would receive from him. Instead of facing this monetary dilemma, he comes up with an imaginary alter ego to help him plan the perfect murder of his wife. Written by mts77

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Arthur Jamison's Double: Isn't it a fact that you are one of the prominent criminal attorneys in the state if not the country?
Arthur Jamison: Guilty!
Arthur Jamison's Double: Beg pardon?
Arthur Jamison: You make it difficult to be modest, counselor. Since I am under oath I'm simply agreeing with you.
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Weirdly entertaining made-for-TV movie with excellent performances...
15 July 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

ANTHONY HOPKINS is the mentally agile lawyer who is continually thinking up ways to get rid of his wife, the fashionable and elegant BLYTHE DANNER. Evidently, their stormy marriage is at a breaking point and he decides he must plot her demise rather than go through with a messy divorce.

But what follows has enough plot turns to hold your interest, although the device of having Hopkins weigh all considerations against a trial lawyer (Hopkins in a dual role) gets a little tiresome after awhile. Not that he isn't a compelling actor whether playing the lawyer or the prosecutor, and he does create sympathy for a very detestable man.

The plot takes quite a surprising turn when SWOOSIE KURTZ shows up as his mistress, another very calculating character who has some surprises of her own to throw into the mix.

It all has the feel of a poor man's DIAL M FOR MURDER, showing its TV origins within some narrow settings. But you have to give credit to the writers who keep the tale spinning right until the sudden finish.

The cat-and-mouse byplay between husband and wife is reminiscent of the sort of banter between Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine in SLEUTH, but the overall result is not quite as clever.


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