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Guilty Conscience (1985)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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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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A treat for Mystery, Hopkins, Danner, Sleuth fans!
11 July 2001 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Fans of Anthony Hopkins will delight in this carefully staged teleplay. Fans of Blythe Danner will also be pleased to see a favorite character actress given more screen time than usual.

Although the plot is fairly standard and the events mostly predictable, it comes off much better than say your average Perry Mason or Columbo Movie. Hopkins, as a high-priced, high-power attorney, is delightful as he comically and and viciously destroys his own plans for his wife's murder. The play succeeds in its own ability to recognize its weaknesses. Unlike most television mysteries where the audience is asked to ignore the plot holes and revel in the detective's brilliance at spotting the clue and solving the crime, this play takes pride in pointing out its own holes as it goes along. As an audience participation spectacle, it is fun to play along, spotting the holes before the characters do. Overall, it's a bit static, with the vast majority of the action never leaving the main house, and cynics will find fault or boredom with the events leading up to the conclusion. But fans of the genre, or of Hopkins, will no doubt remain intrigued and find the ending quite satisfying. The whole play comes off much like the great Olivier and Caine character study, "Sleuth" and those who have seen that longish masterpiece know what kind of a compliment that is, and will also appreciate that this is 34 minutes shorter.

Mystery fans can do much worse for an evenings entertainment.


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