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Presumed Innocent (1990)

Carolyn Polhemus, an up-and-comer in the Kindle County D.A.'s Office, is found viciously murdered in her home. Immediately her boss, D.A. Raymond Horgan and his chief deputy, Rusty Sabich ... See full summary »

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Judge Larren Lyttle
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Carolyn Polhemus
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Det. Lipranzer
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Nico Della Guardia
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Eugenia
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'Painless' Kumagai
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Jamie Kemp
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Lydia 'Mac' MacDougall
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Mr. Polhemus
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Sgt. Lionel Kenneally
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Carolyn Polhemus, an up-and-comer in the Kindle County D.A.'s Office, is found viciously murdered in her home. Immediately her boss, D.A. Raymond Horgan and his chief deputy, Rusty Sabich start an investigation. Horgan, however, is in the middle of a campaign to keep his job, which he ultimately loses to former subordinate Nico Della Guardia. Della Guardia and his new deputy, Tommy Molto, decide to prosecute Sabich for Carolyn's murder when it is revealed that Sabich was a former lover of Polhemus. Horgan also turns against his former subordinate, and Rusty soon realizes he has few friends left - except for Sandy Stern, whom he has often faced on the other side of the courtroom, and who will become his new defense lawyer when he is put on trial for murder. Investigation by Stern and his team leads them to think that Rusty was framed for murder - by Molto, who wanted Sabich's job and was trying to punish him for backing Horgan. Is Rusty Sabich innocent...or is he a murderer? Written by Derek O'Cain

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Attraction. Desire. Deception. Murder. No one is ever completely innocent. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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27 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aus Mangel an Beweisen  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$86,303,188 (USA)
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Trivia

Paul Winfield read the novel in the late 80s and loved it, telling his agent if a movie was ever made, he had to have the role of the judge. A few years later when the movie was actually in preproduction, Winfield campaigned hard for the part of the judge, impressing director Alan J. Pakula, who auditioned him and subsequently cast him. See more »

Goofs

A reporter thrusts a small tape recorder in front of Sandy Stern outside the courthouse, and it is possible to see that there is no tape in it. Although this is a mistake, it may be a mistake by the character holding the tape recorder, not the filmmakers. See more »

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[first lines]
Rusty Sabich: [voiceover] I'm a prosecutor. I'm part of the business of accusing, judging and punishing. I explore the evidence of a crime and determine who is charged, who is brought to this room to be tried before his peers. I present my evidence to the jury and they deliberate upon it. They must determine what really happened. If they cannot, we will not know whether the accused deserves to be freed or should be punished. If they cannot find the truth, what is our hope of justice?
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Featured in Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) See more »

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MacNamara's Band
Music by Shamus O'Connor
Original Lyrics by John J. Stamford
American Version Lyrics by Red Latham, Walter Carlson (as Wamp Carlson) and Guy Bonham
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Excellent legal drama
27 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Presumed Innocent presents a stiff challenge to its principal actors. Many of them must read their lines and convey body language that is ambiguous, suggesting both guilt or innocence and good or evil. The talented cast accomplishes this superbly. The story (based on a book of the same name which I haven't read) intelligently and knowledgeably examines the morality of the legal system and how it is compromised because of human fallibility. All in all, this was a very engrossing motion picture. Strongly recommended, 8/10.


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