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Presumed Innocent (1990)

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As a lawyer investigates the murder of a colleague, he finds himself more connected to the crime than anyone else.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lydia 'Mac' MacDougall
Mr. Polhemus
Madison Arnold ...
Sergeant Lionel Kenneally


Rozat Sabich - Rusty to most that know him, even in formal circumstances - is the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Kindle County, Illinois. His wife, Barbara Sabich, has been struggling with focus on completing her Ph.D. dissertation in Mathemetics - a thus far ten year process - she who nonetheless is applying for a college teaching position. They are generally in a loving, supportive marriage, Barbara who seems to have gotten over Rusty's infidelity with his colleague Carolyn Polhemus, an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Carolyn is ambitious, she who, in part, used Rusty to try and climb up the ladder. Barbara will still throw the issue of Carolyn in his face whenever there are problems between the two. Rusty and Carolyn's affair is unknown to others in their personal and professional circles. Rusty is handed the most personal case of his career when his boss and mentor, Chief Prosecuting Attorney Raymond Horgan, assigns him the case to discover who killed Carolyn, her dead body... Written by Huggo

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


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Release Date:

27 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aus Mangel an Beweisen  »


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,718,981, 29 July 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Kevin Costner and Robert Redford turned down the role of Rusty Sabich. See more »


When Rusty is discussing the case in Stern's office, there is a small figurine of a deer on the end table holding the lamp. When the camera angle changes to Rusty sitting next to the same table, the figurine is gone. See more »


[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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Referenced in City Guys: Presumed Innocent (2000) See more »


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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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