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Presumed Innocent (1990)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  27 July 1990 (USA)
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When the female deputy prosecutor R.K. Sabich had an affair with is murdered, he is chosen to lead the investigation. However, when he digs too deeply, he finds himself framed for the murder.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Larren Lyttle
Carolyn Polhemus
Det. Lipranzer
Nico Della Guardia
'Painless' Kumagai
Jamie Kemp
Lydia 'Mac' MacDougall
Mr. Polhemus
Madison Arnold ...
Sgt. Lionel Kenneally


After his former girlfriend is killed and he becomes the prime suspect, D.A. Rusty Sabich goes on a search to find the real killer and finds out he/she may be closer to him than he thinks. Written by Sean Hanson <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


$86,303,188 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A house used for the interior and exterior settings for the Sabich residence is located in Allendale, New Jersey. See more »


Carolyn's name is spelled "Polehemus" on the bond slip, while in the credits it is spelled "Polhemus". 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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Gripping but thorough moral thriller
18 January 2005 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

This is cracking matinée fare. The cast is a big pool of Hollywood stalwarts as a fine supporting ensemble giving a thoughtful, adult vehicle to a typically thoughtful, adult lead from Harrison Ford. The drama is quite quiet and internal: don't be put off, as the cast handle it in a way decided non-European, investing characters with credible melodramatics and keeping everything entirely engaging. Some of the best courtroom set pieces I can remember.

The plot is a detailed psychological thriller that one finds hard to keep absolutely on top of, yet Pakula keeps his eye on the top layer. The story unfolds steadily and inexorably. I watched it for a second time on DVD this morning and even knowing the ending and the twists that bring it about I couldn't see them flagged up at any point in Ford's performance.

It's a film about the strengths and weaknesses of law - of civilisation

  • of the pitfalls of trying to be moral (referred to as 'ideal'

throughout). Above all it tries to address humanity and love which it does patiently, accurately and really very entertainingly 8/10

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