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Presumed Innocent (1990)

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

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Judge Larren Lyttle
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Carolyn Polhemus
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Lydia 'Mac' MacDougall
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Storyline

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 <rantingr@hotmail.com>

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Some people would kill for love. See more »


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27 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aus Mangel an Beweisen  »

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$86,303,188 (USA)
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Theatrical film debut of Joseph Mazzello. See more »

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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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Referenced in Bates Motel: Presumed Innocent (2014) 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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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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