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Guilty as Sin (1993)

A female lawyer takes an accused wife-murderer as a client, but finds herself morally compelled to betray him one way or another.

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Phil Garson
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Moe Plimpton
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Judge D. Tompkins
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Prosecutor DiAngelo
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Emily, Jennifer's Assistant
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Miriam Langford (as Christina Baren)
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A man accused of murdering his wife approaches a hotshot female criminal attorney to take his case. The man is a self-professed womaniser, and his alleged motive would be the large sum of money his wife left him. The attorney begins to have second thoughts about representing him when he starts making it look like they're having an affair and tells her things she can't reveal because of lawyer/client privilege, so she starts her own investigation of him, which threatens her career and the safety of her friends and herself. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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4 June 1993 (USA)  »

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L'avocat du diable  »

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$22,886,222 (USA)
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Although it is set in the United States (presumably Chicago), filming was done exclusively in Canada. See more »

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Jennifer Haines (Rebecca De Mornay) is having dinner with her friend, Moe (Jack Warden). He fills her plate with spaghetti and sits down with the serving dish. His plate is clearly empty. In the next two shots, he has a full plate of food. See more »

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[At the desk, Moe is sitting in his desk, smoking while working. But suddenly, opening the door is David Greenhill]
Moe: Well, what can I do for you?
David Greenhill: Well, I thought I might be able to... help you out with that little biography you've been writing about me. You know, maybe help fill in some of the gaps.
Moe: Why would I be interested in you?
David Greenhill: 'Cause I'm a remarkable fellow, Moe. You've never met anyone quite like me before.
[David looking up places]
David Greenhill: God, places like these are bad for my allergies.
Moe: Well, I ...
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doesn't quite hang together
6 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie with good "bones" (written by Larry Cohen and directed by Sidney Lumet) that for some reason doesn't quite make it.

Rebecca DeMornay plays Jennifer Haines, an attorney who notices a man (Don Johnson) while tying up another case. He's staring her down, so she recognizes him again when he makes the newspaper for allegedly killing his wife and then walks into her office after being told she can't see him. His name is David Edgar Greenhill, and he wants Haines to defend her. She doesn't want to, but the court assigns her to the case over her objection. There's something about this guy that's creepy and makes her uneasy.

She's right to be uneasy. Greenhill knows all about her life and her boyfriend, and basically uses her as a pawn in his own schemes, all the while intimating that they're lovers and disrupting her relationship.

I'm going out on a limb here and guessing that this movie did not have a big budget, and that was part of the problem. It was filmed in Canada, and back in 1993 anyway that meant low-budget. Also, while I like Rebecca DeMornay and Don Johnson okay, they're not exactly Michelle Pfeiffer and Mel Gibson, to name two stars of that era. I think better acting would have helped the movie. Don Johnson was just too much of everything - overly oily, overly smooth speaking, overly gentlemanly, overly charming, overly dressed. Supposedly his character is a gigolo. Maybe some women are desperate enough to fall for this guy but anyone who can't see through his act is pathetic.

This movie needed a "star", an attractive man who comes off as very likable naturally, without it being put on, even someone going against type like John Travolta or Tom Hanks (this is the '90s, remember) and then it might have been more compelling. It isn't an easy role - he has to have a threatening subtext, a look in his eyes, something, with everything about him belying it until the claws really come out.

De Mornay, on the other hand, definitely conveyed her character's tension, anxiety, and attempt to stay calm, as well as a lot of allure.

Jack Warden gives good support as an investigator who helps De Mornay.

This is a decent story, with a few things that stretch reality, but like someone said on the board, Johnson is so evil you have to watch the whole thing to see if he gets his comeuppance. A worthy attempt if just not quite right.


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