Guilty as Sin (1993)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  4 June 1993 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Garson
Moe Plimpton
Judge D. Tompkins
Ron White ...
Prosecutor DiAngelo
Emily, Jennifer's Assistant
Sean McCann ...
Nolan, Greenhill's Doorman
Lt. Bernard Martinez
Robert Kennedy ...
James Blendick ...
D.A. Heath
Christina Grace ...
Miriam Langford (as Christina Baren)
Lynne Cormack ...
Esther Rothman
Kathleen Bigelow


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 <>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

4 June 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'avocat du diable  »

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Box Office


$22,886,222 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Although it is set in the United States (presumably Chicago), filming was done exclusively in Canada. See more »


Before the climatic fall from the upper level, there is an obvious addition of footrests that have been added to the side of the balcony to serve as support for the stunt woman before she falls to the ground. See more »


Moe: I don't like to throw things away.
David Greenhill: Yeah, well, oh, sometimes you gotta get rid of the old to make way for the new, you know what I mean? I mean let's face it, old people they just kind of clutter up the world, know what I mean. They walk too slow and they talk too slow and they drive too slow and they're always in the fucking way, trying to remind you about how things used to be. Pain in the ass really.
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References Dial M for Murder (1954) See more »

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Don Johnson a revelation
20 October 2004 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

Every few years you see a performance by an actor in something that really impresses you, where you want to watch the whole thing again just to watch him/her, where the person is so fascinating as a character, so extraordinarily in that role, that the performance just BECOMES the experience. That was true in this movie with Don Johnson - on one level alone, he was more believable as a fabulously wealthy man who'd been wildly successful on all levels throughout his life - than anyone I've ever seen.

Think of say, the great performances of say, Steve McQueen in Thomas Crown Affair, any actor who's played James Bond, any of the wonderful character actors playing wealthy men in movies like My Man Godfrey, The Philadelphia Story, Holiday, The Awful Truth, Meet John Doe, Fifth Avenue Girl, Bachelor Mother, You Can't Take it With You -- and Don Johnson is yet more believable.

Nothing's ever gone wrong for this man - and he relies on it, and he's very very smart, and very very charming, and he knows all of that - and yet somehow he IS charming nonetheless -- And you suspect from the first moment, there is something bad there.

I remember thinking when I saw Lisa Eichhorn in 1979 in Yanks, that I had seen someone who really and truly seemed that character - Don Johnson seems this character and it's a great and effortless performance and you should see it. (And if you weren't a fan of his television series, don't worry - neither was I - I never really paid attention to him - and wham, I'm now a fan!).

This guy has gotten to be a superb actor.

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