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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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Trivia

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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References Dial M for Murder (1954) See more »

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Slow but suspenseful
28 September 2005 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Johnson plays a womaniser accused of murdering his rich wife. DeMornay is the hot shot lawyer defending him. After a while DeMornay regrets having taken him on, gets convinced of his guilt and is afraid he may have some designs for her.

Slow but interesting thriller from Lumet. Film creates a kind of cat and mouse game between the two leads that's well written and fairly suspenseful. Rebecca DeMornay is tolerable in the lead, never quite convincing as the tough no nonsense lawyer. Much more effective when she's all broken down and vulnerable. Don Johnson however excels in his part, playing a slimy bad guy (who's, by the way, totally obsessed with himself) to a tee. Pity Johnson didn't establish himself as a major player in Hollywood.

Guilty as Sin is a bit slow but it's got a good story and some genuine suspense. You could do a lot worse.


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