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Guilty as Sin (1993)

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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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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
Sean McCann ...
Nolan, Greenhill's Doorman
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Lt. Bernard Martinez
Robert Kennedy ...
Caniff
James Blendick ...
McMartin
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D.A. Heath
Christina Grace ...
Miriam Langford (as Christina Baren)
Lynne Cormack ...
Esther Rothman
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Kathleen Bigelow
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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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At 01:24:20, at the end of the trial when Moe lives the courtroom Jennifer's coat is visible on the first chairs behind the defense bench, neatly folded and resting against the back rest. Seconds later, when she picks it up, it is just lying on the seat of the chair. 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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A Very Underrated Courtroom thriller that deserves more attention
1 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie numerous times and it has become one of my favourites.

Rebecca DeMornay gives a convincing portrayal of slick Chicago Lawyer Jennifer Haines, who is looking to "feel her oats" as she puts it by taking on the toughest cases she can find. Enter the completely psychotic David Greenhill played extremely smoothly and surprisingly convincingly by Don Johnson.

He is a compulsive womaniser and has lived off of women most of his life. He is cold calculating but also incredibly charming and attractive to women. He is accused of throwing his wife from an 18 storey window and makes a good case for his own innocence. DeMornay though initially reluctant eventually decides to take on his case and here begins a nerve shredding game of Cat and Mouse that will ultimately end badly for one of them.

I really enjoyed the photography and the top drawer performances from the two leads, in particular Don Johnson who totally surprised me in his ability to portray a truly psychotic individual.

Stephen Lang's role as DeMornay's boyfriend is small and ultimately inconsequential in the film, Jack Warden's part is also fairly small but he does okay as an investigative aide to DeMornay. Ultimately though your eyes will be firmly glued on the two leads, to see how this plays out.

The ending although a little unbelievable does not detract much from the film which for me is worth 7/10


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