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Guilty Conscience (1985)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 2 April 1985
While an unfaithful criminal lawyer considers killing his wife, his spouse develops some schemes of her own.

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David Greene
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Complete credited cast:
Anthony Hopkins ... Arthur Jamison
Blythe Danner ... Louise Jamison
Swoosie Kurtz ... Jackie Willis
Donegan Smith Donegan Smith ... Arthur Jamison's Double
Wiley Harker Wiley Harker ... Older Man
Ruth Manning Ruth Manning ... Older Woman
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Storyline

Criminal defense attorney Arthur Jamison (Sir Anthony Hopkins) wants to get a divorce from his wife Louise Jamison (Blythe Danner). He knows that the downside would be the hefty alimony payments his wife would receive from him. Instead of facing this monetary dilemma, he comes up with an imaginary alter ego to help him plan the perfect murder of his wife. Written by mts77

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Louise Jamison: Ms. Willis - you're a very intelligent woman.
Jackie Willis: Nah - you just caught me on a good day.
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A treat for Mystery, Hopkins, Danner, Sleuth fans!
11 July 2001 | by sestinatimSee all my reviews

Fans of Anthony Hopkins will delight in this carefully staged teleplay. Fans of Blythe Danner will also be pleased to see a favorite character actress given more screen time than usual.

Although the plot is fairly standard and the events mostly predictable, it comes off much better than say your average Perry Mason or Columbo Movie. Hopkins, as a high-priced, high-power attorney, is delightful as he comically and and viciously destroys his own plans for his wife's murder. The play succeeds in its own ability to recognize its weaknesses. Unlike most television mysteries where the audience is asked to ignore the plot holes and revel in the detective's brilliance at spotting the clue and solving the crime, this play takes pride in pointing out its own holes as it goes along. As an audience participation spectacle, it is fun to play along, spotting the holes before the characters do. Overall, it's a bit static, with the vast majority of the action never leaving the main house, and cynics will find fault or boredom with the events leading up to the conclusion. But fans of the genre, or of Hopkins, will no doubt remain intrigued and find the ending quite satisfying. The whole play comes off much like the great Olivier and Caine character study, "Sleuth" and those who have seen that longish masterpiece know what kind of a compliment that is, and will also appreciate that this is 34 minutes shorter.

Mystery fans can do much worse for an evenings entertainment.


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