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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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Cast

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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Criminal defense attorney Arthur Jamison wants to get a divorce from his wife Louise Jamison. 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

Color:

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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great TV movie from Levinson & Link
4 June 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Back in the '80s, Anthony Hopkins made a lot of TV movies, some which used his great talent to advantage, and others in which he was underused. Here he is teamed with Blythe Danner and Swoosie Kurtz in a Levinson-Link concoction, "Guilty Conscience." Levinson and Link were really masters of suspense and mystery, responsible for Columbo, Murder, She Wrote, and many TV movies, both as producers and writers.

In this movie, Anthony Hopkins is a prominent attorney who comes up with several ways to murder his wife (Blythe Danner) who has the goods on him and can expect a huge settlement in a divorce. In his mind, he argues the merits of the different plots before a judge, a portrait of his wife's father, and undergoes questioning by the DA, who is Hopkins in spectacles. Enter one of his dalliances, Swoosie Kurtz, and the fun begins. How is the murder going to be done? And who's going to be murdered? This is a wonderful movie, and the kind you couldn't make today - there's lots of talk - in fact, entire monologues by Hopkins as he talks back and forth with and to himself - and not a ton of action. Swoosie Kurtz is a riot as the offbeat mistress, and Blythe Danner appropriately elegant and thoughtful as Hopkins' wife.

It's unfortunate that these kinds of TV movies are no longer made. In the '80s, there were many of these mystery movies: Murder by Natural Causes, Rehearsal for Murder, Vanishing Act, The Guardian, etc., all very well cast. Today it's all true crime, which would be great, if any of them were half as well written as anything by Richard Levinson, William Link, or Larry Cohen.


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