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Presumed Innocent (1990)

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As a lawyer investigates the murder of a colleague, he finds himself more connected to the crime than anyone else.

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Rozat Sabich - Rusty to most that know him, even in formal circumstances - is the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Kindle County, Illinois. His wife, Barbara Sabich, has been struggling with focus on completing her Ph.D. dissertation in Mathemetics - a thus far ten year process - she who nonetheless is applying for a college teaching position. They are generally in a loving, supportive marriage, Barbara who seems to have gotten over Rusty's infidelity with his colleague Carolyn Polhemus, an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Carolyn is ambitious, she who, in part, used Rusty to try and climb up the ladder. Barbara will still throw the issue of Carolyn in his face whenever there are problems between the two. Rusty and Carolyn's affair is unknown to others in their personal and professional circles. Rusty is handed the most personal case of his career when his boss and mentor, Chief Prosecuting Attorney Raymond Horgan, assigns him the case to discover who killed Carolyn, her dead body... Written by Huggo

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Some people would kill for love. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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27 July 1990 (USA)  »

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Aus Mangel an Beweisen  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,718,981, 29 July 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$86,303,188

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$221,300,000
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Theatrical film debut of Joseph Mazzello. See more »

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When Rusty is working late with Stern's assistant, he gets a phone call from his "uncle", but it's actually Lipranzer calling him. Rusty says, "look Greer, we're working to keep the glass out of evidence". He should have called him "Lip", not "Greer". See more »

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Rusty Sabich: [voiceover] I'm a prosecutor. I'm part of the business of accusing, judging and punishing. I explore the evidence of a crime and determine who is charged, who is brought to this room to be tried before his peers. I present my evidence to the jury and they deliberate upon it. They must determine what really happened. If they cannot, we will not know whether the accused deserves to be freed or should be punished. If they cannot find the truth, what is our hope of justice?
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Let The Drummer Loose
Written by Richard Wolf, Bret Mazur and Y.C. Smith
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Bland, Boring Pakula
14 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

The lead investigator (Harrison Ford) on a murder case becomes the prime suspect after it is revealed that he was having an affair with her. With fingerprints and DNA everywhere, can he convince them of his innocence? Besides Harrison Ford, we have Raul Julia playing a role other than Gomez Addams, which is nice to see. There is also the medical examiner, who is hilarious, by far my favorite character in the movie.

Not director Alan Pakula's best work by far, though he does well by covering the ground he covered in "All the President's Men" by mixing crime and politics. This is always an intriguing mix, especially when executed by a capable director, writer and cast. This film has such things, and is therefore a worthy film, and enjoyable.

I found the flashbacks to be annoying more than anything. I understand they were important to make the connection between the victim and the accused, but she was presented as if she was a gorgeous catch, but was rather hideous and manipulative. Her alleged liaisons with important men does not make her a victim that gets much sympathy from me.


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