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

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Alan J. Pakula

Writers:

Scott Turow (novel), Frank Pierson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Rusty Sabich
Brian Dennehy ... Raymond Horgan
Raul Julia ... Sandy Stern
Bonnie Bedelia ... Barbara Sabich
Paul Winfield ... Judge Larren Lyttle
Greta Scacchi ... Carolyn Polhemus
John Spencer ... Detective Dan Lipranzer
Joe Grifasi ... Tommy Molto
Tom Mardirosian ... Nico Della Guardia
Anna Maria Horsford ... Eugenia
Sab Shimono ... 'Painless' Kumagai
Bradley Whitford ... Jamie Kemp
Christine Estabrook ... Lydia 'Mac' MacDougall
Michael Tolan ... Mr. Polhemus
Madison Arnold ... Sergeant Lionel Kenneally
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Storyline

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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The ending of this movie was given away in an episode of the television series The Kids in the Hall (1988). See more »

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When Rusty is walking out of the court after the trial he is besieged by reporters. One of the reporters is holding up a portable tape recorder but there is no tape in it. 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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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 10 secs for a 15 certificate to remove the lines "He was trying to fuck her to death" and "Paying to suck his cock in a public place". Video releases were upgraded to an 18 though the prints used were the same as the cut cinema version. See more »


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MacNamara's Band
Music by Shamus O'Connor
Original Lyrics by John J. Stamford
American Version Lyrics by Red Latham, Walter Carlson (as Wamp Carlson) and Guy Bonham
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A court drama that works well.
2 February 2020 | by filipemanuelnetoSee all my reviews

This film is just another courtroom drama, where a prosecutor, a fairly ordinary and straightforward fellow, is accused of the brutal death of a colleague with whom, after all, he had had an affair.

The plot starts in a cold way and takes a while to catch our attention, there is really nothing that holds us and the film looks like it is going to suck. But after we enter the courtroom things really start to get interesting. We followed all the lawyers' arguments and the dialogue with the judge, the pace becomes more pleasant and faster and the twists and turns are taking place, endangering the life of that man who, after all, just wished that his wife had not heard of that stab in the marriage.

Harrison Ford is very good when he has to give life to ordinary men but to whom things happen. It is on him that much of the burden of the film falls, depending on his good performance. Beside him, we have a good and discreet Bonnie Bedelia and a sensual Greta Scacchi, with whom the actor gets good sexual chemistry. Raul Julia shone as a lawyer and Paul Winfield also does not do badly in the role of the judge.

Not being a very technical film, it is based mostly on the story it tells, and on the excellent performance of the actors. It may not be one of the court films that has aged better, as it is truly forgotten these days, but it deserves to be seen and appreciated for what it is.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Presumed Innocent See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,718,981, 29 July 1990

Gross USA:

$86,303,188

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$221,303,188
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1.85 : 1
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