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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rusty Sabich
... Raymond Horgan
... Sandy Stern
... Barbara Sabich
... Judge Larren Lyttle
... Carolyn Polhemus
... Detective Dan Lipranzer
... Tommy Molto
... Nico Della Guardia
... Eugenia
... 'Painless' Kumagai
... Jamie Kemp
... Lydia 'Mac' MacDougall
... 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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27 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aus Mangel an Beweisen  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Trivia

After the the murder of Carolyn Polhemus, Barbara Sabich wears dresses very similar to Carolyn's. See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Clerks. (1995) 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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Never presume anything
1 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Since it's Harrison Ford on trial for the murder of his coworker/mistress, and most everyone loves Harrison Ford, you want to believe he's innocent. But that belief is never a sure thing in "Presumed Innocent": a gripping, suspenseful whodunit that keeps you guessing mercilessly. All the leads here are right on target, especially Ford as the mumbling, elusive murder defendant. Most importantly, all the main players are ambiguous in one way or another, and while I certainly will not give away the ending (which is a beauty, I promise you) keep that in mind as you watch. Can you trust anyone??

The final scene was shocking and thought-provoking. And I couldn't help but think of the title, "Presumed Innocent." Naturally.


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