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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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Alan J. Pakula

Writers:

Scott Turow (novel), Frank Pierson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 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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Taglines:

Some people would kill for love. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aus Mangel an Beweisen See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Theatrical film debut of Joseph Mazzello. See more »

Goofs

When Rusty is discussing the case in Stern's office, there is a small figurine of a deer on the end table holding the lamp. When the camera angle changes to Rusty sitting next to the same table, the figurine is gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Soundtracks

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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Gripping but thorough moral thriller
18 January 2005 | by FramescourerSee all my reviews

This is cracking matinée fare. The cast is a big pool of Hollywood stalwarts as a fine supporting ensemble giving a thoughtful, adult vehicle to a typically thoughtful, adult lead from Harrison Ford. The drama is quite quiet and internal: don't be put off, as the cast handle it in a way decided non-European, investing characters with credible melodramatics and keeping everything entirely engaging. Some of the best courtroom set pieces I can remember.

The plot is a detailed psychological thriller that one finds hard to keep absolutely on top of, yet Pakula keeps his eye on the top layer. The story unfolds steadily and inexorably. I watched it for a second time on DVD this morning and even knowing the ending and the twists that bring it about I couldn't see them flagged up at any point in Ford's performance.

It's a film about the strengths and weaknesses of law - of civilisation - of the pitfalls of trying to be moral (referred to as 'ideal' throughout). Above all it tries to address humanity and love which it does patiently, accurately and really very entertainingly 8/10


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