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Guilty as Charged (1991)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 19 April 1991 (USA)
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A female parole officer discovers a secret death row prison under a meat plant, that's being run by the plant's unhinged vigilante owner and his reverend friend. A politician with a shady past becomes its latest "guest". But is he guilty?

Director:

Sam Irvin

Writer:

Charles Gale
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Steiger ... Kallin
Lauren Hutton ... Liz
Heather Graham ... Kimberly
Lyman Ward ... Stanford
Isaac Hayes ... Aloysius
Zelda Rubinstein ... Edna
Irwin Keyes ... Deek
Michael Beach ... Hamilton
Mitch Pileggi ... Dominique
Michael Talbott ... Sparrow
Terrance Ellis ... Georgie (as Terrence 'Terry' Ellis)
Ricky Dean Logan ... Landon
James Dybas ... Juan
Shawn Thompson ... Gary
Gale Mayron Gale Mayron ... Fran
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Storyline

Rod Steiger stars as a vigilante who with the aid of his helper, Isaac Hayes, captures men whom he considers evil and executes them in his homemade electric chair. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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People Who Are Getting Away With Murder Are In For A Big Shock.

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chair See more »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut for director Sam Irvin. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Electrician: Come on, man, it's cold. I really don't wanna be here all night.
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Referenced in The Lying Game: Not Guilty as Charged (2012) See more »

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Blood Alley #152
Composed and Performed by Ronnie Montrose
© 1988 Alien Echo Music (BMI)
Courtesy of I.R.S. No Speak Records
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A black comedy that takes itself too seriously.
5 February 2004 | by maeanderSee all my reviews

This is a strange film. It is a black satire that reminds me of a cross between Roger Corman's "Black Scorpion", Wes Craven's "Swamp Thing" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Family Plot". The casting is eclectic with Rod Steiger, Lauren Hutton, Heather Graham, Isaac Hayes and Zelda Rubinsten and deserves an A. The acting, however, is uneven and gets a B. The story (we've been here before) is a C. Not much of the budget is on the screen. With better production values it would have been a very interesting movie. As it is, the production values gets only a D.

The look of the film is that of a poor man's direct-to-video. That's too bad. With more texture to cover the obvious staleness of the story (ex: Tim Burton's "Batman") this could have been a remarkable film. Still, it's worth a look even if it never reaches it's potential. I don't know if you can blame the budget or the director, but it just misses. Still, certain moments do transcend the film's problems. Rod Steiger, Isaac Hayes and Heather Graham make this film worth a look even if in the end it is a disappointment.


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