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Guilty as Sin (1993)

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A female lawyer takes an accused wife-murderer as a client, but finds herself morally compelled to betray him one way or another.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca De Mornay ... Jennifer Haines
Don Johnson ... David Edgar Greenhill
Stephen Lang ... Phil Garson
Jack Warden ... Moe Plimpton
Dana Ivey ... Judge D. Tompkins
Ron White ... Prosecutor DiAngelo
Norma Dell'Agnese ... Emily, Jennifer's Assistant
Sean McCann ... Nolan, Greenhill's Doorman
Luis Guzmán ... Lt. Bernard Martinez
Robert Kennedy ... Caniff
James Blendick James Blendick ... McMartin
Tom Butler ... D.A. Heath
Christina Grace Christina Grace ... Miriam Langford (as Christina Baren)
Lynne Cormack Lynne Cormack ... Esther Rothman
Barbara Eve Harris ... Kathleen Bigelow
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Storyline

A man accused of murdering his wife approaches a hotshot female criminal attorney to take his case. The man is a self-professed womaniser, and his alleged motive would be the large sum of money his wife left him. The attorney begins to have second thoughts about representing him when he starts making it look like they're having an affair and tells her things she can't reveal because of lawyer/client privilege, so she starts her own investigation of him, which threatens her career and the safety of her friends and herself. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'avocat du diable See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,886,222
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although it is set in the United States (presumably Chicago), filming was done exclusively in Canada. See more »

Goofs

At 01:24:20, at the end of the trial when Moe lives the courtroom Jennifer's coat is visible on the first chairs behind the defense bench, neatly folded and resting against the back rest. Seconds later, when she picks it up, it is just lying on the seat of the chair. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer Haines: [about Greenhill] I think I can get him off.
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Referenced in By Sidney Lumet (2015) See more »

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Lumet delivers again, thanks to a sinister star sinning role
1 November 2014 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

What makes Guilty Of Sin so much fun, lies in it's title. We wanna believe the bad guy, Johnson, who we believe is pretty much guilty from the start, the movie's title, a strong inference, so you really can't call it a thriller. Johnson has always been an underestimated or underrated actor in my opinion, who never grade of A list, but has given so many good performances. Only here as a sexy, slimy, smarmy, narcissistic, son of a bitch who is as the title refers, he's exceptionally good, while De Mornay, defending him, isn't too bad. She falls for him, of course, despite the fact she's already involved. She soon realizes, this is her downfall, and by now he's pretty much soon he's got her, making her shake and cringe. Soon people around her are getting hurt, and the game becomes more violent. I've never enjoyed watching Don Johnson more, than in this, it's cool finale making you wanna jump up and clap. Despite the movie being a tad dry, with a kind of slow moving story, the latter really doesn't affect the film, thanks to bad guy Johnson and all the effectively tense and truly scary moments he delivers, in his performance, where sinning never looked better.


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