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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 Sean McCann ... Nolan, Greenhill's Doorman
Luis Guzmán ... Lt. Bernard Martinez
Robert Kennedy 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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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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

Before the climatic fall from the upper level, there is an obvious addition of footrests that have been added to the side of the balcony to serve as support for the stunt woman before she falls to the ground. See more »

Quotes

David Greenhill: See, people like us Miriam, we're - we're warm. But she's a - she's an attorney.
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References Dial M for Murder (1954) See more »

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Absurd Courtroom Psychological Thriller
31 May 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Chicago, after winning another important case, the prominent lawyer Jennifer "Jenny" Haines (Rebecca De Mornay) is approached by the cynical David Edgar Greenhill (Don Johnson), who is accused of murdering his wife. Greenhill is an arrogant self-confident womanizer that explores wealthy women and Jenny declines the case. However she finds Greenhill an intriguing blunt man and she decides to accept the challenge of defending him in court seeking the promotion of the trial by the press and the chance to prove how good she is again. But soon she regrets since her friend and veteran investigator Moe Plimpton (Jack Warden) finds that Greenhill has a suspicious past with other wealthy women that died and her boyfriend Phil Garson (Stephen Lang) has problems with him. But the manipulative Greenhill creates a situation and Judge D. Tompkins (Dana Ivey) forces Jenny and her firm to defend Greenhill. Soon Greenhill confidentially discloses other murders to Jenny using the lawyer-client privilege. Trapped to a criminal, what will Jenny do?

"Guilty as Sin" is an absurd courtroom psychological thriller written by Larry Cohen and directed by Sidney Lumet. The plot is entertaining but exaggerated, and despite the evilness of the wolf Greenhill, his power of manipulation and seducing women and plotting schemes in advance are unbelievable. He is always one step ahead and the efficient but naive Jenny does not find a way out afraid of losing her bar. Hard to believe that the justice system and her law firm could not find a way out of the situations created by her client. Don Johnson has great performance and the music score is also good. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Culpado Como o Pecado" ("Guilty as Sin")


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