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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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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The French title for this film was "L'Avocat du Diable", which means "The Devil's Advocate". 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

David Greenhill: See, people like us Miriam, we're - we're warm. But she's a - she's an attorney.
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Referenced in By Sidney Lumet (2015) See more »

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Original and slickly done, but the pieces just don't fall into place as they should
22 September 2000 | by millennia-2See all my reviews

If it could be called anything, 'Guilty as Sin' is a missed opportunity, and that's putting it lightly. It could have been a great thriller, but something went wrong in the process, and the result is a mess, a failed vision abandoned halfway through. All of the blame lies in the obvious lack of interest on the part of the filmmakers. Sidney Lumet has directed THE best film of the 80s in 'Running on Empty', and one of the better 70s pics in 'Dog Day Afternoon', so the problem isn't a lack of talent. It's just that the makers of this movie were lazy, making it because they needed money, a job to be done as quick and painlessly as possible.

Because of this everything falls apart. Adding complications, DeMornay is seriously miscast. Though no one is doubting her ample acting skills, she looks misplaced here and just isn't all that good. Don Johnson on the other hand, is perfect for his role, though he may not be as good of an actor as DeMornay is.

'Guilty as Sin' is nothing more than a tedious, connect-the-dots thriller that wastes the talents of everyone involved. It isn't impossible to watch, it's just that it's not very good.

4/10


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