Presumed Innocent

  • 18
  • Alan J Pakula (1990)
  • US
  • 121 min
Presumed Innocent
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Harrison Ford was at the peak of his popularity when he starred in this glossy, highly polished blockbuster, playing a lawyer assigned to untangle the murder of his former mistress. Based on the multi-million-selling novel by Scott Turow, this could have been a great movie, but, despite being a darn good yarn well told, the essential magic is somehow missing. Ford was born to portray taciturn, bright professional men, and Alan J Pakula was a consummate director of taut thrillers, with Klute and The Parallax View among his credits. Quite what turns a very good movie into a classic remains the great Hollywood conundrum - the elements are here, but they're too tightly threaded for this to attain classic status.

Plot Summary

Thriller starring Harrison Ford and Brian Dennehy. Successful lawyer "Rusty" Sabich is forced to investigate the brutal murder of Carolyn Polhemus, a fellow attorney whose affair with Sabich had threatened his marriage. He soon uncovers high-level corruption, but then finds himself accused of the crime.

Cast and crew


Rozat "Rusty" Sabich
Harrison Ford
Raymond Horgan
Brian Dennehy
Alejandro "Sandy" Stern
Raul Julia
Barbara Sabich
Bonnie Bedelia
Judge Larren Lyttle
Paul Winfield
Carolyn Polhemus
Greta Scacchi
Detective Lipranzer
John Spencer
Tommy Molto
Joe Grifasi
Nico Della Guardia
Tom Mardirosian
Anna Maria Horsford
Nat Sabich
Jesse Bradford
Wendell McGaffney
Joseph Mazzello


Alan J Pakula

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Brothers
Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 18