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Presumed Innocent

  • Drama
  • 1990
  • Alan J Pakula
  • 121 mins
  • 18

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Rozat "Rusty" SabichHarrison Ford
Raymond HorganBrian Dennehy
Alejandro "Sandy" SternRaul Julia
Barbara SabichBonnie Bedelia
Judge Larren LyttlePaul Winfield
Carolyn PolhemusGreta Scacchi
Detective LipranzerJohn Spencer
Tommy MoltoJoe Grifasi
Nico Della GuardiaTom Mardirosian
EugeniaAnna Maria Horsford
Nat SabichJesse Bradford
Wendell McGaffneyJoseph Mazzello

Crew

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DirectorAlan J Pakula

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Brothers
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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