Guilty Conscience

Guilty Conscience

Director: David Greene

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Blythe Danner, Swoosie Kurtz

     
 

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Richard A. Levinson and William Link took the "fantasy murder" concept popularized in the classic Preston Sturges film Unfaithfully Yours (1948) one fatal step further in Guilty Conscience. Criminal attorney Arthur Jamison (Anthony Hopkins) wants to divorce his wife Louise (Blythe Danner) but will have to clean out all his assets to meet her alimony

Overview

Richard A. Levinson and William Link took the "fantasy murder" concept popularized in the classic Preston Sturges film Unfaithfully Yours (1948) one fatal step further in Guilty Conscience. Criminal attorney Arthur Jamison (Anthony Hopkins) wants to divorce his wife Louise (Blythe Danner) but will have to clean out all his assets to meet her alimony demands. With the help of mistress Jackie (Swoosie Kurtz), Arthur plans to murder his spouse and thus stave off financial ruin. But how best to pull off the dirty deed? Conjuring up an imaginary alter ego (also played by Anthony Hopkins), the attorney cerebrally stages several murder scenarios before hitting upon the perfect scheme. The fact that linear time is ignored throughout Guilty Conscience keeps the audiences on its toes. Are we watching another imaginary killing, or is this one the genuine article?

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
If Guilty Conscience had been remade by a major Hollywood studio a decade or two later, it probably would have crumbled under the weight of overwrought production design, big-name casting, and high-concept gloss. Thankfully, the original TV movie holds up due to its low-key tone, confident performances, and ingenious script (by Murder, She Wrote creators Richard A. Levinson and William Link). Watching old pros Anthony Hopkins, Blythe Danner, and Swoosie Kurtz hit all their marks with the sort of breezy professionalism that only an extensive theater background can provide, it's hard to see why only one of the trio would go on to become a superstar. Tightly plotted, flawlessly paced and clever rather than gimmicky, Guilty Conscience is the sort of Hitchcock homage that can hold its own against the master's work.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/26/2000
UPC:
0096009012199
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Echo Bridge
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
35,101

Special Features

Scene index; Quiz

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Murder [9:03]
2. Imaginary Court [7:01]
3. Coming Home [8:47]
4. The Discussion [7:13]
5. New Plans [11:15]
6. A Visitor [7:44]
7. Reversing Roles [4:32]
8. Revealing the Truth [8:40]
9. Conspiracy [3:45]
10. No Way Out [6:58]
11. Homicide [8:58]
12. Unsuspected Epilogue [5:42]

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