Guilty Conscience

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 ...
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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?
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Special Features

Scene index; Quiz
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/26/2000
  • UPC: 096009012199
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Rating:

  • Source: Echo Bridge
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 955

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Arthur Jamison
Blythe Danner Louise Jamison
Swoosie Kurtz Jackie Willis
Donegan Smith Arthur Jamison's Double
Wiley Harker Older Man
Ruth Manning Older Woman
Technical Credits
David Greene Director
Stephanie Austin Producer
Billy Goldenberg Score Composer
Stevan Larner Cinematographer
Richard A. Levinson Screenwriter
William Link Screenwriter
Robert A. Papazian Producer
Jacqueline Saint Anne Costumes/Costume Designer
Parkie Singh Editor
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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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Chapter Selection
   Quiz
   Biography
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie, but the DVD is of poor quality

    Guilty Conscience is a terrific thriller, well acted by Hopkins, Kurtz and Danner. The ''will he, won't he'' kill his wife suspense keeps the viewer interested until the very end. Unfortunately my copy seems to have been made from a poor quality master, so that the picture is fuzzy. It is also lacking the first few minutes of the original film.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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