Presumed Innocent

Presumed Innocent

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Director: Alan J. Pakula

Cast: Alan J. Pakula, Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raul Julia

     
 

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Alan J. Pakula's adaptation of the best-seller Presumed Innocent comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks have been rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, and a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in all three of thoseSee more details below

Overview

Alan J. Pakula's adaptation of the best-seller Presumed Innocent comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks have been rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, and a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages. Supplemental materials include trailers and production notes. This is an average release from Warner Bros., but it has been priced reasonably, making it worthwhile for fans of the film.

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Director Alan J. Pakula (The Parallax View, All the President's Men, Klute) yet again offers a study of paranoia in this exceedingly well-made version of Scott Turow's best-selling novel. Presumed Innocent is an ensemble courtroom drama that offers uniformly fine performances, ranging from Brian Dennehy's bullying, burnt-out chief prosecutor to Paul Winfield's street-smart judge. It is class from top to bottom. Pakula paints with somber burgundy hues and restrained performances an understated, adult portrait of a morally infected universe. It's ironic that every major character in Pakula's world of corruption and twisted relationships suffers from a physical or moral defect. Literally, no one escapes untainted. Especially noteworthy is Raul Julia's quiet, compelling performance as defense attorney Sandy Stern. Capable of booming performances, Julia underplays terrifically as a man whose eyes quietly prey for weakness. Like Brando in The Godfather, it's a performance entirely of gestures and nuance that offers glimmers of his coiled power. If there's a real weakness in Presumed Innocent, it is in Harrison Ford's performance as a prosecutor accused of murder. Ford gives himself a bad haircut and plays his character's intensity and explosive temper well, but lacks enough ambiguity to make you really believe that he could be guilty of murder. Still, like The Russia House, which was also made in 1990, Presumed Innocent is an ensemble piece that turns a well-written novel into a very fine and compelling film.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/17/1997
UPC:
0085391203421
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:07:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Production notes; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages & subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harrison Ford Rusty Sabich
Brian Dennehy Raymond Horgan
Raul Julia Sandy Stern
Bonnie Bedelia Barbara Sabich
Paul Winfield Judge Larren Lyttle
Greta Scacchi Carolyn Polhemus
John Spencer Detective Lipranzer
Joe Grifasi Tommy Molto
Sab Shimono "Painless" Kumagai
Jesse Bradford Nat Sabich
Kimberleigh Aarn Prosecuting Attorney
Peter Appel Glendenning
Madison Arnold Sgt. Lionel Kenneally
Reodorina Bello Ernestine
J. Bennett Guerasch
Thom Cagle Camp Counselor
Joseph Carberry Mr. McGaffney
Janis Corsair Reporter
Rick de Furia Prosecuting Attorney
Christine Estabrook Lydia "Mac" MacDougall
Allison Field Reporter
Ronald C. Frazier Stew Dubinsky
Leland Gantt Leon Wells
Michael Genet Court Clerk
Carla Goff Reporter
Anna Maria Horsford Eugenia
Robert Katims Cody
Tom Mardirosian Nico Della Guardia
Joseph Mazzello Wendell McGaffney
Julia Meade Moderator
DeAnn Mears Loretta
Richard L. Mewcomb Undercover Cop
Ted Neustadt Prosecuting Attorney
John Ottavino Chet
Ricky Rosa Camper
Bo Rucker Mike Duke
John Seitz Balestrieri
Tucker Smallwood Detective Harold Greer
Michael Tolan Mr. Pohlemus
Victor Truro Prosecuting Attorney
John Vennema Hudge Mumphrey
Miles Watson Arresting Detective
Ed Wheeler Jim, Arresting Detective
Bradley Whitford Jamie Kemp
Elisabeth Williams Prosecuting Attorney
Bill Winkler Tom
David Wohl Morrie Dickerman
Jeffrey Wright Prosecuting Attorney

Technical Credits
Alan J. Pakula Director,Screenwriter
John Boxer Costumes/Costume Designer
Fern Buchner Makeup
C5, Inc. Special Effects
William N. Fordes Consultant/advisor
Bob Guerra Art Director
George Jenkins Production Designer
Carol Joffe Set Decoration/Design
Evan Lottman Editor
Frank Pierson Screenwriter
Sydney Pollack Co-producer
Mark Rosenberg Co-producer
Susan Solt Executive Producer
Scott Turow Source Author
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Gordon Willis Cinematographer
Richard Wolf Songwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Standard
0. Jump To A Scene
1. "I am a prosecutor" (Credits) [3:41]
2. Bad news at work [4:06]
3. A mysterious file [4:07]
4. Still obsessing [2:31]
5. The funeral; the B-File's whereabouts [4:27]
6. More bad news [5:30]
7. See you guys happy [1:58]
8. Very good at playing roles [3:07]
9. What "Painless" thinks [2:47]
10. An Irish wake [3:22]
11. Memories of Carolyn [3:18]
12. Young Wendell McGaffney [1:33]
13. Courtroom teamwork [3:03]
14. After-hours rendezvous [3:57]
15. Ramond concedes [1:54]
16. Accused [2:20]
17. "I'm gonna need a lawyer" [5:37]
18. Sandy Stern takes the case [3:22]
19. Tactical planning [3:40]
20. Too tight a cork [4:01]
21. Pretrial motions; murder scene [4:09]
22. Trial begins; missing evidence [2:57]
23. Raymond takes the stand [8:42]
24. Lipranzer testifies [3:44]
25. Reasons vs. truth [3:56]
26. Interrogating Leon [4:24]
27. Fingerprint evidence [1:49]
28. "Painless" consults his notes [6:59]
29. What Barbara would say [1:09]
30. The judge rules [2:37]
31. Sandy's summation [1:51]
32. Christmas present [2:00]
33. Rusty's discovery [3:50]
34. Destroyer's fate [5:38]
35. Punishment; End Credits [4:26]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
0. Jump To A Scene
1. "I am a prosecutor" (Credits) [3:41]
2. Bad news at work [4:06]
3. A mysterious file [4:07]
4. Still obsessing [2:31]
5. The funeral; the B-file's whereabouts [4:27]
6. More bad news [5:30]
7. See you guys happy [1:58]
8. Very good at playing roles [3:07]
9. What "Painless" thinks [2:47]
10. An Irish wake [3:22]
11. Memories of Carolyn [3:18]
12. Young Wendell McGaffney [1:33]
13. Courtroom teamwork [3:03]
14. After-hours rendezvous [3:57]
15. Raymond concedes [1:54]
16. Accused [2:20]
17. "I'm gonna need a lawyer" [5:37]
18. Sandy Stern takes the case [3:22]
19. Tactical planning [3:40]
20. Too tight a cork [4:01]
21. Pretrial motions; murder scene [4:09]
22. Trial begins; missing evidence [2:57]
23. Raymond takes the stand [8:42]
24. Lipranzer testifies [3:44]
25. Reasons vs. truth [3:56]
26. Interrogating Leon [4:24]
27. Fingerprint evidence [1:49]
28. "Painless" consults his notes [6:59]
29. What Barbara would say [1:09]
30. The judge rules [2:37]
31. Sandy's summation [1:51]
32. Christmas present [2:00]
33. Rusty's Discovery [3:50]
34. Destroyer's fate [5:38]
35. Punishment; End Credits [4:26]

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