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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Rusty Sabich (Harrison Ford) is a bland, oppressed man who burns with a quiet, corrosive intensity that can flare uncontrollably. A Philadelphia prosecutor, Sabich's fire seems to have one outlet: his job. He loves prosecuting people. Otherwise, his life is dead-ended. He has a loveless marriage to a neurotic woman (Bonnie Bedelia) and an overbearing boss (Brian

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Rusty Sabich (Harrison Ford) is a bland, oppressed man who burns with a quiet, corrosive intensity that can flare uncontrollably. A Philadelphia prosecutor, Sabich's fire seems to have one outlet: his job. He loves prosecuting people. Otherwise, his life is dead-ended. He has a loveless marriage to a neurotic woman (Bonnie Bedelia) and an overbearing boss (Brian Dennehy) in a labyrinthine law enforcement world of corruption and twisted relationships. Then Carolyn Polhemus (Greta Scacchi) comes into his life. Lovely and seductive, Polhemus easily entices him to break his marital vows, but she schemes to get him to try for his boss' job. When he refuses, she leaves him. When she turns up dead, the victim of an apparent rape-murder, clues begin to point to Sabich. His blood type almost perfectly matches that in the semen found in the victim, carpet fibers at the crime scene match those found in his house, and most damning, his fingerprints are found on a beer glass in Polhemus' apartment. His protestations of innocence ignored, Sabich is put on trial for the murder and hires his biggest adversary (Raul Julia) to defend him. ~ Nick Sambides, Jr.

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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:
01/27/1993
UPC:
0085391203438
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video

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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Presumed Innocent 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was excellent. If you are unfamiliar with the story, the movie is also very good. Did he do it or not is the question through out and will keep you guessing to the end. Some twists and turns will have you second guessing it all the way..........