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Presumed Innocent (1990)

Director:
Alan J. Pakula

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Antatt uskyldig

RUNNING TIME
127 minutes

Producer:
Syndey Pollack
Mark Rosenberg

Screenwriter (based on the novel by Scott Turow):
Frank Pierson
Alan J. Pakula


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Rozat K. "Rusty" Sabich Harrison Ford
Raymond Horgan Brian Dennehy
Alejandro "Sandy" Stern

Raul Julia

Barbara Sabich Bonnie Bedelia
Judge Larren L. Lyttle Paul Winfield
Carolyn Polhemus Greta Scacchi -
Det. Dan Lipranzer John Spencer
Tommy Molto Joe Grifasi -
Nico Della Guardia Tom Mardirosian -
Eugenia Anna Maria Horsford -
Quentin "Jamie" Kemp Bradley Whitford -
Nat Sabich Jesse Bradford -
Wendell McGaffen Joseph Mazzello -
Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Wright -

 

Review

Prosecutor Harrison Ford is charged with murdering his colleague and lover (Greta Scacchi), a femme fatale who is believed to be after the position as the new District Attorney. With the odds against him, he hires top defence attorney Sandy Stern (Raul Julia) to help him out of the mire. This seemingly intricate and suspenseful courtroom thriller from Alan J. Pakula (All the President's Men, Sophie's Choice) has not stood the test of time very well. The wiring under the board becomes a bit too clear with modern, experienced eyes, and Pakula's cast of secretive characters are too genre-bound to keep us pinned. The exception is Julia, who steals his scene as Ford's cocksure attorney. Bonnie Bedelia also does well with what she has to work with in a part which is ultimately quite unthankful. The often wooden Ford this time tries so hard to be humanlike that he actually sheds a tear or two.

Copyright 21.11.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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