DVD Presumed Innocent [DVD] [] [1997] [Region 1] (DVD 6989416),
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Presumed Innocent [DVD] [] [1997] [Region 1]

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • PRESUMED INNOCENT, like most of director Alan J. Pakula's films is also a complex character study. Based on a best-selling novel by Scott Turrow, the courtroom murder mystery tells the story of prosecutor Rusty Sabich (Harrison Ford) who is accused of murdering his former mistress, the beautiful and ambitious Carolyn Polhemus (Greta Scacchi). All the physical evidence points to him, and Sabich's "golden child" character is in deep trouble. His marriage, too, is in jeopardy as new twists of events leave his wife Barbara doubting Ford's innocence, and Sabich's boss Raymond Horgan, who is running for reelection, simply wants the killer caught before his campaign suffers. Ford's performance (somewhat against type based on previous roles) is excellent as the beleaguered attorney who seeks an end to his nightmare, calling acerbic defense lawyer and rival (Raul Julia) to his rescue. Cinematographer Gordon Willis (THE GODFATHER) and Pakula, who collaborated previously on KLUTE, have created a film of shadow and darkness in which great performances keep the audience riveted right up to the unnerving ending.
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  • Credits
    Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raul Julia, Bonnie Bedelia, Paul Winfield, Greta Scacchi
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A smart, passionate, steadily engrossing thriller..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...[Winfield] has an imposing presence..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Brilliant casting.Harrison Ford, aging nicely, registers just the right mix of outrage and weary bewilderment..."
    USA Today

    "...Pakula has directed an intense, enveloping, gratifyingly thorough screen adaptation..."
    New York Times

    "...[Julia] steals his scenes....[A] tightly wound thriller"
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Intelligent, complex and enthralling, PRESUMED INNOCENT is one of those rare films where all the players seem to be in a state of grace..."
    Los Angeles Times

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