Friday, March 14, 2014

Presumed Innocent (1990)

Synopsis: Ever wanted to see Harrison Ford sport a bad haircut and continuously yell: “I didn’t do it!”? If so, this is your movie.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Rusty Sabich is an up-and-comer in the county prosecutor’s office. He’s intelligent, hard-working, dependable. And, just maybe, he’s also a murderer.”

What Did I Learn?: If you’ve just been accused of committing a murder, it’s a really bad idea to sarcastically reply: “you’re right.”

Really?: 1) I can understand Horgan (Brian Dennehy) getting angry with Sabich for letting him down, but I had a bit of a hard time believing a former DA would lie on the witness stand in order to help frame a former colleague. 2) So, is Rusty going to have any trouble getting a job? Can he and his wife afford all those legal bills? Funny how their finances are mentioned once, and then the subject is conveniently dropped.

Rating: Boasting an all-star cast, Presumed Innocent is a good little film that features excellent courtroom drama and spine-tingling suspense. My only complaints would be that it takes a long time to get going (i.e. somewhere in the second act), and far too much time is wasted on some pointless scenes featuring Greta Scacchi before her character is bumped off – I guess Alan J. Pakula figured it needed some spicy sex scenes? 8/10 stars.

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