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Presumed Innocent (1997)

Harrison Ford , Brian Dennehy , Alan Pakula  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Bonnie Bedelia, Raul Julia, Greta Scacchi
  • Directors: Alan Pakula
  • Writers: Frank R. Pierson, Alan J. Pakula
  • Producers: Mark Rosenberg, Sydney Pollack, Susan Solt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 4.0), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 16, 1997
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0045HCJ8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,564 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Presumed Innocent" on IMDb

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Presumed Innocent (DVD)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ohboy, ohboy, ohboy! April 12, 2004
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Scott Turow is just simply an outstanding legal thriller author, and, IMO, this is still his best. It's ambiguous, sneaky, freaky, scary, and realy believable. A lovely and very seductive lawyer is murdered, and it becomes clear she's been having an affair. Then, much to his amazement, damning evidence points to the prosecuting attorney (played awfully well by Harrison Ford) as the prime suspect, esp when his superior (and a possible other suspect) sets him up for the fall.
And then there's Ford's odd possibly mentally ill wife...
Super good all the way through, and it'll keep you guessing as long as you don't read any reviews that give it away.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cornered by the Fates January 25, 2002
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Harrison Ford gives a riveting performance of a man cornered by fate, with so many facts staring him in the face that it is hard for others to believe that he has not killed femme fatale Greta Scacchi, his co-worker in the public prosecutor's office who abruptly terminated an affair with him when he refused to try and take his boss Brian Dennehy's job away from him and provide her with the top deputy's post. The femme fatale prosecutor, highly ambitious, also had an affair with Dennehy as well as Paul Winfield, the judge who presides over Ford's murder trial.
As typical in legal circles, a cornered defendant lawyer seeking to prove his or her innocence to a jury hires a respected adversary to defend his or her cause. After all, who has a better idea of a lawyer's worth than someone who has tangled in courtroom battle with that same individual? In this case prosecutor Ford calls on talented defense attorney Raul Julia to represent him. Ford is crushed to quickly learn after hiring Julia that Dennehy, the boss he refused to conspire against, after losing a bid for reelection reveals that he will testify against his former chief assistant.
Also coming into the fascinating mix is the neurotic wife of Ford, played by Bonnie Bedelia, who was well aware of his tryst with his fellow prosecutor. Bedelia plays a key role in the drama which is not resolved until after Ford's trial has played itself out.
Director Alan J. Pakula, the master of suspense filmmaking who previously gave us "All The President's Men" and "Klute," keeps the action moving at a quick pace. The trial scenes are particularly well done and move briskly. The adversary nature of a hard-nosed murder trial is convincingly presented.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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These are the issues that are explored in this film, directed by Alan J. Pakula, adapted from the best selling novel by Scott Turow. It is the story of chief deputy prosecutor Rozat "Rusty" Sabich (Ford) in the fictional Kindle County, whose seemingly normal life is shattered by the murder of a female colleague, Carolyn Polhemus (Scacchi). A colleague with whom he had previously engaged in an affair and whom he had stalked when she had broken off the affair.

Any illusions you may have about the integrity of the criminal justice system (in this fictional world) are swept away quickly. Sabich is coerced into heading the investigation of Polhemus' murder by his boss, prosecuting attorney Raymond Horgan (Dennehy). That is, until Horgan loses his reelection campaign and new prosecuting attorney Nico Della Guardia (Mardirosian) and his second whip Tommy Molto (Grifasi) charge him with Polhemus' murder.

One of the great aspects of this movie is that Sabich, while heading the murder investigation, seems very conflicted about his previous encounters with Polhemus, who we only see in flashback sequences during the film. We don't know if this is because of his emotional and sexual connection to Polhemus, or because he is the murderer himself. Suspicions are raised concerning Sabich's guilt throughout the first third of the movie, e.g., his obstruction of his lead investigator Detective Lipranzer (Spencer) by ignoring fingerprint evidence. This becomes ammunition against him later when he becomes the defendant.

Sabich's wife Barbara (Bedelia) throws gasoline on the fire by constantly nettling Rusty about the previous affair, and, most important, Rusty's obsession with Polhemus which even her death could not end.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty or Not Guilty? December 5, 2000
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If you are looking for a suspenseful movie with unsuspecting twists and turns, complete with a surprise ending, Presumed Innocent should fulfill your needs.
It is an incredible film that takes place in a corrupt judicial system. Harrison Ford plays a chief deputy and highly regarded prosecutor who is appointed to the homicide case of his fellow co-worker and former lover. Reluctant to agree because of remaining emotional ties and fear of hurting his wife all over again, Ford finally gives in to appease his demanding boss.
He is not on the case long before there is a turn of events, and instead of looking for a defendant, he becomes the defendant.
What makes this movie so interesting and appealing is that throughout the duration of the film, the viewer is left trying to decipher whether Ford is guilty or not. Incriminating events, such as a note from the deceased the day after the murder reading "I know it's you," are overturned with convenient coincidences, manufactured evidence, and uncovered relationships between others, leave you wondering. It is not until the very end that the surprising truth is revealed.
I was extremely impressed by this captivating film and highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrison Ford a favorite of
exciting , will keep you on the edge of your seat. Harrison Ford a favorite of mine
Published 17 days ago by Lew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 27 days ago by Sandra Mays
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one.
This is worth watching for its cast alone, Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, and of course the great Raul Julia. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Geradine Dinardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent performance by Harrison Ford.....a terrific thriller.
Published 1 month ago by Carole A. Rice
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Steven C. Minnich
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
really bad acting and directing and script.
Published 1 month ago by william swaine
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Just kind of ho hum.
Published 1 month ago by F. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Classic Harrison Ford Flick!
This is a 24-year old Harrison Ford classic flick and an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Scott Turow, which tells the story of a prosecutor charged with... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael A. Kelly
1.0 out of 5 stars Trurow tells a fine story, but it was always going to be ...
I read the book decades ago and still remember 4am page turners. I just read and finished "Innocent", the sequel to Presumed Innocent (PI) and wanted to check some of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great intense story
Published 1 month ago by ROBERT GROOM
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