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Presumed Innocent (1997)

Harrison Ford , Brian Dennehy , Alan Pakula  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 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: 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: November 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0045HCJ8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Presumed Innocent" on IMDb

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Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raul Julia. Scott Turow's bestseller about a deputy D.A. investigating the murder of a colleague with whom he had a stormy affair, until he becomes the prime suspect. 1990/color/125 min/R/widescreen.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ohboy, ohboy, ohboy! April 12, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cornered by the Fates January 25, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
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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10 of 10 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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10 of 11 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 Presumed Innocent
Another great older flick I enjoy watching from time to time. I like my Amazon Prime account because it will have great old movies like this that I get to watch absolutely free... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sharon Munday
4.0 out of 5 stars Similar Themes To "The Fugitive"
Released three years apart from each other, "Presumed Innocent" (1990) and "The Fugitive" (1993) share similar themes. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Zachary Koenig
5.0 out of 5 stars Read The Book--Enjoyed The Movie Too
Read the book and had to see the movie. I was not disappointed. Harrison Ford is one of my favorite actors, and he did an outstanding job of portraying Rusty Sabich.
Published 18 days ago by Sherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Presumed Suspenseful
If you like a suspenseful legal thriller, this one grabs you and doesn't let you go. Harrison Ford is superb as Rusty Sabich, a prosecuting attorney, who is accused of committing... Read more
Published 25 days ago by L. M. Keefer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but rough language
This was a good movie except for the repeated use of the F-word, which I hate. Harrison Ford does an excellent job, like always.
Published 1 month ago by Christy Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!
It was a great movie based on a great book. The acting was exceptional. In my opinion, Raul Julia made the movie.
Published 1 month ago by Roger
5.0 out of 5 stars see this movie!
See this movie. See it. It is amazing. A total classic. Harrison Ford plays against type and is extremely unpredictable.
Published 2 months ago by Douglas Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie!
packaged well. worth the money, always loved this movie, now i own it. I would recommend this to anyone. definitely worth it. cool.
Published 2 months ago by mike mullin
4.0 out of 5 stars Harrison Ford
An interesting murder mystery with several known actors. I always enjoyed this movie. Harrison Ford's performance is always at its best. A good movie. Remj
Published 3 months ago by Remj
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I am now finishing the book and it is written well. The movie is well directed and does the book justice.
Published 3 months ago by Gianny
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