Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Scott Turrow's Presumed Innocent (1990-film)

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Movie Info

Rusty Sabich (Harrison Ford) is a bland, oppressed man who burns with a quiet, corrosive intensity that can flare uncontrollably. A Philadelphia prosecutor, Sabich's fire seems to have one outlet: his job. He loves prosecuting people. Otherwise, his life is dead-ended. He has a loveless marriage to a neurotic woman (Bonnie Bedelia) and an overbearing boss (Brian Dennehy) in a labyrinthine law enforcement world of corruption and twisted relationships. Then Carolyn Polhemus (Greta Scacchi) comes into his life. Lovely and seductive, Polhemus easily entices him to break his marital vows, but she schemes to get him to try for his boss' job. When he refuses, she leaves him. When she turns up dead, the victim of an apparent rape-murder, clues begin to point to Sabich. His blood type almost perfectly matches that in the semen found in the victim, carpet fibers at the crime scene match those found in his house, and most damning, his fingerprints are found on a beer glass in Polhemus' apartment. His protestations of innocence ignored, Sabich is put on trial for the murder and hires his biggest adversary (Raul Julia) to defend him. ~ Nick Sambides, Jr., Rovi
  1. Presumed Innocent is a 1990 film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Scott Turow, which tells the story of a prosecutor charged with the murder of his female colleague and mistress. Wikipedia

  1. Initial releaseJuly 27, 1990 (USA)
  2. Initial DVD releaseDecember 16, 1997
  3. Based onPresumed Innocent
    by Scott Turow
    StarringHarrison Ford
    Brian Dennehy
    Raúl Juliá
    Bonnie Bedelia
    Paul Winfield
    Greta Scacchi
    John Spencer
    Jesse Bradford
    Music byJohn Williams
    Richard Wolf
    CinematographyGordon Willis
    Editing byEvan A. Lottman
    Distributed byWarner Bros.
    Release dates
    • July 27, 1990
    Running time127 min.
    Women have strong intuitions. Unless one is truly dense, women usually know in their gut when their husbands are unfaithful. It's the same with Barbara Sabich(Bedelia) here. She knew that Rusty and Carolyn were having a sordidly erotic affair and she did not like what she was feeling. She did not like how Carolyn made her feel inadequate. Barbara was beautiful, but she felt like rubbish compared to her. She also did not like the way Rusty was so concerned and it made her really, really mad and neurotic as Nick Sambides Jr. described her, but there is more to the story than that. Is Rusty Sabich guilty or not? Will Sandy prove his innocence? Or is there something more than meets the eye?   

    The screenplay, direction and acting were all awesome. So was the music and cinematography.  Did it do justice to Scott Turrow's masterpiece? Yes and no.  Should I expound? Maybe not.

    Bonnie Bedelia and Jesse Bradford
     "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned"- William Congreve, an English playwright and poet. (1670-1729)

Greta Scacchi's role, Carolyn Polhemus, was tailor-made for her

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