Presumed Innocent
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"Conscientiously as this movie has been made, it does not work as well as the novel did or as some of Pakula's other films have."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"A ponderous adaptation of Scott Turow's cunningly plotted mystery novel."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"This could have been a great movie, but, despite being a darn good yarn well told, the essential magic is somehow missing."
‑ Sue Heal, Radio Times
"When you get right down to it, Presumed Innocent is really just an elaborate version of the standard courtroom drama -- souped-up Perry Mason. On the other hand, this is as good as Perry Mason gets."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Based on the bestseller by Scott Turow, this intellectual whodunit begins on a slowburn as the investigation gets under way, before being resolved in a cracking courtroom drama."
‑ , Film4
"Pakula and the cast are excellent in the cut and thrust debates and the grilling of witnesses. At least on the surface, Presumed Innocent unfolds in the grand tradition of great courtroom drama. But nothing in Presumed Innocent is what it seems."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Intelligent, complex and enthralling."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"A thudding disappointment."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Pakula keeps the suspense level high throughout and effectively brings off a series of twists at the end."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"A well-rigged whodunit."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Presumed Innocent is a stylish, dark-toned movie with handsome photography (by Gordon Willis) and solid performances."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A top-notch courtroom drama that will keep you guessing if you haven't read the book; even if you have, it is still a very well crafted story."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Never less than engrossing."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The performances are capable, if rarely inspired."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Gripping, well-acted whodunit courtroom drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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